As tea cultivation plays an important role in the identity of Uji, most of the culinary experiences on offer here also have a connection to green leaves.

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    Matcha Ice Cream

    Green tea flavoured ice cream is common all over Japan, but we do recommend that you try it hear in Uji, where some of the shops actually produce the flavoring themselves from freshly ground tea-leaves. A good place for this is Ito Kyuemon Uji Honten, located a few minutes on foot from Uji station (Keihan).

    Matcha Ice Cream

    Matcha Ice Cream

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    Green Tea Soba

    Another famous product worth trying while in Uji is the green tea flavored soba noodles. Shops that serve this particular dish are located all over town. A good place to start is along Byodo-in Omotesando. Here, you will find several shops where you can watch the noodles being made and cut by hand before they are cooked and served to the customers. The lunch set at Ujigawa Ryokan, located at the beginning of Byodoin Omotesando, will set you back around 1500 yen and comes highly recommended.

    Green Tea Soba

    Green Tea Soba

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    Fucha Ryori

    If you want to experience a somewhat different dining experience, we highly recommend you head over the the Zen Buddhist Temple Manpukuji and try Fucha Ryori, a variant of traditional buddhist cuisine. Fucha Ryori consist of several smaller dishes, all of which are vegan. A bento box to consume at their premises will set you back 3,000 yen and a course meal will cost between 5,000 and 7,000 yen.

    Fucha Ryori

    Fucha Ryori

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    Locally produced foods

    Aside from tea, the Uji region also produces many other kinds of foods and you will find plenty of restaurants making a big point out of the fact that they only use locally sourced ingredients. Country road is a ”farmers café”, specializing in locally produced meat, chicken and vegetables. It is located near some of the more impressive tea plantations in the southern Uji region.

    Locally produced foods

    Locally produced foods

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    Gyokuro

    Gyokuro is one of the highest quality teas produced in Japan, and it has a significantly different flavour than most other green teas. It is also prepared in a different manner, using water at a fairly low temperature. One interesting aspect of Gyokuro is that you can actually eat the leaves after the tea is infused. The flavour is mild and somewhat reminiscent of spinach. Gyokuro is often eaten with soy sauce and a bit of lemon.

    Gyokuro

    Gyokuro

    Kyoto Uji Tea, Itohkyuemon Main store
    place
    Kyoto Prefecture Uji City Hojimami Araki 19-3
    phone
    0774233955
    opening-hour
    10:00-18:30(L.O.18:00)
    Kyoto Cuisine Ujigawa Ryokan
    place
    Kyoto Uji-shi Uji Renge 2-2
    phone
    0774222628
    Obaku-san Manpuku-ji Temple
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    4.5

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    Kyoto Ujishi Gokashou Sambanwari 34
    phone
    0774323900
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    9:00-17:00(16:30Information …
    農家カフェ Country Road
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    京都府木津川市加茂町岡崎上八反田32-1
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    0774-39-7823
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