Takao Ikeda is the 2nd generation proprietor of Cha no Ikedaya, a small tea shop operated by himself, his wife, and his sons (Yohei is our contact). The shop was started in 1945, and continues to be located outside of the West Gate of Shinjuku Station. Takao Ikeda himself spent 10 years working in the tea production industry in Kawane, Shizuoka, and is a certified tea appraiser (kanteishi). We selected Ikeda-san's shop for listing on Yunomi because of his extensive selection as a merchant, and his skill as a tea leaf blender (creating exquisite pure green tea products by blending leaves from various sources).
VISITING SHINJUKU, TOKYO? VISIT CHA NO IKEDAYA!
After exiting the central west ticket gates, head left to the Odakyu lines, past the Keio lines, and discover this quaint, family-run tea shop (Click here for map), and definitely treat yourself to some of their matcha soft cream! (Soft cream photo credit: Tabelog