Mar. 20, 2019 UPDATE

Tsujirihei Uji Honten

- 辻利兵衛本店 -
Tsujirihei, one of the most famous tea shops in Kyoto, also makes some of the best matcha parfaits in Kyoto
When talking about Uji and matcha, the talk naturally often starts from Tsujirihei, one of the most famous tea shops originating from Uji. Their main store is a teahouse a 5-minute walk from JR Uji Station that specializes in sweets and tea. There are not many teahouses even in Uji that take their tea as seriously as Tsujirihei. This teahouse is a great place to try and get to know Japanese tea culture a bit better – maybe even have your very first gyokuro here! (Gyokuro is the Jamaican Blue Mountain of Japanese tea.) One of the best things about Tsujirihei is that their sweets are not too sweet. Even their traditional Japanese sweets have a refined sweetness to them; the tastes don’t overpower the delicate tastes of the tea with their sweetness.
Seasonal parfait
Seasonal parfait / Prices change depending on season
In the picture, you can see the winter parfait, which uses an ample amount of Japanese strawberries on it. The most interesting thing about this parfait is that it changes seasonally, so in effect having this parfait is the equivalent of having a seasonal kaiseki dinner. The winter parfait in the picture is 1,800 yen but the prices differ based on the season. The parfaits all come with a matcha sauce you can use to make the taste of matcha even stronger.
Matcha parfait
Matcha parfait / ¥1,600
This is one of the most classic things you can have at Tsujirihei, their world-renowned matcha parfait, which in Japanese is named “Tsujirihei proudly presents: matcha parfait.” This parfait is also served with matcha sauce and topped with a carefully handmade matcha cookie and matcha chocolate truffle.
Matcha warabimochi with matcha sauce
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Matcha warabimochi with matcha sauce / ¥900
If you want to try something even more traditional, then this would be a nice start. The matcha warabimotchi taste pretty good by themselves, but the taste becomes truly alive when you pour matcha sauce on them. The kinako powder used in the warabimochi makes the taste go really well with some tea with a lot of umami like gyokuro.
Matcha and hojicha chocolate truffles
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Matcha and hojicha chocolate truffles / ¥1,000
These Japanese truffles are actually chestnuts covered with matcha and hojicha chocolate. The most incredible thing about these truffles is that they’re made to order, so you get to eat them fresh and at their most delicious.
How to Order

how to order - Tsujirihei

One important part of having sweets at Tsujirihei Uji Honten is having some tea that goes well with the sweets. This is where their English and Chinese speaking staff shines, as they can recommend you just the tea to go with your parfait and other sweets. 

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It’s hard to put in words how beautiful the old building the teahouse is located in is. You get to feel the history behind Tsujirihei here, you get to see the roaster they used to use to roast hojicha, and you even get to see the tools the present CEO’s mother used to use to write the calligraphic logos of Tsujirihei’s products. My personal recommendation is their hojicha parfait, there is a little bit of smokiness in the taste that I liked very much.
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It’s easy to relax here – the interior of the teahouse combines old and modern influences perfectly, and the staff is just so nice. The teas are all very fragrant and have a distinct sweetness to them. The sweets are not too sweet but have an elegance to their taste. The prices here are not cheap, but that is understandable as the ingredients they use are really top-class. This teahouse is a nice place to enjoy authentic matcha.
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Tsujirihei Uji Honten / 辻利兵衛本店
Category Matcha / Green Tea
Phone +81 774-23-1111
Address 41 Uji Wakamori, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture
Directions A 5-minute walk from JR Uji Station.
Open Hours 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Last orders at 5:00 p.m.)
Reservations Accepted.
Closed Tuesdays.
Notes You sometimes have to wait a little before you can get seated, as Tsujirihei Uji Honten is a very popular teahouse. If you don’t like waiting, be sure to make a reservation.
Price range
Credit cards Accepted.
Good for With Friends
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
They have staff who can speak English and Chinese.
Menu English and Japanese.
Lanuages spoken Japanese, Chinese, and some English.
Number of seats 52.
Private dining rooms No.
Non smoking / smoking Nonsmoking
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