4 Types of Kyusu (Japanese tea pots)

4 Types of Kyusu (Japanese tea pots)

June 06, 2018 3 Comments

If you are not sure of the differences in the types of kyusu ("tea pot" in Japanese), here is a quick guide!!

Yokode no kyusu

横手の急須, literally "side hand tea pot", lefthanded yokode no kyusu are also available

Originally, this shape also made it easy to pour when sitting on a tatami mat in a traditional Japanese room, as the host would sit across from the guest rather than pour tea from the side or from behind.Kyusu (A) has a cylinder-shaped handle placed 90 degrees from the spout. This is widely used in Japan for preparing sencha green tea. The shape was made to be efficient when pouring tea in small amounts quickly distributing among several cups (the tea at the end of pouring tends to be stronger than at the beginning).

Atode no kyusu

Atode no kyusu (後手の急須, literally "back hand tea pot")

This type of tea pot has a round handle placed on the opposite side of the spout. This is probably the most widely used type around the world, and also used in Japan, but mainly for non-Japanese teas.


Houhin (宝瓶, literally "treasure vessel")


A houhin is a kyusu without a handle and used mainly for steeping gyokuro tea or very high grade sencha. In addition, it has a wider spout compared to the other types of kyusu. Although it does not have a handle, gyokuro is steeped using water temperature around 60 degrees or lower so there is no need to worry about burning your hands!

A variation of the houhin without a strainer is a shiboridashi kyusu (though sometimes this can have a handle also).


Uwade no kyusu 

上手の急須, literally "top hand tea pot", also called a dobin 土瓶 in the sencha tea ceremony terminology

More Tea Pots on Yunomi.lifeThis kyusu shaped like a kettle with a handle above the body. In Japan, it is also called dobin, literally earthen bottle (do means earthen and bin means bottle). Because the size of this type of kyusu is larger compared to other types of kyusu found in Japan, it becomes handy when serving many people. Recommended for teas such as houjicha and bancha.

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3 Responses

Gloria Cowan
Gloria Cowan

September 21, 2018

Could you tell me anything about this Japanese Teaset please? I love it and am keen to know more of its origins . It’s red glazed clay with brown/ green pattern banded detail and inset with cameo of leaves and dots . Footed handle less cups(6) and Kyusu pot . In box with Japanese letters.

Virginia McGee
Virginia McGee

June 25, 2018

I have a tea pot similar to the side pour but bigger and the top is more recessed. If you tell me how I can send you a picture. I’d like to know more about the form of the tea pot, the history.

Elias Campos
Elias Campos

July 31, 2017

I bought this teapot but I don’t know what kind it is I would really like to know

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