What is special about TOKA


Experience a supreme cup of tea in sophisticated ambience

“Sabo TOKA” is a tea salon where you can try authentic Uji green tea in the precinct of Byodoin Temple.
Our certified “Japanese Tea Instructors” create our original blend of tea with the finest care and knowledge.
Only tealeaves harvested in the tea fields of Uji City or neighboring farms are used,
and needless to say, our tealeaves are 100% made in Kyoto Prefecture.
Have a special cup of tea surrounded by an extraordinary space and atmosphere.

About TOKA’s Tea


The finest “Care and Knowledge” for the true taste of tealeaf

From the very first sip, you will be impressed with the true “umami” of green tea in the mouth – this is what TOKA offers to every customer.
Thorough care is taken to control the water temperature and choose the best brewing method for each tealeaf variety
in order to achieve an unsurpassable cup of tea.
Tealeaves are rich in amino acid, which is the essential ingredient of “umami.” The lower the water temperature is,
the more umami is extracted.
On the other hand, catechin, an ingredient of bitterness, is extracted more when brewed at a higher temperature.
Therefore, the water temperature is of significant importance in determining the taste of tea.
What is more, our vessels have a special secret trick that can let you fully enjoy the aroma of the tea.
“Ichigo Ichie (One time, One meeting)” and “Issen Ippuku (One tea, One moment).”
Visit TOKA and experience an exclusive world of green tea where the true heart of “Omotenashi” hospitality
and our sincere sensitivity for tea awaits to welcome you.


Uji Matcha (Powdered Green Tea)

600 yen (incl. tax)

Uji Gyokuro (High Quality Green Tea)

750 yen (incl. tax)

Uji Sencha (Ordinary Green Tea)

550 yen (incl. tax)

Uji Matcha Cold

600 yen (incl. tax)

Uji Gyokuro Cold

850 yen (incl. tax)

Uji Sencha Cold

650 yen (incl. tax)

*All menu items will be served with the Byodoin Temple original dry sweets.

Hours & Access

Open 10:00-16:00 (L.O.)
Closed Tuesdays (changed depending on the season)
Location: On the right side of the exit of Hoshokan Museum
Click here for the access to Byodoin Temple
Contact Tel: 0774-21-2861