Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd is upping the ante for coffee in the nation with a long history of tea ceremonies.
On June 30, it will open a Starbucks in the historic city of Kyoto. But this outlet is not just for your regular grab-and-go cup of joe. It will be located in a two-storey Japanese house, with tatami rooms. The building, which is more than 100 years old, previously hosted traditional entertainers such as geisha, The Japan Times reported on Wednesday (June 28).
Three rooms on its upper floor will be covered with tatami, a type of Japanese straw matting that is traditionally used as a floor covering in Japanese homes.
The Asahi Shimbun reported that the outlet's entrance will also be covered with a noren, a "traditional, deep blue curtain" which will feature Starbuck's trademark mermaid logo.
The store will open from 8am to 8pm on most days.
In order to preserve the area's quiet atmosphere, the number of customers during peak hours will be restricted. Customers will also not be allowed to queue in front of the shop.
Nearby landmarks include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kiyomizu temple, as well as Ninenzaka street, which is lined with traditional shops.