Will 2017 finally see a tea takeover? For years, Tokyo's caffeine addicts have been spoiled with an overflowing supply of 'third wave' coffee shops, while green tea – Japan's native pick-me-up – has been left by the wayside. But times they are a-changin': 2016 saw the opening of several verdant brew specialists, most notably Kichijoji's superb Uni Stand, and we're betting on the trend to continue deep into this year and beyond. First up is Sangenjaya's austere Tokyo Saryo, which offers single-origin green tea in hand drip form. The folks behind the lightly decorated shop have even developed their own tea dripper, which is supposed to help bring out the full flavours of the leaves. If you're looking to further your tea education, order the tasting set and enjoy a wide variety of aromas and tastes – and don't forget to also explore the sweet selection, which includes a tasty hojicha blancmange, dried fruit and ohagi (mochi balls with anko).
|Venue name:||Tokyo Saryo||Contact:|
1-34-15 Kamiuma, Setagaya-ku
|Opening hours:||Tue-Fri 1pm-8pm; Sat, Sun & hols 11am-8pm / closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday)|
|Transport:||Sangenjaya Station (Tokyu Denentoshi, Setagaya lines)|