Nakamura Tokichi Honten (Main Store) 中村藤吉本店 – A Matcha with History

Uji is a place for matcha. By JR line 8,9 or 10, it only takes 5 or 6 stations ahead from Kyoto station to this famous local cafe – Nakamura Tokichi the main store. For over 200 history, they have been serving meals of savory soba and sweet treats, provided that no booking in advance and only walk in available.

Arriving at 10:50, Tokichi in fact opens at 11, but that is already the 24th on the waiting list.

Nearby is the tea shop where visitors can buy souvenirs such as pound cakes, cookies, jelly cup and specially selected tea.

After the first crowd being settled, we are seated at a cushion corner with colourful table cloths and hot tea served. The meals are quickly served, for the first lunch set, a bowl of buckwheat matcha soba topped with mackerel fish sweet glaze. Together is a mini portion tea jelly that is similar to the bigger portion, which is differently served inside an exclusive wooden container to keep temperature cold.

The matcha jelly is very cooling, silky, pairs amazingly with lovely dango, sweet azuki bean and luscious scoop of matcha ice cream. It is so fragrant and rich in matcha flavor.

The most fascinating dish is surely the warabimochi as it is served limited daily. Choosing between soybean or matcha powder and with or without kuromitsu syrup, the chewiness and roasted sweet flavor is unbeatably a heaven on earth.

While a less aesthetic red bean soup is served piping hot, the two rice cakes are still large, thick and perfect glutinous texture which no one would ever judge about.

Truth to be told, it i is very worth to pay an hour visit for an authentic matcha experience at Nakamura Tokichi Honten, the Main Store.

Nakamura Tokichi Honten (Main Store)

The Garden

Tea Leave

Nakamura Tokichi Honten


Matcha Buckwheat Soba with Mackerel Fish

Tea Jelly (Matcha)
生茶啫喱 (抹茶)

Matcha Jelly, Dango, Azuki Bean, Matcha Ice Cream

Bracken Starch Mochi

Matcha & Brown Sugar Syrup


Tokusei Zenzai
Rice Cake & Sweet Beans

Nakamura Tokichi Honten (Main Store) 中村藤吉本店
Address: 10 Uji Ichiban, Uji City, Kyoto
Telephone: +81-(0)774-22-7800
Opening Hours: Tea Shop Mon-Sun 10:00-17:30 ; Cafe 11:00-17:30

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