Japanese tea stand & cafe “Hachiya” now open in Sendagaya, Tokyo

13.December.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

Hi, everyone. I’m Shiota, the director of the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

 

I recently visited the Japanese matcha stand and cafe Hachiya which opened in Sendagaya, an area within Shibuya that is lined with many different cafes, each with their own unique touch.

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The entrance to Hachiya is stylish and breathes a nostalgic Japanese atmosphere. Outside the cafe is a bench made from bamboo and gravel spread across the ground.

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The logo for the name of the shop is coupled with a family crest symbol, a style very popular right now in Japan. It’s a very polished design.

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The interior decor is simple with just a counter. The impressive walls are decorated with waves reminiscent of ukiyo-e.

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The shelved tableware display is lined with pieces collected from different countries by the cafe’s designer.

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Bonsai trees are experiencing a global boom right now. This bonsai in Hachiya sits subtly and sophisticated.

 

At Hachiya they don’t just use tea leaves – they also incorporate each and every tool of the highest quality including teapots. I was spoiled for choice with Hachiya’s menu, but I managed to pick 3 items to show today.

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“Inokura Kiu” (¥450)

 

This cup of tea was made with tea leaves harvested from “Tea Farm Inokura” in Tsukigase, Nara.

The tea at Hachiya is single and double brewed. It has amazing flavour right up to the very last drop.

 

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Japanese tea making is a delicate processes where the temperature of the hot water, steam time and pouring speed can change the flavour entirely.

 

As the orders come in, the staff at Hachiya prepare each cup one by one with utmost precision. Watching their beautiful finger work while waiting for your tea is a relaxing moment of real bliss.

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“Houjicha Smoothie” (Small ¥500 / Large ¥600)

 

They have 3 types of smoothie on the smoothie menu: green tea, houjicha and matcha. I chose the houjicha smoothie this time which is special for its aromatic fragrance.

 

It uses white bean paste instead of sugar meaning you can enjoy an elegant sweetness together with a faint touch of anko.

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The lattes and smoothies on the Hachiya menu are both moderately sweet. You can customize the sweetness to your liking with the honey and refined sugar available at the counter.

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“Kajitsu Tansan Reicha” (¥700)

 

This drink is a unique combination of tea, carbonated water and fruits.

Various fruits bob around inside including 2 grapes, lemon and pomegranate. The fruits used in the drink are changed depending on the season.

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Any bitterness is removed by the fresh lemon, giving it a refreshing taste that you wouldn’t think is tea. At the bottom of the cup is jelly tea. As expected of a tea shop!

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Besides drinks at Hachiya, other sweet delicacies they sell include anmitsu, soft cream, daifuku and karinto.

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The 3 goodies I’ve shown you today are available at both the Sendagaya branch of Hachiya that I visited and the Daikanyama branch.

 

If you’re in Harajuku and need to kick back a little bit, then why not visit the Japanese tea stand and cafe Hachiya in Sendagaya to try one of their original teas?

 

Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

 

■Information

Hachiya (Sendagaya branch)

Address: 4-1-8 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00

Closed: Weekends, National Holidays and New Year’s Holiday

Access: 20-minutes by foot from Harajuku Station / 2-minutes by foot from Kita-sando Station

 

Hachiya (Daikanyama branch)

Address: 1-16-9 Ebisunishi, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 9:00-19:00

Closed: Never (with the exception of New Year’s Holiday)

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    Merry “KUMA”STMAS Plate w/ Drink – ¥2,060 (Tax Included)

    A sweet assortment cute enough to tug your heartstrings.

    Q-pot CAFE.’s pastry chefs take their time to delicately handmake the adorable bear’s baby face oat milk cookie. The cookie is sat on top of a fluffy duvet of whipped cream, berry jam with fresh berries, and a chocolate génoise cake. It’s a sweet and tangy combination of raspberry and strawberry.

     

    The cookie-topped cake is also served with a rich pistachio cream Christmas tree.

    Merry “KUMA”STMAS Bitter Caramel Milk Tea – ¥750 (Tax Included)

    A warm and cosy beverage to heal your heart, mind, and soul. This baby bear looks sweet but has delightfully rich notes thanks to the caramel. The tea is one of the cafe’s originals, the “Sweet Weekend,” which has a refreshing after taste and goes perfectly with the caramel cream.

    Merry “KUMA”STMAS Afternoon Tea Set | ¥2,400 per person (Tax Included) *Photo shows a set for two

    If you love teddy bears, then this afternoon tea set is a dream come true.

    Top Plate

    The top plate is a delicate assortment of sweet and crunchy oat milk cookies, a glass dessert of fromage blanc and fresh orange jelly, velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream made to look like a Christmas tree, and creamy macarons.

    Bottom Plate

    The bottom plate is the savoury selection and comes with croissants stuffed with roast beef topped with honey mustard sauce, a rich potato potage, and skewers piercing olives, mini tomatoes, and pickles.

    Special Novelty <Teddy Bear Message Card>

    Customers who book a table in advance to the cafe will receive a free teddy bear message card. These are limited in stock, so if you’re in Tokyo don’t miss out.

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