For corporate customers
Ippodo provides a range of services to help businesses make Japanese tea a part of people’s lives.
Are you thinking about adding Japanese tea to menu offerings, looking for Japanese tea to serve in guest rooms, or wanting to use matcha in confections? For these and similar needs, we can give guidance in selecting the best Japanese teas to meet your preferences and suggest ways to serve or present the teas.
For more information on the support that Ippodo can provide, and details of drink menu items, etc., follow the “Ippodo services for businesses” link below.
If you are interested in selling Ippodo products, we provide advice on specialized handling of Japanese teas. We place great importance on maintaining communication after a sale. For that reason, we sell directly to retail establishments in order to build good relationships with the people involved and to ensure that points of sale are appropriately planned to achieve a high level of service.
Mission and commitment
Ippodo’s mission is to communicate the appeal of Japanese tea brewed from leaves, helping customers to create fulfilling times and spaces. How tea is incorporated into daily life varies from person to person. Some drink tea when they take a break to unwind, some do so during a meal, after eating, or with snacks. Japanese tea has the power to relax the atmosphere and calm the mind, the power to create treasured moments with family and friends. Japanese tea prepared from leaves provides gentle comfort, invigorating and relaxing both the situation and the people enjoying the tea. To ensure that the power and the natural benefits of tea are accessible everywhere, Ippodo will continue to seek out and supply premium Japanese tea leaves.
Our commitment to tea
Ippodo offers Japanese tea leaves grown in the hills between Kyoto, Nara, and Shiga Prefectures, where the topography and bountiful water provide fertile soil that is ideal for the tea plants. These tea leaves are characterised by a mild, refined fragrance and taste. We aim to provide customers with teas that retain, as far as possible, the natural fragrance and taste of tea leaves cultivated by the region’s experienced tea growers. The job of the tea growers is to manage the cultivation of the tea fields and produce the tea. Ippodo’s first task is to thoroughly examine the tea leaves that the growers have cultivated with great care, and to procure leaves that meet our needs. Our keen eye for selecting tea leaves and our blending techniques that create the distinct flavour of each brand are the basis of the work that we do, and selection and blending are the most important parts of the process. Tea leaves are products of nature, with no two being exactly the same. We discern the distinct taste of different kinds of tea leaves and mix them to produce the unique taste that characterises each of our brands. We are committed to consistently providing the unique Ippodo taste each year, even though the leaves may be produced in different tea fields by different growers. Throughout the year, we offer about thirty tea brands in four tea categories—matcha, gyokuro, sencha, and bancha (hojicha, genmaicha, etc.)—each with its own unique, consistent Ippodo taste.
Ihei Watanabe from Omi (present-day Shiga) establishes a shop called Omiya to sell tea and ceramics near the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.
The name Ippodo is bestowed upon the shop by Prince Yamashina.
The shop is destroyed by fire during the Hamaguri Gomon Incident, but it is rebuilt at its present location.
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.)
Shop changes focus from exporting tea to domestic retail.
Ippodo employee Yojiro Sado develops a new type of tea, Uji-Shimizu.
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.)
Kaboku Tearoom opens at the main store in Kyoto.
Full-scale launch of Japanese tea workshops.
Tokyo Marunouchi Store opens.
Ippodo Tea, New York opens.