Enjoy Chinese medicine-inspired Japanese tea at Sione close to Ginkaku-ji Temple
This café is located in a renovated traditional Japanese hotel close to Ginkaku-ji Temple, and it has a special kind of nostalgic feel to it. It also has a store where they sell accessories and tea. Their teas are named after meteorological phenomena, and they all have pictures on the cups that match this name. They also sell earthenware and not only this, they also have nice utensils on sale too. You can, of course, buy Chinese medicine tea teabags for use at home too, so you can get some nice souvenirs from this café. If you happen to be walking around this area, it’s a nice idea to come to this café for a relaxing cup of tea.
Sunny (Relaxing and good for skin) / ￥900 (+tax)
They have six Chinese medicine teas for you to choose from, but for most women, this one which helps make your skin beautiful and relaxes should be the best choice. This Jasmine tea has a nice rosy taste to it, and the aftertaste has a delicate sweetness to it. It also helps keep your blood clean and it’s full of nutrients your body needs. The cup even has a nice picture of the sun shining from behind a cloud. If you want to feel relaxed, have a cup of Sunny tea!
Traveling Japanese tea Deep Forest Gyokuro / ￥1,200 (+tax)
Gyokuro is one of the most expensive teas in Japan. The water you use to make a cup of gyokuro tea needs to be less than 60 degrees Celsius. This way the tea is at its most fragrant and its delicate taste is retained. The fragrance of the tea is absolutely wonderful, and the sweet aftertaste is like you’d expect from the best of the best. The tea contains many vitamins and minerals, and it helps keep your skin in good condition.
Dessert plate / ￥680 (+tax)
The desserts at this café are made by the famous Okashimaru of Kyoto. The desserts we had this time were from the left: white chocolate and yuzu cake, and in the middle, the famous Okashimaru-favorite, Mineral Fruit. It looks just like a mineral crystal, and it has its hard on the outside but jelly-like on the inside. The pickled vegetables on the right bring an interesting contrast to these sweet tastes.
medicine tea / Starts from ￥1,852 (+tax)
You can also drink their Chinese medicine tea at home! The tea is conveniently packed in teabags, so making the tea is easy. This tea is also great for your health. The tea is in really good looking packages so they make for great souvenirs. They have five different teas for you to try.
How to Order
Although their menu is only in Japanese, the staff can tell you about the teas.
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Their Chinese medicine teas are what they are most famous for, but their Japanese teas are also great. Why not try both?
3.9 food3.5 service4.0 atmosphere4.3
|Address||29 Jodoji Ishibashi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture|
|Directions||Take City Bus #5, #100, #102, #203, or #204 to Ginkakuji-michi bus stop. From there it’s a 5-minute walk to the café.|
|Open Hours||11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Last orders at 5 p.m.)|
|Good for||Solo, Romantic, With Friends, Families with Children|
The café is close to Ginkaku-ji, access is convenient, and it’s a nice café. So why not have a cup!
|Lanuages spoken||Simple English.|
|Number of seats||Seating for 11 people.|
|Private dining rooms||No.|
|Non smoking / smoking||Nonsmoking.|