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Find Japanese Tea Souvenirs at These Three Shops

Apr 07, 2020

Japanese tea is a hot trend in many countries. Green tea, matcha, and other teas from Japan have become internationally famous. When you come to Japan, picking up some authentic tea in gorgeous wrapping as a souvenir for the tea lover in your life is a must. Keep reading this article to find out where you can find high-quality Japanese tea in Shinjuku!

Cha Maruyamaen, Delivering High-Quality Japanese Tea to the World

Cha Maruyamaen is a Japanese tea specialty shop near Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden that sells not only green tea but tea ceremony goods as well. Their top recommendation is their tea from Shizuoka, an item that has been a staple since the shop was founded. The flavor of this tea has not changed throughout the years. This is their most popular item, and it features soft, freshly grown tea leaves that are slowly steamed to draw out the mild yet rich flavor. In addition to tea from Shizuoka, they also offer tea from Kagoshima that is a brilliant green, Yamecha tea that is wonderfully sweet, Ureshino tea with a light, pleasant fragrance, Ujicha tea that has a high-end flavor, and other specialty teas from around Japan. There are plenty of varieties of green tea, both roasted and unroasted, as well as tea with roasted rice to choose from.



Of course, the uber-popular matcha can be found in the shop. All of the tools you need to prepare the tea are available as well, so you can enjoy your matcha authentically or make it a latte with milk and sugar. Cha Maruyamaen has the tools to help you enjoy tea however you like!



Cha Maruyamaen also has English explanations on how to prepare tea properly, and they use Japanese Washi paper as wrapping. Tea wrapped in washi paper is the perfect souvenir for your loved ones who are tea fanatics! Don’t feel intimated by the wide selection available and get some authentic Japanese tea from this specialty shop today!

Cha Maruyamaen (Gyoen-mae Branch)
1-8-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022
Telephone Number: 03-3356-4188
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, and National Holidays
A 15-minute walk from Shinjuku Station on the Odakyu Line, JR Line, Keio Line, and Toei-Oedo Line.
Located just outside of Shinjuku-Gyoen Station’s Exit 2 on the Marunouchi Subway Line
*Due to COVID-19, the days/hours open are subject to change.

LUPICIA, a Shop Featuring Tea From Around the World

You can find specially selected tea from around the world at LUPICIA (stylized with all capital letters). Four hundred different varieties of tea are available each year, including black tea, oolong tea, Japanese tea, original blends made with high-quality tea leaves, as well as fragrant flavored teas.

As LUPICIA specializes in tea, they take care in selecting what they carry, often importing directly from the source, so you’re guaranteed to be getting pure tea every time. You can enjoy fresh tea leaves that were steamed as soon as they were harvested, as well as an unlimited number of flavor and fragrance variations. You can find everything from traditional teas, as well as herb teas and flavored teas that use green tea as a base here.



A popular choice is the Momo Vert, a green tea with white peach flavor. You’ll feel as you’re drinking tea flavored with a fresh, juicy peach! We recommend making drinking this tea cold for an extraordinarily refreshing feeling.



Another popular selection is Hotel de Ville, a tea that is only available at LUPICIA’s Shinjuku Keio branch. The Darjeeling and Assam base is mixed with pan-fired green tea and a mild white tea. All of the world’s famous teas come together in a beautiful harmony through this unique blend. If you’re a tea lover, then make sure to stop by LUPICIA!

LUPICIA (Shinjuku Keio Branch)
Keio Department Store Shinjuku MB Floor, 1-1-4 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Telephone Number: 03-5325-5807
Hours of Operations: 10:00AM-8:30PM
Irregular closures
www.lupicia.com
A one-minute walk from Shinjuku Station’s West Exit (from the JR Line, Keio Line, Odakyu Line, Marunouchi Subway Line, and the Toei Oedo Line) https://www.lupicia.co.jp/shop/shop.php?ShpCD=kt26"
*Due to COVID-19, the days/hours open are subject to change.

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Keio Department Store, Shinjuku

Located just outside the Shinjuku Station West Exit and next to the airport limousine bus stop, Keio Department Store, Shinjuku, is a convenient place for shopping before departing Japan. You can find…

Address
1-1-4 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8321
Telephone number
03-3342-2111
URL
https://www.keionet.com/info/shinjuku/foreign/en/
Hours of operation
10:00–20:00
Note: May vary depending on the season and floor

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Try Specially Selected Japanese Tea at Ippodo

Ippodo is a tea shop that specializes in Japanese tea that was founded in Kyoto 300 years ago. Although Japanese tea is often lumped into one big category, there are many towns where tea is produced and ways it is made. Each area has its own way of expressing the flavor of their tea. Ippodo specializes in tea from Kyoto, a tea that is known for its gentle aroma, delicate sweetness, and a mild taste.



Ippodo carries all kinds of tea, from tea leaves meant to be prepared in a small teapot to tea bags that can be easily made. There is a large selection available as well, with ten different green teas alone. They also offer sencha tea, a type of green tea that is common in Japan, rare Gyokuro tea that is made with tea leaves that are not mass-produced, roasted green tea, and green tea with roasted rice that goes well with meals. In total, there are around 40 types of tea for sale, with instructions on how to prepare the tea also available.



If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask the knowledgeable staff on-site in the Ippondo shop in the Odakyu Department Store. They are happy to guide you to a tea that suits your palate the best.

Ippodo Tea (Shinjuku Odakyu Branch)
Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku B2, 1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Hours of Operation: 10:00AM-8:30PM
Closed on irregular days
http://www.ippodo-tea.co.jp/en/index.html

*Due to COVID-19, the days/hours open are subject to change.

Location information

Odakyu Department Store Shinjuku

This department store is directly connected to Shinjuku Station, the train station with the highest number of passengers in Japan. Featuring a wide lineup of everything from popular cosmetics and luxu…

Address
1-1-3 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Telephone number
03-3342-1111
URL
http://www.odakyu-dept.co.jp/shinjuku/
Hours of operation
10:00AM-8:30PM Note: May vary according to the floor, day of the week and season.

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Japanese tea is a very complex subject with a rich history. Though you can’t learn all about it in a day, stop by these shops to get a good foundation. Don’t forget to pick up some authentic Japanese tea as a souvenir for those back home!

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