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Recommended spots around Uji

[2023] 5 recommended spots around Uji

Here are some spots you should definitely stop by when you visit Uji. From specialty stores with a new sensation to cafes where you can relax and bakeries where you can smell the flavor of sake-kasu yeast, we have picked out the hottest spots to visit during your sightseeing or stroll!

1.Enjoy a new kind of meal using roasted Uji green tea [matcha roastery].

This café serves Uji matcha roasted like coffee beans or roasted tea. It is said to be "a new taste sensation" even among locals. The roasted matcha, which is made from the first tea leaves (tencha), is available in three different degrees of roasting (light, medium, and dark), each with a different and impressive taste. There is also a full food menu, including sweet treats and croissant sandwiches, with recipes supervised by chef Kazuyo Imai. In July, the café space will be expanded to a total of 52 seats.


Roasted Matcha Basque Cheesecake 500 yen. The rich cheesecake with plenty of roasted matcha has a mild taste with no bitterness. Right: Light (shallow roasted) iced drink

Inside matcharoatery

matcha roastery

  • Matcha Roastery
  • 146 Uji Myoraku, Uji City, Kyoto, Japan
  • 5 minute walk from JR Uji Station
  • Tel.0774-34-1125

2.An oasis of freedom at the back of the market.

Osaka-ya Market is a hot spot in Uji that is crowded with locals and tourists alike. A new store by [noccas wion] opened in April last year in the back of the market. The store offers espresso coffee drinks based on the concept of "bringing out the true flavor of the beans," as well as coffee that can be brewed in a variety of ways that are only available at the store. The owner, Mr. Tanabe, says, "I hope people will enjoy the different flavors of the coffee depending on the brewing method. The original blend is recommended, and coffee beans are also available for purchase. You can also place an order through the website. Enjoy a relaxing and carefree time at the spacious terrace seating area.


Blended from 400 yen and waffle set + 130 yen. Iced coffee is hand-drip coffee quickly cooled with ice. The rustic tasting waffles are also popular.


Store as it is in noccas wion

  • Nokays Wion
  • 41 Myoraku, Uji, Uji City, Kyoto, Japan
  • 5 minute walk from JR Uji Station
  • Tel: None

3.The bento box lunches filled with love and smiles [Shikisaijo Shinka]

There are eight ingredients you should consume each day, including beans, sesame seeds, wakame seaweed, and vegetables. Based on "Magowa Yasashiiko," the initials of these ingredients, their bento boxes, packed with a different side dish each week, are very popular. Mr. and Mrs. Nishinakama's motto is to choose ingredients that are good for the body with the same awareness as if they were cooking for their family. Whenever possible, they use organically grown vegetables from nearby farms. They also make great use of homemade fermented seasonings, such as consommé koji for croquettes and amazake for potage, instead of using umami seasoning, etc.

Shikisaidokoro Shinka's confusing Wappa Bento

Wappa bento 1300 yen. Salt-grilled salmon, round croquette, dashi-maki omelet, Koya-dofu and Kyoto vegetable simmered with seasonal potage

Interior view of Shikisai Shinka

Shikisaidokoro Shinka

  • Shikisaidokoro Shinka
  • 27-25 Sonoba, Makishima-cho, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 12 minute walk from JR Uji Station
  • Tel.0774-23-7074

4.Handmade bakery [Soma].

Located in a residential area near JR Uji Station, this bakery is housed in a renovated old private house. The bakery offers about 10 kinds of breads hand-kneaded one by one. The bakery uses natural yeast made from sake lees from the Terada Brewery in Chiba, which has been used for about 15 years, and the breads have a rich aroma and a subtle cheese-like flavor. The ingredients are all vegetable-based and organic, and the use of spelt, an ancient type of wheat with low gluten content, makes the bread healthier for the body.

loaf of bread

Organic Spelt Ancient Wheat 100% Baguette ¥560 2. Organic Spelt Citrus Peel and Organic Chocolate ¥420 3. Stone Ground Whole Grain Bagel ¥280 4. Additive-free Brown Rice Rice Bread ¥350 5. Sake Kasu Yeast Donut Maccha ¥300 and Whole Grain Kinako ¥280 You can feel the original flavor and taste of the ingredients in these breads.

Soma shop owner


  • Soma
  • 8-9 Satojiri Uji, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 2 minute walk from JR Uji Station
  • Tel: None

5.Impressed by natural & authentic Italian cuisine [tomarico]

After training at Il Pappalardo in Higashiyama Shichijo and in Italy, Mr. Okubo decided to open a restaurant "to provide authentic Italian cuisine in my hometown, Uji. His motto is to examine each and every ingredient in his cuisine and to be conscious of health. He considers dishes that make the most of the flavors of the ingredients, such as using organically grown vegetables from Kamigamo and Kumiyama, meat and seasonal fish from specialty stores, etc. He also makes his own ham and bacon. The restaurant also uses homemade, additive-free ham and bacon, and takes the time to make the broth.

tomarico squid ink risotto

Squidfish risotto for 1,600 yen. Rice from Kyotamba cooked with saffron and a deep flavor based on clam and kelp broth, tomato sauce, etc.

introspection of tomarico


  • Tomarico
  • 1 Kurumada, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 4 minutes walk from Keihan "Mimuroto Station"
  • Tel.0774-39-7476
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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