Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience


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Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience

Run by tea master Shinya Sakurai, this distinctive spot where past and present beautifully melts together is situated right outside Omotesando station. A place where the guests are invited to discover and enjoy a great variety of top-quality Japanese teas. Shinya Sakurai dedicated 14 years of his life to become a tea master, pop in and enjoy an ultimate experience and taste of this hot beverages.


Cafe culture is thriving in Tokyo, where novelties such as the manga craze have taken over many venues. In addition, the Japanese are caffeine fanatics and kissaten, literally, a "tea-drinking shop" that is also a coffee shop, has been set up on every corner to cater to this demand. During the past decade, Tokyo has seen the emergence of the 24-hour manga kissaten, which offers comic books, internet access, and even a place to sleep for cartoon addicted night owls. Manga, literally translated as "crazy drawings", total almost 40 per cent of everything published in Japan. Magazines can amount to 5 or 6 hours of reading time each, which perhaps indicates the need for around the clock access in manga cafes.