Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jugetsudo Kabukiza

Jugetsudo Kabukiza is located in Tokyo's Ginza district on the 5th Floor of the Kabukiza Tower, alongside the Kabuki Photo Studio, Kabuki Gallery, and Rooftop Garden.  Jugetsudo Kabukiza opened in 2013 and is the latest of three tearooms opened by Maruyama Nori which has been in business since 1854.  Jugetsudo Tokyo opened in the Tsukiji district in 2003 and Jugetsudo Paris opened in 2008.


The interior of Jugetsudo was designed by architect Kengo Kuma, using 3,000 pieces of bamboo to divide the space and diffuse the light while creating a smooth transition between spaces and from tearoom to garden.




Guests in the dining area of Jugetsudo can enjoy natural light and a beautiful view of the Rooftop Garden. Access to the Garden is free and well worth a stroll.


I selected Sencha Set A featuring Miyo no Hikari, one of Jugetsudo's finest sencha, served with a seasonal momiji wagashi.


To bring out the best flavor, I was instructed to allow the boiling hot water to cool in the yuzamashi for two minutes, pour into the kyusu and steep for one minute before serving. Hot water refills are free and this sencha will produce four to five delicious infusions.


The entrance to the Tower is to the left around the corner from the entrance to Kabukiza Theater. Look for the elevator for Floors 5-7 as it's the only one in the lobby that will take you to the 5th Floor.

Address: 東京都中央区銀座4-12-15 歌舞伎座タワー 5F
Ginza 4-12-15, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Kabukiza Tower 5th Floor

Hours:
10:00 am to 7:00 pm

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