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Koso-An, a traditional Japanese teahouse

What do you think about a snack meal with traditional Japanese tea and sweets in an ancient wooden house in legend with a garden in Tokyo. With only just 5 minutes walk from Jiyugaoka Station, you will reach the Kosoan tea house — The traditional tea room of Tokyo.

kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe

kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe
This may sound like a small expedition when you do not know the neighborhood, but be sure that the effort is worth it.
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Pretty Courtyard

Kosoan is a traditional Japanese old house made of wood, with a beautiful garden.

kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe
Kosoan Cafe

kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe

kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe
Shoes Off!
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Garden at Kosoan in Jiyugaoka (Leng Cheng)

kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe

kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe

kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe
Contemplation
kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe
Koso-An, a traditional Japanese teahouse

kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe

You will be sitting on a tatami mat in a large room, decorated with a lot of of Japanese items such as bowls, mugs, cups, toys, swords and paintings.

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Tea room at Kosoan in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo

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Green tea is cool with a nutritious bean curd
Green tea is cool with a nutritious bean curd
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There are some places which I wish should be kept a secret forever and this is another one.

kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe (8)

kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe (8)

kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe (8)
Had to eat a gelatinous rice candy because there wasn’t a lick of english at this charming tea house, understandably. Still loved it here.

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The decor is lovely
The decor is lovely

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Kosoan offers you a wide variety of traditional Japanese beverages and sweets. You will be served mainly green tea, milk green tea, banana or strawberry, fresh fruits or coffee if any.

About sweets and groceries there are many traditional Japanese sweets such as sweet red bean soup with rice cakes, “anmitsu” — a bowl of red bean paste, fresh fruits and warabi mochi (jelly vegetable for Muslims).

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kosoan tea house japanese tea house tokyo kosoan cafe (8)
Eat.Drink.Reflect. Time of the day when you finish all the heinous feasting and call for a stop. Here’s the best way to detox. Credit: Kosoan tea house blog.

The special thing of Kosoan is “matcha zenzai”, a hot matcha bowl with cakes and red bean paste at the bottom. The contrast between the bitter taste of green tea and the sweetness of red bean paste creating up a great taste and delicious flavor.

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cafe Kosoan-Teahouse tokyo japan 34

The menu has pictures and is translated into English, so it is easy for people who do not know Japanese to order. It is pleasant to have a snack meal while enjoying views of the tranquil and peaceful garden through the window.

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cafe Kosoan-Teahouse tokyo japan 34
Credit: Kosoan tea house blog.

The store here sells some cute souvenirs and handmade Japanese dolls.

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If you want to experience Japan’s unforgettable moments in Tokyo, do not miss the Kosoan in Jiyugaoka.

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Credit: Kosoan tea house blog.

Further information

Kosoan Teahouse

Address: 1-24-23 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Hours: daily 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.. Closed on Wednesdays.
Phone: +81 3-3718-4203
Prices: ~¥999
Website: http://kosoan.co.jp/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/pages/Jiyugaoka-Kosoan/
Access: Kosoan is within a 7-minute walk from Jiyugaoka station (Tokyu Toyoko Line or Tokyu Oimachi Line).

Read more Tokyo travel guide at here.

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