Do You Know Where to Find the 2 Newest Unconventional Starbucks Stores in Japan?

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  • Japan is known for its many Starbucks Coffee stores that are out of the ordinary and very Japanesque. There is one located near Dazaifu Tenmangu in Fukuoka that features kigumi woodwork, one on Ninenzaka in Kyoto with tatami rooms, and many more spread across the country. Now, Starbucks Coffee Japan is about to open two more stores where guests can experience both the charms of local traditional culture and modernity. Check out these new Starbucks Japan locations!

    1. Starbucks Coffee Itsukushima Omotesando Store

    The first new Starbucks store in Japan can be found in Miyajima (宮島), Hiroshima. Miyajima is popularly known as the “Island of the Gods” and is one of the “Three Most Scenic Spots in Japan.” It is also home to Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社), a shrine with a 1,400-year history and is a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site. The shrine is easily identified by its bright red torii gate that stands in the sea, giving the image as if it is floating.

    To reach the new Starbucks Coffee store in Miyajima, you need to take a boat ride. Located specifically within the Omotesando Shopping District, the store is in the proximity of Itsukushima Shrine. It will share the same building with Miyajima Brewery which produces craft beer.

    The interior of the Itsukushima Omotesando Store features bar counters, tables, and chairs made primarily of wood reminiscent of the traditional crafts of Miyajima. The store has two levels – after ordering your coffee on the ground level, proceed to the second level which is enclosed by glass panels. This allows you to enjoy an overlooking view of the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海). You can stay in the air-conditioned area of the store or the balcony.

    The opening of the Itsukushima Omotesando Store is on November 22, 2017. Regular business hours are from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM and the store’s seating capacity is 40.

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    2. Starbucks Coffee Dogo Onsen Station Building Store

    The second new Starbucks store in Japan can be found at Dogo Onsen, which is considered one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. The Dogo Onsen Honkan is known as the inspiration behind the bathhouse featured in Hayao Miyazaki’s film, Spirited Away. Dogo Onsen is located in Matsuyama (松山市), the capital city of Ehime Prefecture and the largest city in Shikoku. Aside from Dogo Onsen, Matsuyama Castle is another popular destination in the area, especially in springtime when cherry blossoms are in bloom.

    Go retro at this Starbucks Coffee at the Dogo Onsen Station! This station is your gateway to Dogo Onsen and a terminal station on the Iyotetsu Jonan Line. Restored to commemorate its 130th Founding Anniversary, the building is an embodiment of Meiji era architecture. The station is also associated with the Botchan diesel-powered train modeled after its steam locomotive predecessor featured in Natsume Soseki’s novel, “Botchan.”

    This Starbucks store creates an atmosphere of railroad travel. After placing your order at the bar counter on the ground level, proceed to the second level for the seating area. Tables and chairs are made from wood and iron taken from old sleeper trains. Windows are also fashioned in a similar way as that of sleeper train windows.

    The opening of the Dogo Onsen Station Building Store is on December 22, 2017. Regular business hours are from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM and the store’s seating capacity is 53, including an eight-seater table on the second level.

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    Start your day, or relax in between your hectic schedule, with a cup of Starbucks coffee. Get them at these new Starbucks stores in Japan with a locally distinct atmosphere!

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