About Ippodo

Ippodo's origins date back three centuries to the year 1717, when Rihei Watanabe established a shop called Omiya to sell tea and ceramics. In 1846, the shop was renamed Ippodo, which literally means “preserve one.” The name came from Prince Yamashina, who enjoyed Ippodo tea and wanted the shop to preserve one tradition: providing high quality tea. Ippodo continues to adapt as times change, but has remained devoted to high quality Japanese tea ever since.

History of Ippodo

江戸
EdoPeriod(–1868)
1717

Ihei Watanabe from Omi (present-day Shiga) establishes a shop called Omiya to sell tea and ceramics near the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.

1846

The name Ippodo is bestowed upon the shop by Prince Yamashina.

1864

The shop is destroyed by fire during the Hamaguri Gomon Incident, but it is rebuilt at its present location.

明治
MeijiPeriod(1868–)

Mainly exports tea to the United States. Customers are trading merchants living in Kobe. (Comes up with idea of using wooden boxes lined with tin for shipping at a time when most tea is shipped in ceramic jars or crocks.)

大正
TaishoPeriod(1912–)

Shop changes focus from exporting tea to domestic retail.

昭和
ShowaPeriod(1926–)
1935

Ippodo employee Yojiro Sado develops a new type of tea, Uji-Shimizu.

1952

First in-store Ippodo shop opens at Hanshin department store in Umeda, Osaka. (Sells 100 g bags at a time when most tea is sold in 400 g bags.)

1964

Ippodo is incorporated as Ippodo Tea Co, Ltd.

平成
HeiseiPeriod(1989–2019)
1995

Kaboku Tearoom opens at the main store in Kyoto.

2006

Full-scale launch of Japanese tea workshops.

2010

Tokyo Marunouchi Store opens.

2013

Ippodo Tea, New York opens.

2019

Ippodo USA & Canada Online Shop opens.

売り場

Shops

Japanese tea does more than simply quench your thirst. It can calm you and restore a sense of peace. Taking a break to prepare and enjoy Japanese tea by yourself or with a friend may seem trivial, but it makes your everyday life richer and more fulfilling. Japanese tea is at its best when bought in small amounts and consumed soon after opening. To give as many customers as possible the opportunity to obtain high quality tea at a convenient location, Ippodo tea is now available at over one hundred stores throughout Japan.

喫茶室

Tearoom

An invitation to have tea together can sound like music to the ears. Suggesting “time for tea” works well in all sorts of situations—for a refreshing change of pace, or to just chat or catch up with old friends. It’s a time to rest and unwind while enjoying properly brewed Japanese tea. Come and savor this special time at our tearoom at the main store in Kyoto or our Tokyo Marunouchi Store.

教室

Classrooms

Even one slight change to how Japanese tea is prepared can alter the way it tastes. Workshops held every month teach the appeal and allure of Japanese tea. Learn the basics of how to prepare it, as well as various ways to incorporate Japanese tea into your life.

Company profile

Company name
Ippodo Tea Co., Ltd.
Founded
1717
Incorporated
April 1964
President
Masakazu Watanabe
Head Office
52 Tokiwagi-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0915 Google Maps
Tel: +81-75-211-3421
Fax: +81-75-241-0153
Capital
10 million yen
Business
Processing, manufacture and sale of premium Japanese green tea from Kyoto.
Locations
Kyoto (Head Office) Google Maps
Tokyo (Tokyo Office) Google Maps
New York (Ippodo Tea, New York) Google Maps
Main customers
Department stores throughout Japan