Casually enjoy green tea in traditional kura-storagehouse
Text: Keiko Nakamura / Photo: Yuki Sato
Salon de KANBAYASHI (Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten) is a collaboration cafe project with traditional Uji green tea shop Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten with a 450 years history in the business. It is located inside the Akagane Resort Kyoto Higashiyama 1925, just near the Yasaka no to pagoda.
Akagane Resort is itself a renovated facility of a residence of traditional manufacturer's home. The kura (storehouse) is now used as this cafe. Thick frame stands out in the Japan modern style interior but creates a quiet space. It's a perfect place to enjoy real green tea by Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten, which is now managed by the 14th generation.
Kanbayashi Shunsho has been designated as highest quality tea maker since the shogunate period. Today, they are known for cooperating with the development of plastic bottled green tea 'Ayataka'. They have an original 'gougumi' technique in blending the tea. I ordered Original blend sencha (750 yen). A staff came with a tea set and lectured me through as the tea had been prepared. A 100 degrees hot water is used to warm the cup, then the 85 degrees water, which is believed to be the best in making good tea, is poured into the pot and waited 1.5 minute. It was refreshing with slight bitterness and roasted aroma.
About 5 different tea are available such as Gyoroku (900 yen~). Matcha Shiratama Zenzai (600 yen) and seasonal desserts (the photo is this year's Christmas limited menu) is prepared by a patissier. They also have other drinks such as coffee so you can casually try out the Japanese tea culture here.
ADDRESS: Inside Akagane Resort Kyoto Higashiyama 1925, 400-1 Kawara-dori Kodaiji-to no mae agaru Kinencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto (map)
CLOSED: Tuesday, Weekend and public holidays may be closed irregularly
★TRAVEL IDEA ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto'
① Visiting Temples and Shrines
② Buying souvenirs
③ Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano
④ Having Kyo-ryori
⑤ Wearing Kimono
⑥ Having Japanese tea
⑦ Having seafood
⑧ Visiting shops in Machiya
⑨ Being exposed to a traditional culture
⑩ Feeling nature