Kobun-tei is one of the nicest tea rooms of Kyoto. It's part of Shoren-in and is open during the spring and autumn high seasons. Sencha or maccha is served alternatively (daily basis). The staff is very friendly and will sometimes let you have a second helping for no extra cost :-)
You will notice that the tea room looks very new with it still blond wood. The structure is indeed relatively recent ('60s?) and replaces another older tea house that burned down. The clear wood and beautiful paintings enhance the tea experience and I would strongly recommend you pay the extra 1000 yen to have a little break there during your visit to Shoren-in.
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Nearby: Awata-jinja 粟田神社 (130m), Chion-in 知恩院 (290m), Namikawa Cloisonné Museum 並河靖之七宝記念館 (360m), Chōraku-ji 長楽寺 (540m), Murin-an 無鄰菴 (550m), Shōgunzuka 将軍塚 (650m), Konchi-in 金地院 (660m), Dainei-ken 大寧軒 (660m), Yasaka-jinja 八坂神社 (680m), Traditional Crafts Museum 京都伝統産業ふれあい館 (690m),...Satellite view, Map
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