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Ippodo Tea Company, Kyoto

Nijo-kita, Teramachi-dori
Japan 604-0915
Tel: 81 75 211 3421's insider take:

What's more Japanese than a cup of green tea? This centuries-old, distinguished Kyoto institution takes its tea—all of which is grown in nearby Uji—as seriously as winemakers take their grapes. That's despite the disarming young salesgirl who looks like she might be sporting a few hidden tattoos and who admits in a whisper while she pours your Genmaicha that she herself prefers coffee. Even if you're only browsing, they'll proudly brew up and serve you a taste of whatever variety you fancy.

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