So if you want to visit a teahouse in Kyoto and try out some matcha green tea when you’re in Japan, you can do so with a visit to the Nijo Castle!
You’ll be able to make your own matcha tea straight from matcha powder.
You’ll want to highly consider a trip to Nijo Castle when you’re in Kyoto anyway, as this is one of the top UNESCO world heritage sites in Kyoto.
So, with a visit to Nijo Castle, you can also conveniently tick off the checkbox of making your own matcha too!
For more convenient tea experiences, try the Ginkakuji tea room if you’ll be visiting the Ginkakuji Temple, or try the Okochi Sanso teahouse if you’ll be visiting the Arashiyama bamboo forest. You can get matcha green tea at both places.
Japanese language tip: CASTLE
You might also hear Nijo Castle being referred to as Nijo-jo Castle, or just Nijo-jo.
The attached jo means castle.
But you wouldn’t use jo on its own to talk about a castle in general. This is used when attached to the name of a castle.
On its own, you would call a castle shiro or oshiro.
The Nijo Castle teahouse as part of a one day Kyoto itinerary
I made a visit to the Nijo Castle teahouse with an unlimited one day Kyoto bus pass:
- Nijo Castle
- Kinkakuji Temple
- Ryoanji Temple
- Yasaka Shrine
- Gion to Kiyomizu-dera walk (with Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka streets)
- Kiyomizu-dera Temple
On the Nijo Castle grounds
Walking towards the teahouse
So after you’ve entered the Nijo Castle grounds and made it past the Kara-mon Gate…
…and past the Ninomaru-goten Palace…
…and past the Ninomaru Garden…
You’ll start to come close to the teahouse!
You’ll likely see signs and you can make your way over as you walk along the castle moat.
So you’ve made it to the Waraku-an teahouse!
Now you can be seated and order your matcha!
How do you make matcha?!
It’ll come with instructions so you can give it a go.
Or you can go for regular green tea too.
Good luck, and happy drinking matcha as you sit back and relax!
How much does the matcha cost at the teahouse?
So this matcha cost 600 yen (US$5). (Green tea is the same price.)
You also have the option of ordering the matcha as a set that comes with small snacks for 1,200 yen (US$11).
The Nijo Castle teahouse can also just be a good place to rest a bit after walking around the castle grounds.
There’s a little bit of a variety to choose from if you want more than just tea.
HAPPY NIJO CASTLE TEAHOUSE VISIT!
Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with Nijo Castle!
- Day 1: Top tourist spots with one day bus pass
- Day 2: Fushimi Inari Shrine hike through 1,000 torii gates
- Day 3: Philosopher’s Path walk
- Day 4: Arashiyama and Sagano
- Day 5: Kurama Kibune Ohara with one day pass
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For more on planning your trip to Kyoto, see the 1-day, 2-day, and 5-day Kyoto itineraries. If you'll be in Kyoto in the spring, also see the 1-day cherry blossom photo walk.
Hotels in KyotoSearch for deals on Kyoto hotels here.
For hostels across Japan, try this top backpacker's hostel chain.
Kyoto can also be a good place to stay at a Japanese-style ryokan, like this one. Or if you're on more of a budget, try this one.
Also use the map below to see more hotels in Kyoto!
The super fast train in JapanIn general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it.
See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.
See an example of traveling by the fast train from Tokyo to Kyoto.
NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)
There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.
You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)
I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!
The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.
So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.
Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.
If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!
Natural disasters in JapanUnfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.
My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.
See how much insurance costs for your trip.
Best travel guides for JapanIf you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.
For "books" that won't take up space in your suitcase, see the best PDF guides.
See more of the best books for Japan trip planning.
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- 3 days in Okinawa, Japan's tropical islands
- Cherry blossom photo walk
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