GYOKURO

WHAT IS gyokuro ?

Gyokuro is the king of Japanese green teas and is a delicate and exclusive beverage that requires enormous amounts of skill and work. It’s so rare because it’s so difficult to make.

If you are looking for the best green tea experience, then look no further than our exclusive selection of gyokuro! This delicate tea brews to a beautiful shade of emerald green, and has an exquisite flavor that makes it one of the world’s most sought after varieties.

Many gyokuro available at IKKYU have received the highest awards in Japna. Gyokuro from Yame is the most appreciated of all Japan and is praised for its exceptional quality. It’s mild astringency and rich flavor make it an absolute delight to drink.

The tea leaves are cultivated using a special method where the young leaves are shaded from direct sunlight for around twenty days. Shading is usually done through dark plastic sheet, but in Yame, traditional farmers will use natural rice straw to make ‘Dento Hon Gyokuro’, the highest label of quality. This method creates an incredibly rich flavor profile with notes of sweetness and earthiness which balances out to create an exquisite cup of tea.

Compared to sencha, gyokuro tends to be smoother, more full-bodied, and less astringent. Gyokuro is also much richer than sencha in umami, due to its high levels of theanine. Thanks to the shading process, the rate of photosynthesis is significantly reduced, and less theanine gets converted into other compounds. For more information, visit our dedicated page and use our comparative chart to see at a glance the properties of our featured products.

  • SATORI
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    SHINCHA 2021
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    Premium Gyokuro
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    YAME
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    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A stunning premium Yame dento hon gyokuro, with complex and enveloping notes of miso and nori with hints of citrus and nasturtium.
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    36 US$
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    39 US$
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  • GYOKURO BOX I
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    Premium Gyokuro
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    YAME
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    No
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    125G / 4.40 OZ
    A luxury gift box of 125g of Dento Hon Gyokuro from Yame that won several national awards. An unforgettable tasting experience that will leave you breathless. For demanding connoisseurs.
    $120
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  • HIKARU
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    SHINCHA 2021
    Premium Gyokuro
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    YAME
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    No
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    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A dento-hon gyokuro from Yame with a full-bodied liquor with notes of nori, steamed artichoke hearts, and dried lily.
    PLAIN BAG :
    25 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    28 US$
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  • GYOKURO-SENCHA SET
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    Premium Gyokuro & Sencha
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    YAME
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    No
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    260G / 9.17OZ
    A green tea luxury gift set, with one of the best gyokuro of Japan and a sencha carefully selected by green tea masters in Yame (130g each).
    $96
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  • MIYA
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    2021 HARVEST
    Premium Gyokuro
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    YAME
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    NO
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    50G / 1.76OZ
    A remarkable premium Yame dento hon gyokuro, with complex notes of nori, fresh cut grass, and asparagus accent this tea’s light-hued liquor.
    PLAIN BAG :
    29 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    32 US$
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  • Small bag of competition grade dento hon gyokuro from Yame, Japan, called MIYAKO, with hand calligraphy on the front.
    MIYAKO
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    Competition Gyokuro
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    YAME
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    10G / 0.34OZ
    A rare competition grade dento hon gyokuro from Yame. The finest of all, this award-winning gyokuro combines extraordinary sweetness and umami. In 10g or 50g bags.
    $18$81
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  • Japanese green tea bag wrapped in traditional Japanese washi paper for a premium grade organic gyokuro from Saga, Japan, named 'KAZUHIRO'. The package is made of a washi sheet, a washi obi and inner information sheet.
    KAZUHIRO
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    Premium Organic Gyokuro
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    Saga
    ORGANIC: 
    YES
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    50G / 1.76OZ
    A unique organic gyokuro with aromatic notes of wildflowers and dried honey that balance with refined notes of steamed asparagus. First harvest tea.
    PLAIN BAG :
    29 US$
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    WASHI WRAPPED:
    32 US$
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  • Open wooden box containing a set made of a tube-shaped golden box with a white paper label wrapped around it with hand-written Japanese calligraphy, a white porcelain tea pot, a white porcelain water cooler and two small white porcelain tea cups resting against a deep purple velvet tissue.
    GYOKURO & CHINA SET
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    Competition Gyokuro & China Set
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    YAME
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    No
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    100G / 5.37OZ
    A beautiful luxury gift set, combining 100g of an award-winning Dento Hon gyokuro of Yame, and a white porcelain tea set from Arita.
    $163
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  • Front view of three purple and golden tube-shaped green tea boxes placed inside a wooden box with Japanese markings on them mentioning their origins (Hoshino sencha and gyokuro).
    HOSHINO SENCHA & GYOKURO BOX
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    Premium Sencha and Gyokuro
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    YAME
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    No
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    375G/13.11OZ
    An exceptional green tea gift set combining 125g of premium gyokuro and 2 x 125g of premium sencha, all of them grown in the mountainous area of Hoshino (Yame, Fukuoka).
    $144
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  • HOSHINO GYOKURO AND SENCHA DOUBLE BOX
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    Premium Sencha and Gyokuro
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    YAME
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    No
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    320G/11.29OZ
    A beautiful and prestigious green tea gift set, combining 160g of Gyokoru and 160g of premium Sencha, from the renowned area of Hoshinomura in Yame.
    $120
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  • Gyokuro Box Limited Edition
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    Competition Gyokuro
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    YAME
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    No
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    50G / 1.76 OZ
    A limited-edition competition-grade Dento Hon Gyokuro from Yame. A blend of yamakai and kanaya midori, a concentration of umami and sweetness that comes in 5 bags of 8g in a beautiful wooden box.
    $82
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  • COMPETITION SENCHA AND GYOKURO DOUBLE BOX
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    Competition Sencha and Gyokuro
    REGION: 
    YAME
    ORGANIC: 
    No
    WEIGHT: 
    250G/8.81OZ
    A beautiful and prestigious green tea gift set, combining 125g of an award winning competition Gyokuro and  Sencha, from the renowned area of Hoshinomura in Yame.
    $139
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  • KIRARI31
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    Competition gyokuro
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    YAME
    ORGANIC: 
    NO
    WEIGHT: 
    8g
    Only 5kg of this dento hon gyokuro made from the famous Kirari 31 cultivar are produced every year. A rare and exclusive treat, in very limited quantity.
    $50
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