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Food store
Open: Tue - Sun from 11am

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +81 3 5786 0024
Address: Spiral Bldg 5F, 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama
Omotesando, 106-0031
Country: Japan

Souen - Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience is both a tea shop where you can buy some of the best tea from Japan and a place where you can sit down and experience a fascinating Japanese tea tasting. It is run by a tea master called Shinya Sakurai who sources tea from throughout Japan, but only tea of the very highest quality.
Our tasting at this venue was one of the most enlightening tea experiences we have ever had. It included two teas one of which was a shade-cloth Gyokuro which was a green tea of exceptional quality. So good was it, in fact, that after drinking three infusions of the tea, we were given chopsticks and invited to eat the leaves with a dash of salt and then with a soy sauce. They were delicious!
For those who only speak English they advertise that English is spoken after 11am! This is because Sakurai-san's assistant, Katsuhito Imaizumi, starts work at that time. His English is very good - in fact he has worked in our home island of Tasmania.
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