Tatami (straw-matted flooring), cherry blossoms and tangible cultural properties. Six Japanese-style Starbucks.
Starbucks is a franchise coffee shop which everybody knows. In this article, I will introduce to you some Japanese-style Starbucks in Japan.
Hirosaki Park store (Aomori)
Hirosaki Park store is in front of Hirosaki Park which is known as one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in Japan and is a tangible cultural property. The half-Japanese, half-Western style building of the store is made of wood and was created as the residence of the land service’s division commander in 917.
The Japanese-style room which has a good view of the garden, is both modern and comfortable, using traditional crafts of Hirosaki and local materials for the interior. There is a space where photos of the building are exhibited so that customers can enjoy drinking coffee while feeling the sense of history.
Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Chaya Store (Kyoto)
This was the first Starbucks in Japan to have a “noren” (store curtain) on its entrance and you can enjoy coffee while sitting on tatami flooring. The building being used for this Starbucks is a two-storey traditional Japanese house with a history spanning over 100 years. The first floor takes advantage of the building’s shape and recreates the experience of walking through a ‘tori-niwa’ (garden pictured above), and a hallway with an earthen floor leading from the entrance to the back of the house. There are 3 tatami rooms on the second floor where you take your shoes off so, you can relax and feel at home.
Izumo Taisha Store (Shimane)
This store is located in front of “Seidamari no Otorii (shrine gate)” of Izumo Taisha. An “engawa” (Japanese balcony) style bench-seat is installed near the entrance and seats are installed on the second floor where you can view Izumo Taisha.
The store was designed based on the concept of mixing Japanese-style (Izumo Taisha) and Western-style (Starbucks) features.