A Quick Guide on How to Customize Your Starbucks Beverage in Japan

A Quick Guide on How to Customize Your Starbucks Beverage in Japan

Starbucks might be the largest coffee shop chain in the world, and Japan is no exception. Starbucks is huge here. If you are in one of Japan’s larger cities, you are probably just a stone’s throw from one. And because most Starbucks have free Wi-Fi, it is a great place to check your email, do some work, look up information, or just watch a little YouTube. I often write most of my articles in a Starbucks near my office.


But I know many people who are quite particular about their beverages and who like to customize their order. Or others might have specific food allergies and need to adjust their orders to meet their specific needs. Whatever your situation is, Starbucks has a wide range of customization options available. However, being that most of the staff have limited English abilities, you will need some of these phrases to help you get by.


Words and Phrases for Customizing Your Order

Special thanks to Ashley at Surviving in Japan for doing a lot of the translation.

English Kanji Kana Romaji
Soy milk ソイ soi
Soy milk 豆乳 とうにゅう tounyuu
Low-fat milk* (dairy) 低脂肪乳 ていしぼうにゅう teishibounyuu
Fat-free/skim milk* (dairy) 無脂肪乳 むしぼうにゅう mushibounyuu
Whip cream ホイップクリーム hoippu kuriimu
Foamed milk フォームミルク fo-mu miruku
Extra hot 温度熱め おんど あつめ ondo atsume
Extra hot エクストラホット ekusutora hotto
Shots, Syrups, and Sauces
English Kanji Kana Romaji
Extra espresso shot エスプレッソショットの追加 esupuresso shotto no tsuika
Syrup シロップ shiroppu
Vanilla バニラ banira
Caramel キャラメル kyarameru
Hazelnut ヘーゼルナッツ he-zerunattsu
Almond アーモンド a-mondo
Mocha モカ moka
White mocha ホワイトモカ howaito moka
Chai チャイ chai
Chocolate sauce チョコレートソース chocore-to so-su
Caramel sauce キャラメルソース kyarameru so-su
Chocolate chip チョコレートチップ chokore-to chippu

Most of these customizations cost an additional 50 yen or so. Furthermore, you can save a little bit of money by bringing your own coffee mug and having them fill it instead of their disposable cups – this will save you 20 yen.

Drink and Be Merry!


When you are visiting Japan, Starbucks is a great place to take a rest and they have many menu items that are only available in Japan. Use these words and enjoy a relaxing time!

Starbucks Coffee Japan’s Website

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