10 Best Bubble Tea Shops In Tokyo

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Tokyo’s origins are quite surprising. It started out as a small fishing village called Edo and then rose to prominence when it was made a political centre by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. In the 1800s, it was renamed to Tokyo. Present-day Tokyo has a lot of activities and things to see. If you’re in town, you should check out Yayoi Kusama Museum, a five-story art installation and showcase of her work, including the infinity room. Shinjuku Gyoen, a Japanese garden, and Sensi Ji Temple are also other interesting places to visit. Another thing you must check out is the bubble tea shops. Although bubble tea originated in Taiwan, Tokyo has made bubble tea its own. Keep reading to find out about the best bubble tea shops in Tokyo, Japan.

1. TP Tea

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TP Tea company started out small in 2005, but now has over 250 stores in Taiwan! Their goal is to encourage happiness and promote socialization amongst individuals over a cup of tea. Try stopping by one of their branches in Tokyo. The baristas at TP Tea are highly trained and have passed a number of tests in order to be able to make tea for the patrons. Thus, they’re well versed in the traditions of making tea but are able to customize it for each patron. Some of the classic teas they make include oolong tea, jade jasmine tea, black tea, and tapioca tea. One of their most popular teas is the sakura latte that tastes like cherry blossoms.

TP Tea

Address: 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo B1F

Website: TP Tea

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 8pm

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2. Chun Shui Tang

Bubble tea of Chun Shui Tang
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\Chun Shui Tang is a speciality tea café that has 38 stores in Taiwan. This restaurant and tea shop is a short distance from the Daikanyama station. Only certified baristas are allowed to make the tea for patrons and they brew a wide range of drinks that complement the meals perfectly. They take care to produce safe, healthy tea without additives and only natural ingredients to bring out the flavours. When you walk in, you’ll find the sweet aroma of the tea calling to you. If you’re looking for a place to take your date, then this is it!

Chun Shui Tang

Address: Axis 209 Daikanyama 20-9 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0034 Japan

Website: Chun Shui Tang

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

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3. The Alley Lujiaoxiang

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The Alley Lujiaoxiang is a popular bubble tea milk chain that started in Taiwan in 2013 and has branches in more than five countries. Although it only came to Tokyo in 2017, it has quickly grown to have more than 15 branches in this city alone. They feature five types of drinks and their variations: tapioca tea, brown sugar tea, milk tea, fresh tea, and the popular alley speciality. This tea shop is unique in that they make their own tapioca pearls in-house. Their goal is to evoke the following reactions when you drink their tea: surprise at the first time you try it, admiration at the second time, and that you’ll miss it after the third time.

The Alley Lujiaoxiang

Address: 6-6-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Website: The Alley Lujiaoxiang

Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)

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4. Sin an Ju

Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

Sin An Ju is a tea shop that produces high-quality tea. They maintain their quality by using tapioca that has been locally grown or imported from Taiwan. Good tapioca balls are large grain and sticky. They also make great efforts when brewing to ensure the perfect cup by regulating the water temperature, the amount of tea leaves, and the extraction time. One of the most appreciated features of this tea shop is that they ask for your preferred level of sweetness so that you aren’t overwhelmed.

Sin an Ju

Address: 1 Chome-19-14 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

Website: Sin an Ju

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 10am - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 10pm

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5. Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea

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This tea shop was named after Yifang, who was born during the Japanese colonial period. She worked hard alongside her grandparents and learned the customs and traditions of teamaking, which she used to set up her shop in Taiwan. They now have stores in more than 10 countries around the world. They employ hard-working baristas who aim to promote the love and admiration for tea, and insist on using only ‘MIT’ ingredients - made in Taiwan, as well as fresh fruits that are in season.

Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea

Address: 3 Chome-35-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan

Website: Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

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6. Gongcha

Oolong Tea + GongCha milk foam
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‘Gong cha’ roughly translates to ‘tribute tea’ - a reference to the tradition of offering the highest quality tea in the land to the emperor. The Gongcha franchise has a modern take on this form of traditional tea. Their menu is extensive and highly customizable - from the amount of ice, the flavour, and the sweetness. They are very particular about using only fresh tea, using only those that are less than four hours after the extraction.


Address: 6-9-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Jingumae Sakai Building 1F

Website: Gongcha

Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (daily)

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7. Toki Seven Tea

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Toki Seven Tea is a highly successful tea franchise that has several stores all over the country. They use high-quality tea leaves and handmade, raw tapioca to create the most delicious drinks.

Toki Seven Tea

Address: 2 Chome-12-3 Kitaotsuka, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-0004, Japan

Website: Toki Seven Tea

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

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8. Pearl Lady

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Pearl Lady is a Bubble tea chain that makes delicious bubble tea and Japanese-style crepes. Bubble tea options start with nine different bases which can be customized based on sweetness, milk, and type of tea to create the right bubble tea for you. The crepes are wheat flour-based and made thin, crisp, and paired with an assortment of filling to create the right combination. Their menu items are extensive, reasonably priced, and of great quality. For those who don’t know Japanese, the drinks come with little description icons that make it easier to understand.

Pearl Lady

Address: 27160-0022 3-27-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku , Tokyo

Website: Pearl Lady

Opening hours: 11am - 11pm (daily)

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9. Koi

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Koi Thé is the self-proclaimed master of handmade artisan tea. Here, you will get the full tea-making experience. As soon as you walk in, the aroma of the tea welcomes you. Then as you decide what to order, you can hear the ice being crushed and feel the enjoyment of the highly trained baristas who are preparing your drink. They ensure to provide friendly service in order to treat patrons like family. At Koi, you can customize the tea, the sweetness, and the amount of ice in your drink to create a drink made for you.


Address: 150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 4 Chome−27−1

Website: Koi

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (daily)

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10. Alfred Tea Room Aoyama

Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

Alfred Tea Room is a boba tea cafe that started in Tokyo in 2017. While it is quite popular because of its number of Instagram-worthy spots, it also produces good-tasting bubble tea. The interiors are well lit, armed with aesthetic furniture and décor, and have a light pink theme. One of the most popular drinks is the Boba Alfred House Milk Tea, which was is smooth, milky and not overly sweet, and also does not overpower the taste of the tea. The only drawback is that portion sizes tend to be on the smaller side.

Alfred Tea Room Aoyama

Address: 160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku, 3 Chome – 38 -11F (street level of Lumine EST Shinjuku)

Website: Alfred Tea Room Aoyama

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Enjoy hunting for boba tea

Thai Iced Bubble Tea - Sonoma Pho - Stierch - 2019
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Missvain used under CC BY 4.0

We get it - something about those chewy tapioca bubbles soaked in sweet milk tea is very addictive so we don’t blame you if you decide to check all these places out! They’re definitely worth every penny. What did you think about these bubble tea shops? Do let us know whenever you visit Tokyo!

Editor’s Note: Due to Covid-19, the business hours of the shops may differ from the stated timings in this article. Please be sure to check the updated hours from the websites.

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