Friday, December 11, 2015

Nishinotoin Tea Shop & Tea House Motoan (Marukyu-Koyamaen)

Marukyu Koyamaen/丸久小山園 tea shop and Tea House Motoan/元庵 are located on Nishinotoin-dori in Kyoto, a short walk from Nijo Castle.

The tea shop is located just inside the entrance.  Here you'll find a great selection of award-winning teas and you might even see their matcha grinder in action.

Seating for Tea House Motoan is to the back, alongside a tea garden with a glimpse of a chashitsu (tea room) for tea ceremony.  Ambient lighting, instrumental music, and a tokonoma with scroll and floral arrangement set the mood for enjoying fine teas.

I requested the matcha set with CHOAN usucha (thin matcha) and kurikinton wagashi (tea sweet). Water service was generous and was served in cut glass with a touch of gold where it had been repaired with kintsugi, bringing a welcome wabi sabi feeling to the tea service.

After I finished the matcha and wagashi, I was treated to a cup of Marukyu Koyamaen's seasonal Tsubokiricha sencha. This was a happy coincidence because I had planned before my visit to purchase their Tsubokiri matcha.

Address: 〒604-8277京都府京都市中京区西洞院通御池下ル西側

Tea Shop: Mon-Sat 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed Sunday

Tea House Mon-Sat 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Sunday

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