Three Unique Japanese Cafes You’ll Want to Visit Again and Again

05.October.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

Most of us have been spending more and more time at home over the past year. It’s time to get out for a change of scenery, and what better activity than cafe hopping! Check out these unique cafes around Japan, each offering a safe and relaxing space to enjoy a day out. 

 

 

[Saitama] Bath Cafe BIVOUAC

This cafe located in Kumagaya City offers a full range of bath and sauna facilities, as well as a restaurant featuring healthy dishes filled with local, freshly-picked veggies. 

Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/497213

 

 

 

[Gifu] Activity Cafe Takayama Zenko-ji

Set inside a Buddhist temple, this cafe invites anyone, regardless of faith or nationality, to enjoy a cup of tea while experiencing traditional culture. It’s also a great space to work remotely, with free Wi-fi!

Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/484296

 

 

 

[Tokyo] NANARIDA

Filled with plants and light, NANARIDA has been dubbed a digital detox cafe, not allowing smartphones or laptops each Sunday. Leaving your phone with the staff will grant you a free beverage, so come enjoy some tea and conversation. 

Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/493631

 

TEXT: Natalie(MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

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    You can clearly hear the sound of the rain from inside the store, while the served cream soda changes based on both the weather and the time. On clear days where the sun is shining, you can order the traditional green-color  ‘Blue Sky Cream Soda,’ while on rainy days you can order the blue ‘Rain-color Cream Soda.’

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    The group aims to create music, events, artwork, and more, that are cool like the rain but still convey a kindness. The ‘rain coat studio’ came up with the idea of a coffee shop as a way to try creating a restaurant business that followed their ideals.

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    Fill your heart and stomach with Yuzu this Autumn at the Yojiya Yuzu Fair!

     

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