Our Japantown store is open Tuesday - Sunday from noon to 5pm; closed Mondays.
At ChaTo, we strive to make your personal journey through Japanese tea uniquely enjoyable. We partner with small producers of premium Japanese loose leaf teas and matcha powders that our own family loves, and we hope you will, too.
SAKURA HONOKA SENCHA
SAKURA HONOKA SENCHA, a limited edition single origin loose leaf tea from Shizuoka. A unique cultivar from Shizuoka which has the sweet fragrance of Sakura (Cherry Blossom) by nature. This is a sencha made using the Shizu-7132 cultivar, famous for its special Sakura fragrance. We visited the Sakura Honoka facility in February 2020, when the machinery was being cleaned for the upcoming season. The owner and farmer Mr. Sugiyama explained how he stopped using pesticides decades ago, long before organic farming methods became as popular and safe as they are today.
Available for a limited time, so be sure to order yours today!
ChaTo is run by a family whose love for tea has been passed down through the generations. Their passion stems from fond childhood memories of drinking sencha with their grandmother. Recognizing the void for a brick and mortar Japanese tea shop in Japantown, they set out to make authentic, good quality products accessible to the community. They enlisted the help of one of their mothers, a business owner with more than four decades of experience with Japanese pottery, including tea ware. Since 2016, ChaTo has been providing Japanese tea brewing essentials for beginners, experts and everyone in between.
This kyusu is over 45 years old. Sachiko's grandmother used to make tea with it, and it's still used at the shop today.
“Cha” means “tea” and “to” means “and” in Japanese. The family’s goal was to create an inviting atmosphere where guests could come in to relax, sample sips of tea, engage in conversation, pause at the indoor garden to listen to the sounds of running water and observe seasonal blooms, enjoy soothing music playing in the background, and take in the beauty or whimsy of the tea ware and gifts, depending on the mood. In other words, the ChaTo experience was designed to provide tea and more, to be a space to stir the senses and enable visitors to fill their cup from within.
Our Tea Selection
We partner with four companies located in renowned tea producing regions in Shizuoka, Kagoshima, Uji and Fukuoka. They supply our collection of benifuuki, genmaicha, gyokuro, houjicha, sencha, and matcha. In addition to our year-round offerings, we carry seasonal favorites such as Sakura Honoka and shincha (sencha) in the spring and Ohsumi Yuzu Fukamushi Sencha in the winter.
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| Tel: (415) 771-8840