8 Tea Cafes near Shizuoka Station! Recommended Japanese tea and sweets stores!【Shizuoka Prefecture】

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8 Tea Cafes near Shizuoka Station! Recommended Japanese tea and sweets stores!【Shizuoka Prefecture】

Shizuoka is a famous tea-producing region in Japan where a variety of teas from all over the country are sold. There are more than 500 tea shops in Shizuoka Prefecture, and more than 120 in Shizuoka City alone, making it a fierce battleground in the tea industry. In this article, we will introduce 8 select tea cafes where you can easily enjoy Shizuoka tea, all within 10 minutes from Shizuoka Station.

8 Tea Cafes near Shizuoka Station!

There are many cafes within a 10-minute walk or bus ride of Shizuoka Station. Many of them offer a variety of take-out options, so you can enjoy walking the streets of Shizuoka with a cup of delicious Shizuoka tea in hand.

So without further ado, let us introduce some Japanese tea cafes near Shizuoka Station.

CHA10 (Chato)

cha10

A 10-minute walk from Shizuoka Station, “CHA10 (Chato) Organic Matcha Stand” has a distinctive bright blue exterior. This tea café is popular for its café menu using organic tea from long-established tea merchant Kakuni Chato.

Kakuni Chato, which also focuses on overseas exports, was quick to respond to the high level of organic consciousness in overseas markets and offers high-quality organic teas that have been JAS certified. CHA10 uses JAS-certified organic ingredients not only in its teas, but also in its sweets and confectionery showing CHA10’s strong commitment to organic products.

A projector projects a menu on the wall of the restaurant, giving it the atmosphere of a fashionable bar. Popular menu items include “NITRO Matcha,” which is tea filled with nitrogen to bring out its powerful flavor, and sweets made with soy milk. This tea café is popular mainly among health and beauty conscious young women.

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[Take-out] OK
[Address] 420-0839 Shizuoka-shi, Aoi-ku, Takajo 1-11-6
[Access] 5 minute walk from Shin-Shizuoka station.
[Parking] None (Paid parking spaces nearby)
[Opening Hours] 9:00-17:00 (Eat-in until 18:30)
[Closed] Every Tuesday
[Telephone] 054-204-2210
[Seating] Up to 14 people

chagama

Made with the concept of “giving young people the chance to enjoy tea freely,” Chagama has a wall-to-wall tea tasting corner with tea urns on display. There are more than 70 types of teas available for tasting, from sencha and Japanese black tea to basil-flavored teas with an Italian flair. The store staff will carefully brew each cup of tea in a kyusu (Japanese traditional teapot).

A variety of dishes, including tea and coffee brewed in an espresso machine, are also available. Take a stroll through Takajo with a take-out Sencha latte or Sencha mojito in hand.

On weekend nights, it turns into a bar (currently closed due to COVID) as chagamanight. The specialty restaurant’s authentic Japanese green tea and sake are a perfect match, guaranteed to delight both sake and green tea lovers alike. This tea café continues to take on the challenge of promoting the appeal of modern tea while respecting tradition.

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[Take-out] OK
[Address] 420-0839 Shizuoka-shi, Aoi-ku, Takajo 2-10-7
[Access] 10 minute walk from Shin-Shizuoka station.
[Parking] None (Paid parking spaces nearby)
[Opening Hours] 10:00-19:00
[Closed] Every Monday
[Telephone] 054-260-4775
[Seating] Up to 4 people

Nihoncha Kimikura Gofukucho Store

Nihoncha Kimikura Gofukucho Store

A 10-minute walk from Shizuoka Station, Nihoncha Kimikura is a café focusing on ‘fukamushicha’ (deep steamed green tea). It is operated by Maruyama Seicha, a company founded over 80 years ago and based in Kakegawa, the famous home of fukamushicha, and will open its first branch outside of Kakegawa City in April 2022.

In the café space you can enjoy authentic Kakegawa deep steamed green tea, as only a specialty store can provide.

Numbered tickets are issued at the café reception desk, and if you read the QR code, your smartphone will notify you of the waiting time, so you can wait while strolling along Gofukucho street.

Customers select the tea they want to drink from a sample of 5-6 types of tea leaves (kimikura-no-iori, hojicha, gyokuro, honyama-cha, seasonal recommended tea, etc.) and a matching dessert to enjoy as a set.

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[Take-out] Not available
[Address] 420-0031 Shizuoka-shi, Aoi-ku, Gofukumachi 2-5-21 Nozarebiru 1F
[Access] 10 minute walk from Shizuoka station.
[Parking] None (Paid parking spaces nearby)
[Opening Hours] 10:00-19:00 (Last Order / 18:00)
[Closed] New Year Holiday
[Telephone] 054-255-2000
[Seating] Counter: Up to 6 people, Tables: Up to 14 people

MARUZEN Tea Roastery

MARUZEN Tea Roastery, located on Gofukucho Street, a 15-minute walk from Shizuoka Station, is a tea café operated by Maruzen Tea, a long-established tea wholesaler. The simple, clean, white exterior is produced by LUCY ALTER DESIGN, a brand popular in Tokyo for its stylish design.

At this cafe one can experience a notable new way to enjoy tea by selecting different roasting temperatures. The higher the roasting temperature, the more fragrant, and the lower the temperature, the fresher and lighter.

The store has a roasting studio where staff members roast small quantities of tea leaves at different temperatures for each order. The tea is then carefully brewed by hand drip, resulting in an aromatic, richly flavored, and impressive cup of tea.

The sweets menu is also extensive, and the gelato, which utilizes the changing flavors of tea at different roasting temperatures, is also popular. This café offers a unique experience to see, smell, and taste the richness of tea.

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[Take-out] Available
[Address] 420-0031 Shizuoka-shi, Aoi-ku, Gofukumacho 2-2-5
[Access] 10 minute walk from Shizuoka station.
[Parking] None (Paid parking spaces nearby)
[Opening Hours] 11:00-19:00
[Closed] Tuesday
[Telephone] 054-204-1737
[Seating] Counter: Up to 24 people

Nanaya

nanaya

Nanaya is a café famous for its Shizuoka matcha gelato, which won the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Award. It is operated by Marushichi Seicha, a tea company that has been in business for over 100 years.

Matcha gelato is available in seven levels of richness, from No. 1 to No. 7. Nanaya are proud to say that the thickest No. 7 matcha gelato cannot be made any thicker or tastier, and it is often referred to in the media as “the thickest matcha gelato in the world.”

Following the Kyoto Sanjo and Shibuya Aoyama stores, Nanaya opened a new store on October 2, 2020 on Gofukumacho-street, a 10-minute walk from Shizuoka Station, with the first floor as a retail and cafe and the second floor as an eat-in space and event space. So far, the store has hosted tasting events where customers can compare teas brewed with mineral water from around the world and experience the changes in flavor. Various events are scheduled to be held on the second floor in the future.

The “7” of Marushichi Tea is scattered throughout the store, so while shopping and enjoying gelato, look out for the letter “7”.

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[Take-out] Available
[Address] 420-0031 Shizuoka-shi, Aoi-ku, Gofukumacho 2-5-12
[Access] 10 minute walk from Shizuoka station.
[Parking] None (Paid parking spaces nearby)
[Opening Hours] 11:00-19:00
[Closed] Wednesday
[Telephone] 054-251-7783
[Seating] Counter: Up to 10 people

Leaf Paradise

Leaf Paradise, a 20-minute walk from Shizuoka Station, is a Japanese green tea café run by long-established tea wholesaler Yamaka Katsuyama Shoten.

In an effort to introduce tea to younger generations, the modern exterior of the restaurant is stylishly designed so that young people feel comfortable entering, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere with lots of wood used in the interior.

Standing at the counter is Yoshihiro Katsuyama, the store manager and president of Yamaka Katsuyama Shoten. Whenever he receives an order from a customer, the head honcho himself carefully brews tea in a kyusu pot and brings it to the customer on a tray.

What Mr. Katsuyama communicates through the tea he brews is his belief that “a kyusu is the most suitable tea utensil for brewing tea”and “a cup of such real tea is a miraculous thing.”

There is also a special menu with a dish called “Today’s Me” when you order, President Katsuyama will brew a cup of tea with an image of yourself! A tea café highly recommended to those who think that tea is too stuffy, as here you can enjoy authentic tea in a fun and enjoyable way.

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[Take-out] Available
[Address] 420-0042 Shizuoka-shi, Aoi-ku, Komagatadori 1-2-8 1F
[Access] 15 minute walk from Shizuoka City Government Office.
[Parking] None (Paid parking spaces nearby)
[Opening Hours] 11:00-18:30
[Closed] No scheduled holidays (Please check the website calendar for monthly schedule)
[Telephone] 054-271-5868
[Seating] Counter: Up to 13 people

T’s Green Omachi

T’s Green Omachi, a 15-minute walk from Shizuoka Station, is a popular café with sparklingly colored tea and sweet sets.

The sister store of T’s green, a café in Kamata, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City, and the tea served at both locations is ‘fukamushicha’ (deep steamed green tea) sent directly from the farm of the owner, Mr. Kamiya’s relative. Tea sweets such as dumplings, buns, pound cakes, and chocolates are all flavored to match the tea served.

The sweets are works of art arranged in harmony with the gorgeous atmosphere of the store and have become a hot topic on social networking sites. The shop sells tea retail and also caters for people who want a take-away. Many people take out karinto buns and dumplings to go with their tea (advance reservations required).

This tea café is especially popular among young women, who enjoy the visual and gustatory pleasures of the “delicious relationship between tea and sweets”.

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[Take-out] Available
[Address] Shizuoka-shi, Aoi-ku, Shichiken-cho 16-7 OMACHI Biru 1F
[Access] 15 minute walk from Shizuoka City Government Office.
[Parking] None (Paid parking spaces nearby)
[Opening Hours] 11:00-19:00 (Last order 18:30)
[Closed] No scheduled holidays (Please check the website calendar for monthly schedule)
[Telephone] 054-272-7610
[Seating] Counter: Up to 10 people

ChamachiKINZABURO

ChamachiKINZABURO

Located about 10 minutes by Shizutetsu bus from the Shizuoka Station rotary, Chamachi Kinzaburo is a popular café serving tea and handmade sweets. On the first floor, tea and sweets are sold retail and orders from the café menu are taken, while the second floor is a relaxing eat-in space.

The store is operated by Maeda Kinzaburo Shoten, which has been in business for 105 years, and the owner, Mr. Fusao Maeda, is a top tea entertainer who has won all kinds of awards. He offers free tasting of 11 different flavored teas to introduce a wonderful marriage of teas, and his original handmade waffle “Chafuru” has been selected as one of the Aoi Premium products of Shizuoka City.

This tea café is visited by many people, not only locals but also tourists from outside the prefecture, who come to enjoy the evolving charm of tea in “Chamachi,” the center of Japanese green tea culture.

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[Take-out] Available
[Address] 420-0018 Shizuoka-shi, Aoi-ku, Dodayucho 27
[Access] Take either the No.6 or No.120 bus from the 8A stop at the Shizuoka Station Rotary (on the Post Office side) and get off the bus at Shizuoka Kosei Hospital. Cross the main road and you’ll find the store 30m down the road from the next traffic light.
[Parking] Available
[Opening Hours] 9:30-18:00 Sundayes and Holidays 10:00-17:00 (The eat-in space closes an hour before closing time.)
[Closed] Wednesday
[Telephone] 054-252-2476
[Seating] Counter: Up to 22 people

Summary of the Green Tea Cafes around Shizuoka Station.

This time, we introduced tea cafes in the area around Shizuoka Station, easily accessible by public transport, so if you are interested in tasting Shizuoka’s delicious green tea, why not visit one? There are many more delicious green tea cafes in Shizuoka Prefecture, and we plan to introduce more in the future.

Come and enjoy authentic Shizuoka green tea!

Writer Norikazu Iwamoto
Career Ochatimes chief editer.Meeting with Vice Governor of Shizuoka prefecture.Judge of Fuji country 100 tea’s award in 2021.Ocha Times link introduced at website of World O-CHA(Tea) Festival 2022.

 

English translator Calfo Joshua
Career Born and raised in England, living in Japan since 2016. Studying arboriculture in Shizuoka Prefecture whilst operating his landscape business Calfo Forestry. Appreciating the nature of Japan and the culture that places such importance in it.

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