If you’re like us, no matter how much time you spend in Kyoto you feel like you’re only scratching the surface. The city holds so much knowledge that it can be both fascinating and frustrating at the same time. Well, if you have a few hours to spare, you can take part in a lesson on one of Kyoto’s most important highlights: tea, so you can delve a little deeper: Specifically, a lesson on brewing sencha (green tea) at one of the city’s venerable shops: Ippodo.
Although many visitors to Kyoto want to delve into the tea world, Ippodo’s lessons will give you the opportunity to learn how to brew a truly good cup of tea and might point you in the direction of what type of tea you want to study.
We thought we knew how to brew a good cup of sencha, but what we learned during our lesson was fascinating. For one thing, we learned we were using too little of the precious green stuff, but also that we could get three or more pots out of a such a generous amount of tea leaves.
Start your lesson on sencha basics here.