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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Traditional Tatami-Style Starbucks to Open in Kyoto

The new traditional Starbucks in Kyoto
Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto is famous for its many tourist attractions ranging from historic temples, colourful shrines, and sublime gardens. Now, it can add a new one to list with the world’s first traditional tatami-style coffee shop under the global Starbucks brand.

The announcement this week by Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd., the Japanese arm of global coffee giant Starbucks Coffee Co, is already creating buzz over the internet here in Japan, with the store to officially open on June 30, 2017.

Starbucks coffee will be served in traditional “tatami” floor rooms in a 100-year old Japanese-style machiya wooden townhouse.

The new traditional Starbucks in Kyoto
The new traditional Starbucks in Kyoto

The two-story townhouse is conveniently located near the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kiyomizu-dera Temple, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kyoto.

The new shop can be found along Ninen-zaka, a historic street lined with traditional Kyoto shops which leads from Kiyomizu-dera to Kodaiji Temple.

Ninen-zaka historic street in Kyoto
Ninen-zaka Historic Street in Kyoto

Starbucks Coffee Japan Website

4 comments:

  1. I love the idea. Starbucks should start doing that with other traditional elements and places in other cultures as well :)

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    1. Hi Herc! It is a great idea and ensures that even these old traditional buildings are not going to be knocked down, but used. This old building was unused for several years, so it is a great idea to keep it alive. It also fits in well with the rest of the area. I am all for it :)

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  2. There is a pretty famous Starbucks here in Fukuoka in Dazaifu City, it looks cooler in pictures on the web... when you see it in person it's kind of like... Okay... I've seen it. Here's a pix of it: https://goo.gl/images/eC1GN1

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    1. Hello! Thank you for sharing. It does look pretty cool & interesting. I'll have to check it out when I'm in Fukuoka.

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