Three Unique Japanese Cafes You’ll Want to Visit Again and Again
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.
[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!
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.
TEXT： Natalie（MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON）
Gorgeous Project Mapping Event Coming to Yamashiro Onsen in Kaga, Ishikawa
26.October.2021 | SPOT
DMM.com will sponsor a projection mapping project titled Yamashiro Night Promenade Fall 2021 on Yamashiro Onsen Street in Kaga, Ishikawa prefecture from October 30 until November 28, 2021.
The limited-time project is being organized by the Yamashiro Onsen Tourist Association with support from DMM. Under the themes of harmony and local tradition, brilliant images of flowers, water, and geometric patterns will illuminate the hot spring resort while accompanied by music. There will also be traditional Taiko performances during the event.
Yamashiro Night Promenade Fall 2021
Running: October 30 – November 28, 2021
Hours: 20:20-21:20 (Canceled for rain)
Address: Yamashiro Onsen Street in front of Hatori Ryokan (17 Onsen-dori, Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga City, Ishikawa)
Official Site: https://sousei.dmm.com/
no mark.Café in Tokyo Collaborates with Parent-Child Art Unit Musee du Aouvre
Located in an old traditional Japanese house in Kiyosumi Shirakawa, no mark.Café has a cozy ambiance for guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. From October 15 until November 30, the cafe is collaborating with the parent-child art unit Musee du Aouvre, and thirteen works from the group’s blog will be on display throughout the building. A campaign will also be held, giving visitors the chance to receive some original coasters and a small wind God figure to sit on the side of a coffee cup.
Campaign Present A. Aouvre Coaster / B. Aouvre Wind God Figure
The cafe aims to be a place where guests can enjoy art as they relax, and to further this idea, they will be collaborating with a number of artists in the ‘CAFE DE ART’ project.
The first collaboration is with Musee du Aouvre, an art unit consisting of a father and son duo who copy famous works of art. These aren’t just any forgeries–they are incredibly adorable and pay proper homage to the original creations. Thirteen works will be selected from the pair’s blog and will be exhibited under the title ‘The no mark.Café Great Counterfeit Exhibition.’ A 2022 calendar and postcards of the works will be on sale at the store, and videos will provide information about the original works of art. Visitors can also participate in the Twitter and Instagram campaign to win a special collaborative item!
The no mark.Café Great Counterfeit Exhibition
Running: October 15, 2021 – November 30, 2021
Address: no mark.Café (3-7-3 Shirakawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nomarkcafe1 （＠nomarkcafe1）
Official Site: https://show-ohdo.jp
New Rap Track by monyusode Inspired by 1926 Short Story ‘The Izu Dancer’
20.October.2021 | MUSIC
Female duo monyusode just released their new track With no ODORIKO on October 8, 2021. The song is available on the iTunes store and major streaming sites.
The song was inspired by the 1926 short story The Izu Dancer by Nobel Prize-winning Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. Kawabata was the first Japanese writer to win the award in 1968 and the short story follows a young boy from Tokyo traveling to Izu on a lonely summer holiday. On this trip, he repeatedly crosses paths with five traveling musicians who bring joy back to his life.
Comment from monyusode
“With no ODORIKO is a song that combines a traditional enka-style melody with modern rap. Be sure to pay attention to the lyrics!”
“The music video tells the story of a traveler who meets and falls in love with a dancer. It was shot in the town of Murata in Miyagi prefecture and features this rare and incredibly beautiful scenery. We hope you’ll enjoy the casting!”
Enjoy a Weather and Time-based Cream Soda at the Newly Opened ‘Cafe Amayadori’
The Oarai Tourism Omotenashi Promotion Council opened Cafe Amayadori, a rain and healing themed coffee shop, on September 18 2021. The shop was opened as a challenge and is located in the Umimachi Terrace Tourist Information Center.
Cafe Amayadori Menu
Cafe Amayadori Tote Bag
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.’
The cafe also serves a wide variety of Japanese and Western meals and desserts, each cooked using local Oarai produce. Morning and lunch specials are also available, meaning you can easily work your visit around your own schedule.
The concept of the cafe is “Rain.” You can dash into the cafe as if you’re looking for shelter from the weather before sitting down to eat and drink in the calm space, emphasized by the soothing music that plays in the background. While the soundtrack depends on the day, the sound of rain is often played. However, the sounds played on rainy days are a little different to the usual. True to its name, the cafe can create a comfortable Amayadori (lit. rain shelter) no matter what the weather!
‘rain coat studio’ is a group of creators who have been working on ‘rain’ themed events and designs since 2016. The group was formed with the idea that “when it rains, our activities are limited due to the dull weather. On the other hand, the rain represents the season and soothes those who listen to it’s sound.”
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.
The signature item on Cafe Amayadori’s menu is the ‘Weather Cream Soda.’ The flavor depends on whether the weather is clear, rainy, and after-rain, but can also depend on the time – They even offer special drinks for ‘Morning Fog’ and for drinking in the evening, along with a limited-time ‘Seasonal Cream Soda.
The cafe doesn’t just serve Cream Soda! Customers who would like a full meal can also order from a selection of Japanese food, Western food, and desserts. A limited edition tote bag is currently on sale to commemorate the opening of the cafe.
Why not try relaxing on a rainy day at Cafe Amayadori?
Address: Uramichi Terrace, 301 Sakuramichi, Oarai-cho, Higashi-Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki *Directly connected to Oarai Station
Opening Hours: 09:00 ~ 17:30 (subject to change)
Closed: Mondays, Holidays (subject to change)
Official Site: http://rain-sound.com/cafe
Kadokawa Musashino Museum Celebrates First Anniversary with Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris Project
To celebrate the location’s first anniversary, the Kadokawa Musashino Museum will hold a 360-degree experimental exhibition titled Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris starting October 30. The theater continuously holds showings to help share Japanese culture with both domestic and international visitors.
Bowie as Kidomaru. Masumi Ishikawa for the Ukiyo-e Project
Momoiro Clover Z and KISS. Megumi Oishi (BALCOLONY) for the Ukiyo-e Project
In the Edo period, the price of one ukiyo-e print was 28 mon, the same as a bowl of soba noodles. The word ukiyo means ‘this world,’ and these paintings captured the familiar and the mundane. In that period of time, these creations were what television, the internet, and Instagram are to us today. In the 19th century, ukiyo-e pieces first appeared in Europe and made a large impact on impressionist artists, which continues to this day.
Danny Rose Studio has helped create a giant video space for the new exhibition, combining the old and the new. The Dreamed Japan – Images of the Floating World exhibition has been experienced by over 2 million people in France and is now coming to Japan for the first time with some new enhancements. Twelve unique works of art will be dynamically projected on a massive space, transporting visitors into an entirely new world. Clocks will tick, lanterns will dance in the air, cherry blossoms will flutter in the wind, and waves will rush overhead.
In the back of the Grand Gallery, a large number of ukiyo-e prints used by the Danny Rose Studio will be on display along with works by contemporary Japanese ukiyo-e artists.
Ukiyo-e Theater from Paris
Running: October 30, 2021 – April 10, 2022
Kadokawa Musashino Museum 1F Grand Gallery
Sumikko Gurashi Themed Cafes Open in Tokyo, Osaka, and Aichi to Commemorate Second Theatrical Movie
To commemorate the release of the their second movie, ‘Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahou no Ko,’ Sumikko Gurashi will be opening the limited-time ‘Night Party with Sumikko’ cafe in Osaka on October 20, Tokyo on October 21, and Aichi on November 11.
(Advance Reservation Benefit Only) Original Invitation with Postcard (Five types)
Tokage’s Night Party Curry: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl.)
Shirokuma’s Warming Hot Rice Casserole: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl.)
Five’s Recommended Children’s Lunch: ¥1,650 (Tax Incl.)
Magician’s Party ~Açai Bowl~: ¥1,430 (Tax Incl)
Aoi Tsukiyo’s Fruit Punch: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.) + ¥220 for one mini ice cream
Sumikko’s Pudding Ice Cream: ¥880 each (Tax Incl.)
Starry Drink: ¥990 each (Tax Incl)
Hot Café Au Lait: ¥880 (Tax Incl.)
Acrylic Keyholder (Random out of five): ¥770 (Tax Incl.)
Phosphorescent Sticker (Random out of eight): ¥605 (Tax Incl.)
Acrylic Stand (Random out of five): ¥880 (Tax Incl.)
Muddler (Three types): ¥1,100 each (Tax Incl.)
Mug Cup: ¥1,980 (Tax Incl)
Purse: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
Fluorescent Pen Set: ¥1,100 (Tax Incl.)
A5 Clear File Duo: ¥605 (Tax Incl.)
Bandanna: ¥1,870 (Tax Incl.)
The Sumikko Gurashi characters are beloved by both adults and children for their gentle touch and tone. Their first movie, ‘Sumikko Gurashi Tobidasu Ehon to Himitsu no Ko’ was released in November 2019 and received great popularity. The sweet story of the Sumikko’s adventures through a story-book world attracted over 1.2 million viewers across Japan.
The heartwarming cafe menu includes “Tokage’s Night Party Curry,” “Shirokuma’s Warming Hot Rice Casserole,” Five’s Recommended Children’s Lunch,””Magician’s Party ~Açai Bowl~,” “Aoi Tsukiyo’s Fruit Punch,” “Starry Drink,” and more. The cute, Instagrammable dishes feature the characters who feature in the movie, which tells a mysterious story that begins under a blue moon in the Sumikko’s hometown. A lineup of limited edition goods and perks will also be available, adding to the movie excitement.
Enjoy a cute, social-media friendly meal and original merchandise at the exciting Sumikko Gurashi cafe!
©2021 Japanese Sumikko Gurashi Association Film Club
Sumikko Gurashi Cafe
Tokyo: BOX cafe&space Tokyo SolaMachi (Previously TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo SolaMachi)
October 21 ~ December 5 2021
1-1-2 Tokyo Sky Tree Town Solamachi 1F, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Shinsaibashi, Osaka: kawara CAFE＆DINING Shinsaibashi
October 20 ~ December 5 2021
1-4-3 Shinsaibashi OPA 9F, Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Aichi & Nagoya: BOX cafe&space Nagoya LACHIC 1F (Previously NAGOYA BOX cafe&space A)
November 11 ~ December 12 2021
3-6-1 LACHIC Basement 1F, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi
Reservation Fee: ¥650 (¥715 incl. tax) *Reservation comes with benefits *Up to four seats can be reserved per application.
Cafe Online Shop opens November 11 12:00 until December 12 at 23:59
Reservations & Official Site: https://sumikkogurashi-movie-cafe.jp
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/cafe_sumikko
Online Shop: https://sumikkogurashi-movie-cafe.jp/online_store
Kurobe Gorge Trekking Tour Offers Breathtaking Two-Day Trolley Journey
13.October.2021 | SPOT
The Kurobe Gorge Trolley in Toyama will offer a special two-day journey through the fall foliage on October 29 and November 1, 2021.
On the day of the tour, guests will enjoy a leisurely journey through nature as a Kurobe Gorge tour guide explains the features of the surrounding environment.
Kurobe Gorge Trekking Tour
Deadline for Applications:
- October 29, 2021 – By October 18, 2021
- November 1, 2021 – By October 21, 2021
*Applications will close once capacity is reached.
30 guests per tour on a first-come, first-served basis.
Official Site: https://www.kurotetu.co.jp
90 Year Old Renovated Public Bath-turn-Cafe ‘Rebon Kaisaiyu’ to Hold Collab Exhibition with Illustrator Miyaoka Chigav
Tokyo, Taito-ku based public bath cafe Rebon Kaisaiyu has announced a collaboration exhibition with illustrator Miyaoka Chiga, held between October 10 (public bath day) and October 24 2021, titled “Yu.”
Rebon Kaisaiyu is a renovated public bath which was built 90 years ago, now transformed into a cafe serving home-roasted specialty coffee and handmade ice cream. The wooden tag shoe boxes, watch seats, ceilings, clocks, and Mt. Fuji paintings from the public bath have been preserved, retaining the comfort and warmth of the original building.
The space was designed around the concept of “connecting memories through a cafe,” striving to become a spot where locals could relax once more, connecting the building with the people of the new generation. The relaxing cafe has 16 seats available and is located only a five minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Station.
The collaboration exhibition will be filled with artwork using iconic public bath motifs. Miyaoka’s gentle illustrations are sure to soothe your heart, immersing you in the warmth of “Yu” (public baths). Why not relax in this unique cafe with a comforting mug of hot coffee.
Rebon Kaisaiyu x Miyaoka Chiga Collaboration Exhibition “Yu”
Duration: October 10 ~ October 24 2021
Opening Hours: Weekdays 12:00 ~ 19:00 / Weekends, Holidays 11:00 ~ 19:00 (*Based on Rebon Kaisaiyu’s opening hours.)
Admission Fee: Free (*Please order one item from the cafe if you decide to use the seats.)
Official Site: https://www.rebon.jp/
Kyoto’s Kurodani Temple, Typically Closed to the Public, to Accept Visitors for Limited Time
12.October.2021 | SPOT
Constructed in 1175, the Kurodani Temple is one of the head temples of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. Though typically closed to the public, the grounds will open for a short period to allow guests to experience some beautiful autumn scenery beginning November 12, 2021. This temple is associated with the Shinsengumi and served as the headquarters of the Aizu Clan at the end of the Edo period, so those interested in history won’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity.
[Night] Shiun Garden
[Day] Autumn Leaves at the Main Gate
[Day] Shiun Garden
[Night] Autumn Leaves at the Main Gate
Temple Grounds at Sunset
The Tiger’s Room
Live Koto Performance
Gokoushiyuiamidabutsu, ‘Afro Buddha’
Guests will be able to enjoy the gorgeous autumn temple scenery during both daytime and nighttime, with the night viewing also offering some traditional Japanese live music. Visitors can also see various temple treasures and historical items, as well as the Tiger Room, known for its painted doors. The unique and aptly named Afro Buddha will also be on display. After training for an extremely long period of time, the Buddha’s hair piled up, giving him this strangely modern appearance.
On a clear day, guests will be able to see clear to the Abeno Harukas building in Osaka. Vividly painted ceilings and other statues will completely surround visitors in spiritual history. At night, traditional Japanese music will be played at three different times in the front gardens. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the temple will offer a Premium Plan, allowing interested guests to enter the grounds 30 minutes before general admission starts. (This will require reservations made on the official website.) This will also include a guided tour!
How would you like to experience this piece of Japanese history while surrounded by unforgettable autumn foliage?
Special Autumn Viewing
Kudodani Temple, Kyoto – The Head Temple of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism
Address: 121 Kurodanicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Night Viewing Details: https://www.kurodani.jp/lightup/
Day Viewing Details: https://www.kurodani.jp/sp_daytime/
Running: November 12 – December 5, 2021
Hours: 10:00-16:30 (Final Admission at 16:00)
Special Viewing Areas: Mikado, Daihojo, the Gardens, two locations at the main gate
Running: November 12 – December 5, 2021
Hours: 17:30-20:30 (Final Admission at 20:00)
Live traditional Japanese music will be performed in the garden located in front of the Main Hall at 17:45, 18:30, and 19:15
‘Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe’ Reveals Limited Autumn Dessert Menu
The ‘Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe’ has announced that between October 1 and October 31 2021, customers can enjoy a limited edition Autumnal sweets menu. This year their menu includes the Jersey milk ‘Japanese Chestnut Mont Blanc Parfait from Kyushu’ and the ‘Shine Grape Fruit Sandwich.’ There will also be two special additions to the menu to celebrate the 96th Azuma Odori.
Japanese Chestnut Mont Blanc Parfait from Kyushu using Jersey Milk: ¥2,500 (Tax Incl.)
Strawberry Parfait using “Koihime” strawberries from Nagano’s Hatake Kobo: ¥2,100 (Tax Incl.)
Weekday / Limited Quantity Products
Shiseido Parlour Story: ¥2,600 (Tax Incl.) (Drink Incl.)
Shine Grape Fruit Sandwich with grapes from Iizuka Orchard: ¥1,700 (Tax Incl.)
Shinbashi Color Ice Cream Soda: ¥1,150 (Tax Incl.)
The Japanese Chestnut Mont Blanc Parfait is made using Jersey milk ice cream, chestnut cream, and fresh cream, along with the “Koihime” Fruit Sandwich, made using Kashu “Koihime” Strawberries are available on both the regular and limited Shiseido Parlour Ginza menus. Meanwhile, the luxurious Shiseido Parlour Story and the seasonal Shine Grape Fruit Sandwich, filled with various Autumnal fruits and centred around the grape, are only served on weekdays and holidays in limited quantities.
In the late Meiji Era, Shinbashi geisha were often seen wearing blue and green kimonos, with the color combination being coined Shinbashiiro (Shinbashi Color.) The elegant and retro Shinbashi Color Ice Cream Soda recreates the iconic look using green apple syrup, lemon, and ginger ale, topped with a traditional vanilla ice cream.
Immerse yourself in the season with a feast of Fall sweets in Ginza.
Shiseido Parlour Ginza Salon de Cafe
Address: Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 3F, 8-8-3, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 ~ 21:00 (L.O. 20:30)
Sunday, public holidays: 11:00 ~ 20:00 (L.O.19:30)
Closures: Mondays (excluding public holidays), New Year
Yojiya Hosts Very First ‘Yuzu Fair’ Combining Cosmetics Stores with Cafes
Yojiya will be hosting the very first Yuzu Fair, an event combining cosmetics stores and cafes, on October 9 2021. Limited edition Yuzu oil-blotting paper and handmade Yuzu hand creams will be available at the beauty stores, while the cafes are full of tasty drinks and sweets. You can discover the charms of Yuzu at each Yojiya store!
Makeup & Miscellaneous Goods’ Store Products
Yuzu Oil-blotting Paper
Yuzu Hand Cream
Yojiya Hand Cream Set
Yuzu Bath Oil
Yuzu Cheese Daifuku
Yuzu & Chocolate Shake
Tea Crepe – Yuzu Tea
Twitter Campaign Bonus: The first 500 people to enter will receive a special Yojiya Yuzu logo sticker.
In 2020, due to the Covid crisis, Yojiya had to make the tough decision to cancel their annual Yuzu series. While the customers were disappointed, Yojiya was convinced that in Autumn 2021, they would be able to welcome their customers into their stores once more for a care-free experience. The event took a year to organize, but has become something even more powerful than the regular Yuzu series.
The cosmetics store staff and cafe staff joined together into one team to create the projects, which has the theme of “Yuzu at Yojiya ~ Enjoy Beauty and Food!~.” Not only can you find limited edition products at the fair, you can also partake in the various campaigns that Yojiya has announced in order to spread the Yuzu love, so be sure to check them out.
Fill your heart and stomach with Yuzu this Autumn at the Yojiya Yuzu Fair!
Yojiya “Yuzu Fair”
Date: October 9 2021
Online Shopping: https://www.yojiyacosme.com/
Official Site: https://www.yojiya.co.jp/
Yojiya Yuzu Fair Campaigns
- Twitter Retweet Campaign
The first 500 people to show that they have retweeted the campaign tweet on the Yojiya official Twitter (@yojiya1904) will receive a free Yojiya Yuzu logo sticker. *Only 500 stickers are available.
- Yellow Challenge
Those who wear yellow items to the fair and make a purchase can try their luck in a dice game. Players will receive small prizes depending on what number they roll.
- Stamp Rally
１．You will receive a stamp card with a ¥500 coupon upon purchasing select items in any of the event products at the Yojiya store or at their cafe and crepe stores.
２．Upon visiting both stores with your card and purchasing one or more items after receiving your card, you will receive a small prize. In addition, 10 lucky customers will receive a limited edition stainless steel bottle through a lottery.
Stamp Rally Duration: October 9 ~ November 30 2021
LOVOT Cafe Celebrates First Anniversary with Limited Time Desserts and Merch
The huggable next-generation pet robot LOVOT was first released one year ago, and to celebrate, some limited time merchandise and sweets are now on sale!
LOVOT LOVOT Anniversary Dessert Plate, available until October 31, 2021
Autumn Only! LOVOT LOVOT Chicken Plate with Mushroom Sauce, available until November 30, 2021
Coaster / Postcard / Clear Folder
LOVOT Cafe Original Coaster / LOVOT Cafe Original Smartphone Case
LOVOT Cafe Original Tote Bag / LOVOT Cafe Original T-Shirt (Unisex)
LOVOT Cafe Original Case / LOVOT Cafe Original Handtowel
LOVOT Cafe Original Ballpen with Charm / LOVOT Cafe Original Mug
LOVOT Cafe Original American-style Cookie / LOVOT Cafe Original Natural Plate
LOVOT Cafe Original Pin
Featured in the special Dessert Plate is a loveable cake with LOVOT’s face, along with mini rolls, mini cupcakes, and vanilla ice cream with fruit on top. The LOVOT cake is made with milk chocolate and coffee mousse, along with chocolate streusel for a more mature flavor that isn’t overly sweet. Those who visit the store on or after October 1 will receive a limited-edition novelty drawing while supplies last. Coasters and postcards will also be given away on a first-come, first-served basis from October 1 until October 15, while clear folders will be gifted on or after October 16.
The goods for this collection are based on the theme of ‘LOVE is here,’ so please look forward to these sweet collectibles and many more years of LOVOT!
Address: LAZONA Kawasaki Plaza 2F (72-1 Horikawa-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
Hours: 10:00-20:00 M-F / 10:00-21:00 Weekends and Holidays (Last Seating at 19:00)
Official Site: https://lovot.life/