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Nakamura Tokichi (Main Store) 中村藤吉本店
Address: 10, Ichiban Uji , Uji-shi, Kyoto / 京都府宇治市宇治壱番十番地
Hours: [Tea Shop] 10:00am-6:00pm [Cafe] 11:00am-6:00pm
Price: [Set Meal] ¥980-1,100 [Desserts] ¥720-800
Uji, a tranquil and charming town 30 minutes outside of Kyoto, is known for having the best green tea in all of Japan. Among the many tea roasters and sellers, 150-year-old Nakamura Tokichi is especially well-known not just for serving excellent tea, but also a range of tea-flavored desserts that will delight even those who are not in the habit of tea drinking.
Nakamura Main Store
Cute little things in the garden
Brightly colored table mats
For lunch, we ordered a set of tea soba and a set of tea udon, each also including a bowl of seaweed-seasoned rice, pickles, and a cup of tea jelly dessert. The tea flavor was almost indiscernible and the noodles, while decent in flavor, are not really a destination in themselves. The miniature dessert, on the other hand, was a delightful cup of tea jelly, sweet red bean paste, and glutinous rice ball. I was absolutely convinced that I had to try their full-size desserts before I leave Uji.
Tokichi Udon Set 藤吉うどんセット¥980