Milk Tea Brands You Should Try in Japan

Your go-to milk tea stops!



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Heading to Japan? Besides the beautiful temples, colorful festivals, and Insta-worthy spots, Japan is also a treasure trove for unique tapioca shops! 


If you’re craving some milk tea, we’ve got you covered.
We've rounded up a variety of milk tea brands all over Japan and each one is a must-try! Check out these brands below.


Nonara Pearl-Shinsaibashi Branch


This pink-themed tapioca shop in Osaka uses fresh tapioca imported from Taiwan which is noted to have no preservatives in it. They are famous for their Taiwan tea, Uji tea, and fruit tea. You can also give their Matcha Hojicha Milk Tapioca, a try!


They even sell their very own merchandise with Nonara-kun,the shop’s logo, in it and they have cute cup holders too!

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Nonara Pearl-Shinsaibashi Branch is located at 2-1-16 Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo District, Osaka and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-6-6563-7323. It is a five-minute walk from Shinsaibashi subway station.


Sin an ju Shinsaibashi Branch


This drink specialty shop makes sure to have the freshest and best quality of tapioca, brown sugar and tea leaves. They offer a variety of drinks like the Matcha Brown Sugar Bubble Milk or Sugar Bubble Milk Tea. There are also other options such as the Tapioca Milk Tea or Straight Tea which are rich in flavor and have a deep taste.

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Sin an ju Shinsaibashi Branch is located at 1-6-35 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo District, Osaka, and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Sundays to Thursdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and the day before a Japanese holiday. You may contact them at +81-6-6563-7668. It is a two-minute walk from Shinsaibashi Subway Station.


CHARBON STAND


If you want to drink tapioca at a budget-friendly price, you can enjoy it here in CHARBON STAND. They also offer big-sized hotdogs and homemade sausages that you can eat with their drinks.


You can even choose to take-out and bring some home for your family!

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CHARBON STAND Is located at 1/F, 1-6-23 Kitahorie, Nishi District, Osaka and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. You may contact them at +81-6-4391-7215. It is a one-minute walk from Yotsubashi subway station.


SPINNS vintage&cafe


This quirky vintage cafe uses different kinds of tea leaves and handmade syrup for their drinks. You can even ask for some additional cream cheese topping too!

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Besides this, they hold magic show events that will surely be an experience to remember! They also offer omelette rice menus so you can have something to pair with your drink!


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SPINNS vintage&cafe is located at 2/F Brutus building, 2-11-30 Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo District, Osaka, and is open from 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on weekends and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-80-3601-4467. It is a four-minute walk from Shinsaibashi subway station.


Chat et Ours Neko to Kumasan


With their locally-produced fresh tapioca, you get to choose among three kinds of milk—soy, regular or breve milk—as the drink’s base. They even created one of their popular tapioca drinks into a mousse dessert, a must-try indeed!


You can also try their additives-free apple juice that was purchased from Aomori’s apple farmers. Of course, those fluffy nekos are a sight as well!


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Chat et Ours Neko to Kumasan is located at 1/F Hifumiya building, 1-22-21 Kitahorie, Nishi District, Osaka and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-6-7710-4685. It is a two-minute walk from Nishiohashi subway station.


N°charm dats Amerikamura Branch


This shop offers a variety of unique menus: may it be milk tea, fruit tea, milk foam, and even their food! They also have a one of a kind handmade Peking duck crepe sandwich.


As for their tapioca drinks, there are a number of milk black teas being served like the Tapioca Milk Tea Black Tea (M) ¥550. If you’re a fan of oreo, you can try their Oreo Milk Tea which is put in adorable mini bottles.


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N°charm dats Amerikamura Branch is located at 1-6-27 Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo District, Osaka, and is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-6-4256-4938. It is a two-minute walk from Shinsaibashi subway station.


Q&D TAPIOCA Amemura Branch


Q&D was noted to stand for quality for “Q” and delicious for “D” which indicates the brand’s dedication in giving you the best drink that will surely satisfy you. 


As for their ingredients, they have their tapioca imported from Taiwan, their fresh milk from Aso, Kumamoto, and their refined black sugar manufactured in Okinawa.


Clearly, Q&D stays true to their promise of the greatest quality and delicious menus!

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Q&D TAPIOCA Amemura Branch is located at 2-11-9 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo District, Osaka and is open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. You may contact them at +81-6-7708-7699. It is a five-minute walk from Shinsaibashi Subway Station.


Asian Sabou


Based from the own experience of the shop’s owner, Asian Sabou was created to incorporate distinct menus from Taiwan and other asian countries. They are known for their tapioca drinks, sensoku jelly and smoothies. What’s more, you can have your tapioca pearl toppings adjusted in three quantifying levels.


They also offer menu courses on special occasions like birthdays!


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Asian Sabou is located at 1/F Shirakiya building, 1-8-4 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo District, Osaka and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-6-7650-3208. It is a four-minute walk from Shinsaibashi Subway Station.


ASIAN RAD AFTERS


Inside this mint green inspired shop, you can treat yourself to a bubble waffle or even a bubble tea. Besides having their tapioca pearls organically colored, each menu is Insta-worthy indeed. You surely can’t resist taking a shot.


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ASIAN RAD AFTERS is located at 1/F, 1-25-8 Shimachi, Nishi District, Osaka and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays and Thursdays. You may contact them at +81-6-6535-8535. It is a three-minute walk from Nishiohashi Station.


nice tapioca


nice tapioca will give you a taste of those Asian sweets like the Hong Kong Egg Waffles. With their popular starry drinks, these used ingredients like Taiwanese tapioca and tea leaves which is a hit not only in Taiwan but in Japan, too.


You’ll surely gush over their mini light bulb bottles too!


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nice tapioca is located at 1/F Lifesystem building, 1-20-13 Kitahorie, Nishi District, Osaka, and is open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-6-4965-2643. It is a one-minute walk from Nishiohashi Station.


Quickly Japan Amerikamura Branch


With their simple yet easy to hold cups, this shop offers a variety of drinks from milk tea to fruit bi-colored shakes. You can even ask for free tapioca toppings.


You can check their Instagram account to see their various drink menus which fit anyone’s taste.


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Quickly Japan Amerikamura Branch is located at 1/F APT building, 2-11-19 Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo District, Osaka, and is open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-6-6214-6500. It is a four-minute walk from Shinsaibashi Subway Station.

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Gyukaku


With their crunchy yakiniku dishes made from the freshest ingredients, Gyukaku will surely fill with you with delight. Besides this, they offer refreshing drinks like the Gyukaku Tapioca. They also have desserts that you can’t resist!


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Gyukaku is located at 5/F YK Building, 1-7-10 Yaesu, Chuo, Tokyo, and is open from 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays, and 4:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-3-6202-1129. It is a three-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit or a three-minute walk from Subway Ginza Line Nippombashi Station.


koe donuts


This store’s ingredients are noted to be carefully selected, organic, fresh, and healthy. Now, you won’t have to worry about eating those donuts! Since they are said to be good for your body and even the environment too. 


Also, you can grab their customized merchandise from their store itself. 


With complementing flavors of their food and their drinks, you surely can’t resist grabbing a bite and taking a snap of your treat, too.


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koe donuts is located at 557 Nakanocho, Shinkyogoku Shijo-agaru, Nakagyo District, Kyoto, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-75-748-1162. It is a one-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station.


Lipton Tea Stand Hakata Marui Branch


This new and refreshing store is gaining popularity among the locals with their fruits in tea and tapioca milk tea menu. With four kinds of tea to choose from as base for your drink, you can also customize your drink by adding syrups or spices based on your personal preference. They even have cup and tumblers for you to choose from!


With their various fruits infused into their tea or tapioca milk tea, your body will be filled with vitamins, too. A health-friendly choice indeed.


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Lipton Tea Stand Hakata Marui Branch is located at 1/F Hakata Marui, 9-1 Hakata Station Chuo-Gai, Hakata District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka, and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-92-577-1665. It is a two-minute walk from Hakata Station.


CHEESE ALL STAR Nakazaki


With their cute cow-designed logo, this shop offers a variety of refreshing tapioca drinks. They even have a takeout tea with tapioca pearls that have irresistible cheese flavor. It will surely give you your cheese fix.

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CHEESE ALL STAR Nakazaki is located at 60 Koukashita, 2-4-26 Nakazakinishi, Kita District, Osaka, and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sundays and Thursdays and Japanese holidays, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. You may contact them at +81-6-6373-2331. It is a six-minute walk from Umeda Subway Station.


THE ALLEY Nagoya Takashimaya Gate Tower Mall Branch


Popular for their authentic tapioca drinks, this shop aims to create a drink that is like a “key to a wonderful life.” Guided by this, they offer the following: the tapioca series, the milk tea series, among others.


Try out their most well-known drink that is blended by a tea master, the Royal No.9 Tapioca Milk Tea (M) ¥540 and is an Assam tea-based drink. You can also choose to pair it with their food menu!


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THE ALLEY Nagoya Takashimaya Gate Tower Mall Branch is located at 2/F Takashimaya Gate Tower Mall, 1-1-3 Meieki, Nakamura District, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. You may contact them at +81-052-433-6570. It is a two-minute walk from Nagoya Station.


So what are you waiting for? Drop by these shops now! 


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