Kissa Issa Tea Café is cute little cafe which was the idea behind a collaboration project between the Shizuoka City Tea Growers Association and the Municipal Government of Shizuoka.
Service: Extremely kind and hospitable café staff
Facilities and Equipment: Spotlessly clean, entirely non-smoking
Strong points: Great variety of green tea from Shizuoka City on sale. Choice of three different teas offered every week. Local wagashi cakes!
4 years ago, in June exactly, Shizuoka JR Station was completely renovated and the basement linking the city to the north exit saw the birth of some very interesting shops. If you arrive directly at Shizuoka JR Station, take the stairs down and you will find Kissa Issa Tea Cafe on your left. You will find it on your right if you reach the station from the basement passageway.
Bear in mind that Shizuoka Prefecture produces more than 45% of all green tea in Japan and that Shizuoka City is one of the main growing areas.
Closed on Wednesdays only, but always open on week-ends and National Holidays for the pleasure of the many visitors.
There were two different Japanese wagashi cakes available made by Friand Kadoya, a top-class wagashi shop in Inagawa Cho, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka, just south of the JR Station. The one I chose is a kinton and sweetmeat/anko cake named Na no Hana/rapeseed flower.
For the second cup of tea you pour hot water into the green pot first and then into the small tea pot filled with leaves. This way your tea will be at the right temperature. As for the third cup, you pour the hot water from the brown pot into the small tea pot as the temperature will be just right inside the brown pot by then.
|Address||Shizuoka JR Station, North Exit, Basement Square|
|Access||[map]Shizuoka JR Station, North Exit, Basement Square[/map]|
|Opening Hours||10:00~19:00 Closed on Wednesdays (in the case of a holiday, next day) and New year's holidays|