Food Trip: Kyoto's Edo-Style Starbucks

Months prior to our visit in Japan, my wife tagged me to a trending post on Facebook about this unique Starbucks store in Kyoto City. This Starbucks store was dubbed as the "Edo-Style Starbucks." 

The post piqued my interest as I was crafting our Kyoto City itinerary during that time. I made sure to include it to the said itinerary and as a matter of fact, I placed it to our first day plans. Before I write about what happened next, let's first discover the good to know information about this Starbucks store.
You'd surely miss it if you don't know where it is...
I had to ask around to find it. 

Yup, I'm on the right place!


The Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya, better known as the tatami -styled Starbucks is located at Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji Minami-dori Shimogawara Higashi Ino Masuya-cho 349, Masayacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu 605-0826, Japan (Whew). It opened on June 30, 2017 after 10 years of thorough planning and restoration. The store was incorporated to a 2-storey 100-year old traditional Japanese townhouse found in the historic Ninenzaka street.  When it opened, it took the honor of being the first tatami-style Starbucks in the world. 
The tsukubai in one of the gardens...
The Zen garden at the backside of Starbucks




Now, going back to our plan... I'm proud to share with you that it really came into fruition. We visited Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya in the afternoon of our first day in Kyoto City. We were a bit lucky as there were available seats for 5 in the store despite the legion of tourists in the area. 
The interior remained faithful to its theme
Let's check out the second floor

Upon entering the store, one would notice that the "modern cafe" is beautifully integrated to the traditional styled interior. The first floor has the bar counter and an area to accommodate a few customers. There are also  three courtyards, each with gardens and tsukubai(s) or wash bin like decoration that is usually found in a tea garden. 
Coffee Edo-style!
Enjoyed it with our Japanese family

The second floor contains 3 rooms with tatami mats and zabuton cushions. Just like a traditional Japanese house, customers need to remove their footwear when entering these rooms. We got to sip our coffee in one of the rooms here together with two other groups of customers. Surprisingly, you won't here the noise from the busy street outside when inside the room. However, what almost ruined our experience were the noisy roommates that were occupying the table behind us. Thankfully, they left and a "quieter" group took their place. 
Till next time!
A trip to Starbucks won't be complete without buying a Kyoto City Tumbler for my growing collection...

Overall, our visit to Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya was a memorable one. After our visit, I still had that feeling of disbelief that I have visited a place that I have seen from a trending post in Facebook months ago. It was truly worth it!


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Comments

  1. This is beautiful. I love everything about the interiors and exteriors too.

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  2. I love Japanese houses & restaurants. Starbucks is a great example. Thanks for sharing your experience there. 😊

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    1. Thanks so much Harish for visiting my blog post.

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  3. I am just mesmerised by the building so very unique.

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    1. Same here. The most appealing Starbucks branch for me so far.

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  4. This is the most interesting Starbucks I've ever seen. Would love to visit someday.

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    1. I have to agree on that. I hope you get to visit this place someday. =)

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  5. It seems like a wonderful place to visit. Japan is on my list.

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  6. This is so cool, i love starbucks. And this is a different coffee experience I would like to try.

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    1. I would be excited to hear about that experience someday. =)

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  7. I have always adored Japanese culture. Looks like a one can spend a very peaceful time there. It looks like perfect combination of historical and modern cultures. Just Beautiful.!!

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    1. It is. =) It's a perfect combination of history and traditional Japanese culture and modern pop culture.

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  8. What a cool Starbucks! I think it awesome that Starbucks built a store that fits in the culture they are building in. No need to try to bring in an American coffee house and bring in the American culture to Japan.

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    1. Hahaha. I agree. At least it remains to look like a traditional Japanese store.

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  9. It's so different from the Starbucks I'm used to, but oh, so cool! Your photos are great. I love how the Starbucks has incorporated local culture and design.

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  10. one of a kind Starbucks.....it has a touristy feel....instagram worthy....

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  11. Okay, that Starbucks was so cool! That's like totally amazing. That's probably the most unique Starbucks in the world! I can't wait to visit this place. :)

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  12. Kyoto city tumbler looks fascinating. Worth a purchase as souvenir.

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  13. That's why I love Japan <3 How I wish I'll visit to Kyoto city and Buy their unique version of Starbucks!

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  14. Great adventure. I love the feeling off trying new places+ the meal with the Jap family is so nice..

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  15. Great adventure. I love the feeling off trying new places+ the meal with the Jap family is so nice..

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  16. The traditionally styled interior is definitely catching all my attention. Lovey pictures too :)

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