The most beautiful Starbucks opened at Nineizaka, Kyoto Enjoy coffee along with Japanese history and culture

2018.01.10 Wed / CAFE & BAR, Historical Spot, Kyoto

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The first Starbucks with traditional Japanese style/culture opened on 30 June, 2016.

A new Starbucks store has opened on 30 June in Kyoto. They exchanged the modern glass façade for a renovated more than 100-year-old traditional Japanese house at Nineizaka near the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kiyomizu temple, a popular tourist destination. This is the only Starbucks with noren door curtains and tatami room in the world.

Nineizaka is a gently sloping lane to visit shrines and temples in the Higashiyama district. The lane leads from Kodaiji temple, Nene-no-Michi Lane to Kiyomizu temple passing by Hokanji temple (Yasaka Pagoda) and Sanneizaka. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the traditional old Kyoto from the stone steps of the lane. This lane makes you feel like slipping back in time to the Taisho era, and is one of the most attractive sightseeing spots in Kyoto.

After you pass under the noren, the corridor with the image of Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro (the street with illumination and flower arrangements) leads you to the bar counter and back yard.

There are 3 gardens; front yard, courtyard and back yard. All the gardens have tsukubai (washbasins), the typical object for Japanese garden. The tsukubai, rocks, trees and light create the picturesque traditional Japanese garden.

The second floor features three rooms with tatami where you can take off your shoes and relax. The coffee stories are expressed at tokonoma (alcoves) of each room.

The original kakejiku (hanging scrolls) made by Tango chirimen (silk crepe from Tango region in Kyoto) on the walls blends Kyoto culture with the coffee culture of Starbucks. You can enjoy your favorite coffee at the amazing atmosphere.

It is important for Nineizaka area to maintain the beautiful and quiet atmospheres, and there are some considerations for history, culture, tourism, life, and so on.
It will not allow people to form queues in front of the shop, and also will restrict the number of customers during peak hours to avoid disrupting the neighbors and atmosphere. However, you can’t miss this awesome Japanese-style Starbucks!

Starbucks Coffee
Kyoto Nineizaka Yasaka Chaya

349 Masuya-cho Kodaiji Minamimon-dori Shimogawara-Higashiiru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Hours: 8:00am – 8:00pm / Open 7 days a week unless otherwise indicated

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