These Tea and Fruit-Flavored Beverages in Tokai Are a Great Alternative to Milk Tea
In case you want to try something else!
Banana juice has been gaining popularity as a drink in Japan. It is said that this may even be the next big thing after tapioca or milk tea beverages. To get you excited, we list down the best shops in the Tokai area where you can buy banana-infused drinks as well as other refreshing beverages!
Ape Mamma Mia Nante Kotta Banana Kenkyujyo
Ape Mamma Mia Nante Kotta Banana Kenkyujyo is a spice specialty shop inside Kanayama Ginza. It turns into a banana juice shop for three hours a day, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. The store makes use of carefully-selected bananas, which are left for a day or two to make ripe, before freezing them then adding to the drinks.
Jyun Nama Banana Chocolate (on the right) and Jyun Nama Banana Dolphin Juice (on the left)
The Jyun Nama Banana Chocolate (¥486) drink perfectly combines the flavors of banana and chocolate. Meanwhile, the Jyun Nama Banana Dolphin Juice (¥594) features a cute dolphin-shaped banana on the rim of the glass. No sugar or ice is added so you can enjoy the natural sweetness of the bananas themselves.
Ape Mamma Mia Nante Kotta Banana Kenkyujyo is located at B1/F Hasegawa Building (inside Kanayama Ginza), 1-14-9 Kanayama, Naka District, Nagoya City, Aichi. It is open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily except on Mondays. You may contact them at +81-52-323-8839.
Time Slip Café OLD WAYS Sanchome no Yonenoya
At Time Slip Café OLD WAYS Sanchome no Yonenoya, you can enjoy the nostalgic menu and banana juice, which the first owner, Oyone-san, loved.
The Banana Juice (left) and Chocolate Mint (right, ¥500) are made with fully-ripe bananas and milk.
A glass of Banana Juice (¥390) has a rich and natural sweetness produced by the ripe banana and milk it contains. For an additional ¥50, you can change the milk to soy milk. There are also other flavors for the drink such as Chocolate Mint. We recommend visiting the store as many times as you can so you can try all of the flavors.
Time Slip Café OLD WAYS Sanchome no Yonenoya is located at 111 Shimoichiba, Shimohonmachi, Iwakura City, Aichi. It is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except on Thursdays. You may contact them at +81-587-37-4433.
In the same way that hoji tea was popular before, Japanese-style drinks continue to become a favorite among locals and tourists. YATAGARASU buys tea leaves called “Uji Cha no Sato” directly from a tea farmer in Wazuka City, Kyoto. The shop makes use of single-origin tea, which is not blended, so you can fully enjoy the scent and taste of the tea leaves.
Sencha (with bean confectionery) (left) and Matcha Latte (right)
When ordering, you can choose from four different types of tea leaves such as Yabukita and Samidori for Sencha (with bean confectionery) (¥540). You also have the option of enjoying your tea hot or iced. The Matcha Latte (¥864) s one of the bestselling drinks at the shop.
YATAGARASU is located at 3-39-11 Imaike, Chikusa District, Nagoya City, Aichi. It is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-52-753-8176.
OHAGI3 Amagasaka Branch
OHAGI3 Amagasaka Branch has six types of basic ohagi, as well as monthly ones. We suggest you try the café drinks and desserts made from Japanese ingredients like the Nishio Matcha Tea, Kyo Hoji Tea, and parfait made with ohagi (¥650). The store’s ohagis are filled with carefully-made bean paste.
OHAGI3 Latte (Matcha Milk) + Ohagi Set (Full Moon)
The Ohagi Set is a menu which you can enjoy inside the café. For an additional ¥100 (¥120 if seasonal ohagi), you can add a drink to your set. Similar to the OHAGI3 Latte (Matcha Milk) + Ohagi Set (Full Moon) (¥530), you can choose a drink that matches the ohagi.
OHAGI3 Amagasaka Branch is located inside the SAKUMACHI Shopping Street, 1-19-10 Osugi, Kita District, Nagoya City, Aichi. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-52-898-2888.
For those who are more health-conscious, we recommend visiting the Finest Café, located right next to the sports club FINEST. You can dine inside the café even if you’re not a member of the sports club. You can also enjoy protein drinks here as recommended by nutritionists. Not only are their drinks nutritious, but their corresponding calories only add up to about one third to half of the normal drinks.
Matcha Latte (left), Berry Berry Smoothie (right), and Black Sesame Soymilk (middle)
Nishio Matcha can be found inside the Matcha Latte (¥626). This drink includes about one-third of protein necessary for consumption in a day. The Berry Berry Smoothie (¥918), on the other hand, comes with a supplement and homemade granola on top. The Black Sesame Soymilk (¥594) includes protein, iron, and dietary fiber, which are all satisfying but low-calorie.
Finest Café is located at WESTIN Kamimaezu, 2-1-2 Kamimaezu, Naka District, Nagoya City, Aichi. It is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and Japanese holidays. The cafe is closed on Fridays. You may contact them at +81-52-211-7664.
＋Kombucha is a very rare shop that specializes in kombu tea. Their homemade kombu tea is fermented for about 10 days. It has a vegetal lactic acid bacterium that’s good for the health and the skin and is effective for intestinal regulation.
Kombu tea is said to have good effects on health and beauty.
Plain (right) and Blend (left) kombu tea.
Plain (¥500) doesn’t taste like the regular kombu tea we all know. Instead, it tastes like fruit vinegar, whose fermented tea is blended with carbonated water. Make sure to try the shop’s Blend (¥700) as well, which is basically ginger and apple cinnamon pickled in kombu tea. This variant has a fruitier taste than that of the Plain.
+Kombucha is located at 2/F Higashiyama Daiichi Building, 4-17-2 Higashiyamadori, Chikusa District, Nagoya City, Aichi. It is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except on Mondays. You may contact them at +81-52-898-4037.
TIME to TEA
TIME to TEA has a drink menu that makes use of six kinds of tea, including Taiwan tea and Japanese tea. At this shop, you can enjoy drinks that are personally prepared by the owner, who had his training in Taiwan.
The 3C Fruit Jasmine Tea is packed with Vitamin C from grapefruits, lemons, and oranges.
The 3C Fruit Jasmine Tea (¥864) is the most popular drink in the store. It has a refreshing taste and an elegant scent produced by Jasmine tea. The Taberu Kakegawa Green Tea Latte (L ¥475), on the other hand, is both delicious and nutritious. Its tea leaves contain healthy tea catechin.
TIME to TEA is located at 3-22-18 Osu, Naka District, Nagoya City, Aichi. It is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-52-890-7389.
Lakeside Bird's Café
The Lakeside Bird's Café is a take-out only tea stand located right next to Car-Den, a café & gallery in the south of Aichi Ranch. All three of their drinks can be ordered through drive-through too.
Berry has a lot of squished strawberries and blueberries inside.
Berry (L ¥680) has a refreshing taste and oolong tea base. Upon taking a sip, you can enjoy the smooth mouthfeel of the fruits.
Lakeside Bird's Café is located at 1205-1 Nishishinden, Kurozasacho, Miyoshi City, Aichi. It is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-561-35-5015.
At change“s”, you can have a sip of freshly-made mixed vegetable and fruit juice. Since the owner is part of the wholesale industry, the shop has an abundance of fresh ingredients.
Fruit Stand’s Mango Bon Bon
Fruit Stand’s Mango Bon Bon (¥860) is the shop’s newest drink this autumn. The very bottom layer is a smoothie, while the top part consists of cheese cream and mangoes. You may also add tapioca (+ ¥100) and syrups (+ ¥50) if you want.
change“s” is located at 4-4 Nagazumi Town, Gifu City, Gifu. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-58-215-7196.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokai Walker™ (5 October 2019)