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Uji / Green Tea

Kavey | | Sep 7, 2012 07:31 AM

Hi Chowhound friends,

Am working on my itinerary for Kyoto.

I had considered a half day trip down to Uji to visit the green tea shops and specialist cafes/ restaurants but am not sure whether this will be worthwhile for us. I'd love your input.

-- Although I read a plot synopsis, The Tale of Genji connection doesn't really interest me.
-- As our visit is in the second half of October, it's very unlikely that cormorant fishing will still be occuring.
-- We have only a few days in total for Kyoto and so much I want to see/ visit.

Are the green tea food/ drink specialities available in Uji really much different to what I can find in Kyoto, if I look around? I'm not a green tea fanatic, though I certainly enjoy it. I would be unlikely to be able to distinguish top grade teas from middle of the road decent ones.

Are green tea prices much the same in Kyoto as they would be in Uji?

And lastly, if we skip Uji, do you have any favourite green tea shops to recommend and / or any particularly lovely stores at which I could buy?

Thank you

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