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World’s First Starbucks with Tatami Rooms is in Kyoto

Japan’s traditional city of Kyoto has a lot of things to offer, from beautiful view to historic sites. Now, it has one more things that will make you want to come to Kyoto: Starbucks coffee shop with tatami rooms.

Opened in the end of June 2017, this starbucks is built in a two-story Japanese home. The building is built more than 100 years ago and it is previously hosted traditional entertainers such as geisha. The shop is located near the famous tourist attraction, Kiyomizu temple and will face Ninenzaka, one of the popular streets near Kiyomizu with a lot of traditional shops.

In the second floor, there are three rooms with tatami that is traditionally used as a floor covering in Japanese homes. The customers will be asked to remove their shoes and sit on cushions. There are gardens in the front, back and center with tsukubai, or stone water basins.

The traditional architecture of this building will make you think that it is a usual building, but you will not be lost if you see the Starbucks logo.

Starbucks Coffee Japan will restrict visitor numbers during peak hours and not allow people to form lines in from of the shop to avoid disrupting the quite atmosphere in the area.

(All photos by Starbucks Japan)

 

 

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