Top 12 Unique Starbucks in Japan

Aug 12, 2020

Starbucks – a worldwide coffee brand, was first founded in Seattle, USA in 1971. When it came to 2017, this brand has been expanded up to different 75 countries with more than 26,000 stores. Starbucks has an easy-to-recognize logo. Even though in 2011, the company decided to put away the words “coffee”, “tea”, and also the brand name “Starbucks” on the logo, it is not difficult for people to recognize the brand when looking through the logo only, which is a thing that not all brands can do.

Japan was a country in which Starbucks has opened its very first international store. This store was opened in Ginza, Tokyo (August,1996) and since then, due to the rapid expansion throughout the country, the number of stores has reached more than 1,300.

One of the most effective strategies that helps Starbucks to become such a well-known brand nowadays, is to localize the store elements but still ensure the experience which customers in that country can have to meet the Starbucks’s standard quality.  Thanks to this strategy as well as the unique culture, Starbucks Japan has many special features that make Starbucks in this country become the most outstanding Starbucks in the world.

1. Starbucks Kitano Ijinkan, Kobe – Western architecture


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Unlike other buildings in the vicinity, the exterior of Kobe Kitano Ijinkan Starbucks 
has Western style. It sticks true to the white and green color scheme of the brand ‘s roots.
Inside is cozy space with old school items such as typewriter, chandelier, and feature
wall painted with sepia photographs of coffee.


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On the wall is poster of the world map that will spark wanderlust, flanked by pair of 
book towers.

Address: Kitano Monogatarikan, 3-1-31 Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0002
Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-10PM
Telephone: +81 078-230-6302

2. Starbuck Hakodate Bayside, Hokkaido – brick house with fireplace


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Skiing and relaxing in the hot spring on the mountainside is a must-do experience while you’re in Hokkaido but visiting the Starbucks outlet at Hakodate Bayside should also be on your to-do list. In actuality, the brick red wooden panels and glass windows are a nod to the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse district where it stands.


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The indoor stairwells are plastered with black and white photos, creating a rustic vibe to the place. Venture out to the outdoor deck to enjoy scenic views of the bay, which makes a pleasant spot to sip on your brew.

fireplace will be lit up for extra warmth in the colder seasons from autumn to early spring.

Address: Hakodate City, Hokkaido Hakodate West Pier, Suehirocho 040-0053 24-6
Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-11PM
Telephone: 0138-21-4522

3. Starbucks Dogo Onsen Ekisha, Ehime – originally a train station


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The Starbucks from Dogo Onsen Ekisha has a townhouse-like exterior and originally stood as a train station. Both the western influences and the railway theme are present in the cafe’s interior, where tables and chairs are upcycled from old rails and wood.

The cafe, as well as leafy wallpaper, is decorated with muted green and brown tones to match its exterior. At the long central table, you can either go for the lighter window seats or the cushioned stools. There is an old train outside the shop.

Address: Dojocho 1-10-12, Ehime Prefecture Matsuyama 790-0843
Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-9PM
Telephone: 089-915-8155

4. Starbucks Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya, Kyoto – tatami floor seating

It may be a little challenging to find the Starbucks at Ninenzaka Yasaka Chaya, Kyoto because it is located in a historic wooden building that looks very similar to the other shophouses along this beautiful old quarter street. But, as you can see, the elegant design makes it one of the most unique Starbucks in the world!.


You may be surprised to find that inside there are no chairs and instead, tatami mats and cushions line the floors for you to sit on. There are plenty of kimono rental stores along this street, so dress up and have a mini photoshoot inside before you pop through.

Address: 349 Banchi, Masuya-cho, Shimogawara Higashi-iru, Kodaiji Minamimon-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-8PM
Telephone: +81 75-532-0601

5. Starbucks Dazaifu Tenmangu Omotesando, Fukuoka – quirky wooden lattices

Starbucks at Dazaifu Tenmangu Omotesando is just as much a piece of art as a cafe shop, with over 2,000 wooden bars interlaced to decorate the exterior. You can also find this latticed wood decoration in the cafe.

Large floor-to-ceiling windows make the place appear even wider than it is while brightening up the area with natural light. The wooden bars definitely makes this shop so unique among any other Starbucks cafe


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Address: Dazaifu-shi, 3-2-43 Saifu, Fukuoka prefecture 818-0117
Opening hours: Daily, 7AM-9PM
Telephone: +81 092-919-5690

6. Starbucks Hirosaki Park, Aomori – cosy cottage from the 1950s

If not for the unmistakable green mermaid Starbucks sign hanging from a lamp post, you might not be able to say this is a Starbucks outlet. A European-style cottage that is the Starbucks at Hirosaki Park, Aomori. As if this cafe goes straight out of our childhood storybooks.

Address: 1-1 Kamishiroganecho, Hirosaki, Aomori prefecture 036-8207
Opening hours: Daily, 7AM-9PM
Telephone: 0172-39-4051

7. Starbucks Ueno Park, Tokyo – little hut amidst cherry blossoms

Ueno Park is a must-visit spot when it’s in Tokyo during the cherry blossom season. Besides the beautiful blooms, shrines and a zoo, there’s also a Starbucks, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while chilling under the scenery of heaven.

Pretty Starbucks outlets in Japan
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Address: Taito City, 8-22 Uenokoen, Tokyo 110-0007
Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-9PM
Telephone: +81 03-5834-1630

8. Starbucks Sanjo Ohashi, Kyoto – outdoor deck overlooking Kamogawa River

Pretty Starbucks outlets in Japan
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Starbucks in Sanjo Ohashi is a spectacular brick building located right beside the Kamogawa River.  You can quickly head into the shop for a nice Cappucino when you’re done posing for photographs on the river-side waterways.

There are plenty of tables and benches, and window seats that provide view of the river, 
making it pleasant place for people to visit. 

Address: 113 Nakajimacho, Sanjo-Kawaramachi-Higashiiru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto prefecture 604-8004
Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-11PM
Telephone: 075-213-2326

9. Starbucks Kanetsuki Dori, Kawagoe – with its own Japanese garden


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The branch of Kanetsuki Dori Starbucks is designed to look like traditional Japanese
house with wood exteriors to sliding fusuma doors.
Pretty Starbucks outlets in Japan
Get cozy inside the compound in the mini Japanese garden, on the seats with cushions 
made from kind of kimono material.

Address: 15-18 Saiwaicho, Kawagoe, Saitama prefecture 350-0063
Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-10PM
Telephone: 049-228-5600

10. Starbucks Kamakura Onarimachi, Kanagawa – pet-friendly verandah with pool

The Starbucks at Kamakura Onarimachi, Kanagawa stands out with sleek black 
exteriors. This cafe used to be the residence for manga artist Ruichi Yokoyama, and 
you’ll find some of his artworks displayed here.

Chill out at the verandah outside that looks out into serene pool beneath show hanging
wisteria flowers. Even though you’re not allowed to swim there, the open air is pet friendly,
then you’ll have opportunity to meet some adorable fur-friends instead.

Address: 15-11 Onarimachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture 248-0012
Opening hours: Daily, 8AM-9PM
Telephone: 0467-61-2161

11. Starbucks Reserve Roastery, Meguro, Tokyo Meguro – The world’s largest Stabucks with cocktail bar

The architectural design of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, Meguro is treat for the 
eyes.  This Starbucks outlet is the largest in the world with its polished brass fixtures, high 
ceilings and open-concept barista stations.


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Each floor in this roastery has its own specialties, with coffee roasting machine housing 
the highest floor, while cocktail bar is on the third floor. Unless you’re more like a Teavana person, the second floor is our recommendation. You 
can pair all your drinks with pastries such as cronuts and pizza from the Milanese Bakery 
Princi. They also open the alfresco balcony during the warm months, where you can
enjoy a pleabsant view of the Meguro River

Address: 2-19-23 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 153-0042
Opening hours: Daily, 7AM-11PM
Telephone: +81-3-6417-0202

12. Stabucks Tokyu Plaza, Harajuku, Tokyo – rooftop garden setting with lanterns


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The rooftop garden on Tokyu Plaza is where you can enjoy busy Harajuku views from. Strung up lanterns add festive atmosphere to the place where the ambience is merrier, 
especially when illuminated at night.

Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Opening hours: Daily, 8.30AM-11PM
Telephone: 03-5414-5851

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