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Shops serving delicious tea from the first harvest of the year A fragrant seasonal gift, straight from nature's bounty

May is when tea is freshly picked in the warmth of early summer. New leaves brimming with nutrients accumulated over the winter months cover the tea fields like a brilliant green carpet. This new tea, or shincha, is treasured by the Japanese not just because of its wonderful aroma and taste, but because it is a good luck charm. The taste of new tea, with its refreshing aroma, flavor, and just the right amount of astringency, is a delicious gift that comes just once a year.

Learn how to brew delicious tea to your liking

While you may be familiar with shincha, "Japanese tea" also includes sencha (medium grade tea), matcha, hojicha (roasted green tea), and many others. Part of the fun is finding a taste that's right for you. Learn about the different tea types and how to brew tea, then have a professional brew you a cup of the tea you've selected.

There are other restaurants and specialties in Kyoto as well

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