The first world Starbucks designed with tatami flooring and noren curtains is located along the historic Ninenzaka, Kyoto. Kyoto is a city of close to 1.5million people. It’s famous for its numerous temples and gardens. Therefore, Starbucks Company picks Kyoto to open a very unique Starbucks. The Starbucks Kyoto Ninenzakais near the Kiyomizu Temple, which is one of 17 UNESCO World Heritage site of Kyoto. Finally, the store has opened in June 30, 2017.
The Starbucks was built over 100 years ago and is housed in traditional 2 floor machiya. Entrance of the store has hung an indigo colour noren (traditional curtain that hung in front of doorways) with the company logo that match the facade of this historical building (photo 2). When you pass through the noren and keep walking, you'll find paper lanterns decoration and an espresso bar counter at the back of the store (photo 3). A light guides you to the inner garden. This is first floor of the store.
The second floor will feature three tatami rooms, where customers will have to take off their shoes before entering the room and sit on tatami mats with zabuton cushions covered with locally made silk (Photo 4). You can enjoy your coffee on tatami only in Starbucks Kyoto Ninenzaka. You can see every effort has been taken to retain the charm of the historic structure.
Nowadays, Starbucks Kyoto Ninenzaka is going to become well-known landmark in Kyoto. So, why not you check-in to this store when you visit Kyoto. Sipping a cup of coffee while enjoying breathtaking architecture.