According to The Asahi Shimbun, take off your shoes, cosy up on a tatami-floored room and drink in the iconic atmosphere of this ancient capital ... with a cup of coffee at a new Japanese-style Starbucks.
Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd., the Japanese arm of U.S.-based Starbucks Corp., is "going traditional" in Higashiyama Ward on June 30.
The outlet, the first of its kind in Japan, is located along Nineizaka, a slope leading to the popular tourist destination of Kiyomizudera temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A two-story wooden house of 270 square meters that was built more than 100 years ago and equipped with three tatami rooms is the new venue. It also provides ordinary table seats for non-traditionalists who don't want to sit on the "floor," and, of course, offers free Wi-Fi.
It's difficult to miss the outlet as the traditional deep blue curtain hanging at the entrance features the Seattle chain's not-quite-so-ancient mermaid logo.
Lines in front of the store are banned to give full consideration to the environment around the cafe.
Business hours are usually from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. but on the first day of June 30 it will open at 1 p.m.
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