Tokyo, Japan (Takadanobaba/Nishi Waseda Stations)
While living overseas, I started to miss Japanese tea and sweets. I decided that while I was in Tokyo, I wanted to go to a Japanese tea house. After a bit of a search, I found Chacha Koubou.
It’s a little bit of a walk from Takadanobaba (about 9 minutes), and a slightly shorter walk from Nishi Waseda (7 minutes).
Chacha Koubou only has about 6 tables, and also has a little shop section on one wall.
They have a lengthy tea menu (all in Japanese) as well as sweets, onigiri, and a daily lunch option.
I picked a Japanese sencha. The owner explained that you have hot water in a pot (not pictured) to use and fill up the small pitcher on the right. After the water in the small pitcher has cooled, you fill the teapot with tea leaves with the water. After steeping, you then fill your teacup, which was a lovely cherry blossom shape. When you order tea, it also comes with a traditional Japanese sweet. I didn’t realize it was coming, so I also ordered kakigori.
This was one of the best kakigori I have ever had. Kakigori is shaved ice topped with various syrups and toppings. You usually can get kakigori during the summer at festivals from a food stall and sometimes at traditional cafes. This one had fresh strawberries and syrup on top of very finely shaved ice.
If you’re looking for a bit of Japanese culture in a lovely little teahouse, Chacha Koubou is a good option. I plan on going again!
12:00pm to 11:00pm Monday to Saturday
Closed Sundays and National Holidays