The Seattle-founded second-wave coffee house chain was established in 1971 and of November 2016, operates in close to 23,768 locations worldwide and roughly 1,162 in Japan.
Needless to say, it is popular amongst both young and old alike. Starbucks Shibuya alone welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world and serves as a perfect meeting spot for tourists and locals and provides a perfect vantage point for taking blog-worthy shots of the well-known Shibuya crossing. It also provides a cozy atmosphere for date nights in winter and many a busy early bird’s spot for a quick pick-me-up in the morning before the day begins.
Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd., the Japanese arm of the U.S based Starbucks Corporation is “going traditional” and plans to open a Japanese-style café in Kyoto with tatami floors and Japanese inspired interior design. This will be the first of its kind in Japan and will be located in the popular tourist destination of Kiyomizudera Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The venue is a two-story wooden house of 270square meters equipped with 3 tatami rooms and over 100 years old. For non-traditional travelers, there are also tables and free wi-fi.
This will serve as a great immersion into the traditional Japanese feel and definitely attract both locals and foreigners alike to the area as a whole.
For all the coffee-lovers out there, the opening date is scheduled for June 30th.