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Cha No Kiminoen - Delicious Matcha Ice Cream And Japanese Tea In Ueno
Written by Miku Yasuda
Do you like ice cream? Do you like matcha? At this Japanese tea shop in Ueno, you can try delicious matcha ice cream containing rich, fresh green tea powder! They also offer a great variety of Japanese teas which make great souvenirs.
Ueno is a popular place to visit for locals and travelers alike. It hosts Ueno Park, Ueno Zoo, Museums and the popular shopping street of Ameyoko.
In this article, we'll introduce Cha no Kiminoen, a shop that sells matcha soft serve as well as unique green teas.
Cha no Kiminoen - A Tea Shop With a Long History
Cha no Kiminoen is a specialized Japanese tea shop with more than 90 years of history. It is located right in the middle of Ameyoko, one of Tokyo's sight-seeing areas.
Inside the shop, you may notice a lot of trophies lining the shelves. They are the shops awards for spreading the culture of Japanese tea globally as well as in Japan.
Delicous Soft Serve in Three Flavours
One item the shop is very popular for is it's matcha soft serve. Matcha ice cream is very popular in Japan and it's sold in many places.
At Cha no Kiminoen you will get to taste an rich matcha soft serve using high-quality matcha and milk from Hokkaido in its ingredients. You can choose between Hokkaido milk soft serve, matcha soft serve and matcha mix which is a combination of both.
The price for the matcha soft serve is 350 yen, the others are 300 yen.
We decided to order the mixed option. The sweet, thick Hokkaido milk provides you with a rich vanilla flavor. On the other hand, the bitter taste of matcha will leave a refreshing aftertaste. This soft serve brings out the best in both, the rich vanilla and bitter matcha and turns it into a well-balanced ice cream.
How About Buying Some Japanese Tea as Souvenir?
If you enjoy the tea flavor of the soft serve, we highly recommend taking a closer look at the vast variety of tea on display. This is a shop with a lot of history and is best known for their tea selection.
Something that makes the store so unique is that they offer many kinds of rare tea leaves which aren't even known to Japanese people. Prices start at about 200 yen and can go all the way up to a couple of thousand yen. That's why they make a great souvenir for any budget.
Pictured above are beautifully decorated cans for the tea leaves. The tea leaves should be kept away from humidity, heat, and sunlight, so it is necessary to keep them in a can. We recommend buying a can together with the tea leaves to make sure they keep fresh. The can itself makes for a beautiful souvenir as well.
While it goes without saying that you need to eat the soft serve right after buying, Cha no Kiminoen also sells matcha cookies. These last for a longer period of time and you can take them back as a souvenir as well. It's a great way to enjoy their authentic matcha taste with your family and friends.
If you visit the Ueno area, you should definitely check out Cha no Kiminoen to try their soft serve, and take home some Japanese tea souvenirs.