Uji & Matcha

Tea fields, Uji Japan // loveandlemons.com matcha cream // loveandlemons.com

A few days ago, we took this short little day trip to the land of Matcha. Uji is famous for producing the finest Matcha in Japan since the 14th century. It’s not necessarily a “must see,” but it’s an easy 30 minute train ride from Kyoto and it was just so beautiful. We strolled the little main street, saw a (pretty touristy) tea ceremony, drank some frothy matcha, and had a nice cha-soba lunch.

Uji River // loveandlemons.com

So ridiculously beautiful…

chazuke & cha soba // loveandlemons.com

I’ve had Chazuke at least three times so far this trip (it’s also called Ochazuke). It’s a soupy rice dish made with dashi and green tea. My favorite is the veggie version with umeboshi…. definitely another for the the “to make when I get home” list. The green tea soba at this restaurant (Itokyuemon) was good too.

Matcha ice cream is really pretty good (and generally the same) all over – you’ll see it everywhere you turn in both Uji and Kyoto. The very best we’ve had so far was atΒ IppodoΒ in Kyoto. Which reminds me – stay tuned for a post about our overall Kyoto recommendations. We’re back in Tokyo now, so (by popular request) a very linky post about Kyoto is in the works.

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  1. Angela from sparrowinspace.com on said:

    Your pictures are really great. I would really like some matcha ice cream right now.

  2. lesley graham from lesleywgraham.com on said:

    so so beautiful and i agree with angela, i want some matcha ice cream now too!

  3. How beautiful! I’d love to visit Japan one day, only been to China yet. Your recaps are amazing and grow my wanderlust.

  4. Such a beautiful place… plus you just gotta love all things green tea. Looks like a gorgeous spot for a serene getaway.

  5. Oh the scenery looks stunning! I love green tea ice cream, so rare in Australia, Those noodles must of tasted so good, nothing better than freshly made soba!

  6. JC Carter from sweetloveandginger.blogspot.com on said:

    that looks amazing. That “make when you get home” list is going to include posting the recipes on here right?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      yep, of course! The list grows every day πŸ™‚

  7. Elissa from style-wire.com on said:

    I love match so these photos are a treat! Some place like this would definitely be on my must see list!

  8. Quyen from liveitinerantly.com on said:

    I just love the concept of bento boxes. There is something so feminine about displaying foods in little bowls like pieces of art. It is the adult version of a kids tea party! πŸ™‚

  9. Sini from myblueandwhitekitchen.com on said:

    That matcha cream looks sooooo delicious! Can’t wait to hear and see more from your trip to Japan. These posts are pure inspiration.

  10. Laura from oomphlove.blogspot.ca on said:

    I love Japan! I left my heart there in grade school when i lived there for a bit as part of a school exchange program. beautiful country. beautiful people. outstanding yummy food. I love seeing all your pictures and posts about your travels!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks Robyn πŸ™‚

  11. Sarah from honeyandlimes.wordpress.com on said:

    I love matcha flavored anything. I would fly to Japan just to try that matcha ice cream (and many other wonderful foods)!

  12. dana from minimalistbaker.com on said:

    Matcha cream. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

  13. Beautiful photographs – I plan to visit Uji when I go to Kyoto so it is great to see all of the matcha flavored foods I can eat there! πŸ˜€

    • thank you! I hope you love it there as much as we did πŸ™‚

  14. Matcha icecream and land of matcha? Mindblown!

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