The Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya Starbucks is the world's first Starbucks joint with tatami seating. It's a great place to experience a traditional Japanese atmosphere along with tasty coffee.
World-renowned coffee chain Starbucks Coffee has shops throughout Japan, and is a go-to spot to rest for both locals and tourists. In several regions you'll find special concept stores that are especially popular.
A new Starbucks shop was opened in the famous tourist destination city of Kyoto on June 30th, 2017. This is the Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya store. It's the first Starbucks located in a traditional Japanese house. The shop is located on Ninenzaka, which leads to the World Heritage site Kiyomizudera Temple.
Kyoto already has various concept stores where visitors can enjoy traditional Japanese atmospheres, such as the Kyoto Karasuma Rokkaku store near Rokkakudo, the temple where ikebana originated, as well as the Kyoto Sanjo Ohashi shop which has a "noryodoko" (*1) by the Kamo River.
The Starbucks project team planned and wanted to create a "one-of-a-kind shop that conveys the culture and history of Kyoto even more than before."
But it wasn't easy. Finding the perfect place was harder than expected, and most traditional Japanese buildings are small and not fit for such services like a coffee shop. On top of that, reforming an old building seemed a very difficult task.
They say that even after the right building was decided, turning it into a shop while complying with regulations wasn't easy, and the Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya shop was only completed with cooperation from local governments.
349 Masuyachō, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0826, Japan
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