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- 1 A traditional Japanese style hideaway teahouse run by the long-established tea wholesaler, Yamanashi Shoten, founded in 1925
- 2 You can try tea samples from different cultivars before ordering, so you can choose exactly what you want to drink.
- 3 Thoughts of Chaluck
- 4 Shizuoka Fruit Tea was released at the “First Year of Reiwa – Shizuoka Omiya Project”
- 5 About Chaluck・How to Purchase・About Tea Event～
A traditional Japanese style hideaway teahouse run by the long-established tea wholesaler, Yamanashi Shoten, founded in 1925
Mr. Harumasa Yamanashi is the third owner of Yamanashi Shoten, a well-established tea wholesaler founded in 1925, which opened a teahouse in 2005, with the wish, “While bottled tea has been becoming mainstream, I want the younger generation to know how delicious tea steeped in a teapot is”.
It is the oldest teahouse run by a tea wholesaler in the prefecture. This year, the teahouse celebrated its 15th anniversary since the opening of business. As a celebration, a tea ceremony class was held. As a long-established green teahouse in Shizuoka, it provides a place to convey the joy of seasonal tea to customers inside and outside the prefecture.
↓The teahouse’s interior is designed like a traditional wooden townhouse called Machiya style house surrounded by Shikkui plaster walls and the warmth of Tenryu cedar.
↓ Many autographs from celebrities are displayed in the teahouse.
↓Various teaware for an enjoyable tea time
↓Boasting a wide variety of teas only possible through a tea manufacturing wholesaler
↓Its popular tea deserts can be taken out.
↓The cafe is a chic & calm hideaway where jazz and bossa nova play through the owner’s hand-made vacuum tube amplifier. It’s popular among the ladies.
You can try tea samples from different cultivars before ordering, so you can choose exactly what you want to drink.
Before ordering, you can taste samples, such as Asamushicha (light-steamed green tea) from Ryogochi Shimizu and Honyama in Shizuoka or Fukamushicha (deep-steamed green tee) from Morimachi, Hatsukura, and Kakegawa.
You can check the shape and aroma of tea leaves before ordering, so you can confidently order the tea that you really like.
↓This iron pot has been used for boiling water for over 16 years. The pot makes the water soft, which removes harsh tastes from tea leaves and doesn’t spoil the tea’s delicate flavor.
In addition to Yamanashi Shoten’s proud Shizuoka tea, it offers its specialty menu using plenty of Japanese and local ingredients, unique to a tea wholesaler, such as specialty parfaits, green tea sweets, and lunch sets, etc.
↓Hojicha Sangria and Matcha Shiruko (sweet porridge with rice cakes) Set. Hojicha Sangria is fruit tea using Shizuoka tea and was inspired by sangria full of fruits.
All teas on the menu were produced in Shizuoka. The quality of Matcha produced in Shizuoka has been significantly improving. Even thick Matcha has no sharp, tangy aftertaste and is full of refreshing “umami“.
Green tea is stately and delicious, but they want many people to enjoy tea more casually, like coffee and tea.
Shizuoka Sangria Tea (Hojicha Sangria) for spring to summer seasons was born from such an idea. It changes color when stirring, so it is also pleasant to the eye (A set, together with your sweet choice, is 900 yen).
↓A description card with the characteristics of the tea comes with your order, so you can be familiar with the tea you enjoy.
↓A hand-picked Saemidori tea cultivar and fruit anmitsu, a dessert combination of agar jelly, fruit, and sweets. Saemidori has a thick umami. (You can choose any Shizuoka tea. 900 yen per set including tax)
Anmitsu, is a classic Japanese dessert. Chaluck’s anmitsu uses Matcha ice cream and cubic agar jelly of Matcha and Hojicha like a tea cafe. It has been a popular choice since the teahouse opened.
The Anko (sweet bean paste), agar jelly, Shiratama (white mochi balls), and Gyuhi (sweet mochi) are all hand-made.
Anko is one of Chaluck’s special gems. Fresh azuki beans from Hokkaido are cooked for half a day, while carefully controlling the sweetness to avoid it being over-sweetened. A dish special to the teahouse in the town of Okitsu, which is famous for Anko.
↓Matcha cake made in collaboration with the pâtisserie, La Lausanne is very popular and quickly sells out.
Various seasonal menus can be designed by changing the combination of teas and fruit.
↓Chaluck’s ‘New Year’ parfait set is limited to the year-end and New Year holidays only.
Thoughts of Chaluck
We interviewed Senior Managing Director Yusuke Yamanashi.
Mr. Yamanashi: “At the beginning of 2005, most people didn’t know what a green teahouse was, and awareness was so low.
We were questioned, ‘Why are you trying to make money with green tea?” or “Why don’t you have coffee?’
Some customers were annoyed and even left the teahouse.
However, the number of customers from both inside and outside the prefecture gradually increased thanks to the media that introduced us. Now, we are one of the oldest teahouses in Shizuoka.
I really like the name ‘Chaluck’ decided on by my father,
I would like to make this teahouse not only a place where people can buy tea, but also experience an enjoyable tea time.
We serve pots of tea for our customers so they can enjoy making a second steep by themselves.
We also introduce them to why green tea is so tasty, and instruct them on how to make it, and to see tea from different perspectives, which has resulted in inventions such as Shizuoka Sangria Tea and Shizuoka Fruit Tea.
It’s so nice to drink green tea instead of coffee or black tea in a nostalgic interior with jazz and bossa nova playing, using teaware that is all different.
I would like our visitors to experience such a time and atmosphere. Chaluck should be such a place.”
Mr. Yamanashi: “I was handling coffee before. After that, I started working at a tea specialty store that handles tea from various countries, such as black tea, oolong tea, green tea, and herbal tea. I am still handling tea from all over the world.
During my involvement in the tea industry, the first thing I realized was, there are a lot of teas, but they are too specialized to be known to the general public.
There are lots of similar looking packaged teas, and the customers see only the prices and choose.
Shizuoka has so many tea-producing regions, and the tea from each region is completely unique, so I thought that people would probably enjoy finding the region for their favorite tea.
But, they didn’t have any opportunity.
On the other hand, one day, I found a tea shop in Tokyo having an event to compare Darjeeling teas’ taste from 87 tea gardens.
I wanted people to experience such events, so I started one to compare the tastes of tea from various tea farms in Shizuoka.
We hold tea experience classes when we have an appropriate number of people, and regularly hold tea experience classes for customers in the Kanto and Nagoya areas. (Currently under suspension).”
↓Tea experience classes are held with different contents. They hold classes with different themes depending on the season, such as comparing tastes, making fruit tea, and blending herbs (Currently under suspension. For details and application, please access our social media page).
↓The teahouse’s proud herb tea is also available.
↓A tea experience class for foreigners, where they enjoy comparing the taste of green tea, Hojicha, and black tea as well as sweets.
(Currently under suspension. For details and application, please access Chaluck’s social media page).
Shizuoka Fruit Tea was released at the “First Year of Reiwa – Shizuoka Omiya Project”
Mr. Yamanashi: “To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the opening of the WA Cafe Chaluck, we created gift products of popular cafe menus in collaboration with Shizuoka City. This fruit tea is made from additive-free and sugar-free beautiful dried fruit produced in Shizuoka and the tea wholesaler’s proud Shizuoka tea. We worked very hard to find the best combinations of each fruit and type of Shizuoka tea so as not to spoil the characteristics of each tea.”
↓Shizuoka Fruit Tea is very popular. This is often introduced in magazines and TV programs.
From left (Hojicha x mandarin orange) (green tea x strawberry) (Japanese black tea x kiwi) (green tea x Kiyosawa lemon)
↓Shizuoka Fruit Tea series using other seasonal fruits are also available for a limited period. For example, in the summer, Shizuoka peach x green tea using Nagata peaches produced in Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City are on sale.
↓Not only by steeping with hot water but also using cold water delicious tea can be made. (mandarin orange x Houjicha, kiwi x black tea, lemon x green tea)
The natural sweetness of dried fruit slowly blends with the tea, and a delicious aroma arises. The series of fruit and tea combinations remind me of excellent tea pairing.
Mr. Yamanashi: “I not only want to make and sell delicious tea, but I would like to convey how interesting tea is, how enjoyable tea time and places for enjoying tea are, and how to make tea more fun. As a modern-day tea wholesaler in Shizuoka, I believe that sharing such information is my mission.
I would like to create new values for Japanese tea with my customers through this teahouse and tea experience classes.”
About Chaluck・How to Purchase・About Tea Event～
|Address||158-1 Okitsu-Honcho, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, 424-0205, Japan|
How to Purchase
About Tea Event
↑Website of Chaluck
↑Access the link to purchase Chaluck’s tea.
Booking forms for tea events are available on the website during the tea events.
Regarding events for non-Japanese speaking people, Chaluck accepts them if they are accompanied by an interpreter.
|E-money and credit cards||Available|
|Open||Lunch Time:11:30 to 14:00
Tea Time Menu is available from 10:00 to 17:00 (Last Order: 16:30)
Shop: 9:00 to 18:00
|Closed||Please check the schedule on Chaluck’s website.|
|Parking lot||available (Over 8 cars)|
|access||Get off at Okitsu Station on the JR Tokaido Main Line.10 mins walk.
Exit at the Tomei Shimizu Interchange, go through the Seishin Bypass toward Numazu, cross the Shinkansen guard, and drive down at the Seiken-ji Temple Ramp Way. Turn right at the intersection of MaxValu Okitsu store and turn left at the next traffic light.