Japan Loves Coffee!
Coffee in Japan never stops evolving. From drip coffee available at various convenience stores to carefully made specialty coffee, you can enjoy various kinds of delicious coffee all over Japan.
In this article, an att.JAPAN editorial member who loves coffee will introduce you to recommended cafés at various locations and coffee-related items which are perfect for souvenirs.
Specialty coffeeMaruyama Coffee (Nagano Prefecture)
It has become part of the established culture of coffee where a cup of “specialty coffee” is created through complete management from the place of production to quality control. Maruyama Coffee is said to be one of the cafés which contributed to the establishment of the culture. The owner travels all around the world to buy coffee beans directly from the producers to serve home-brewed cups of coffee.
Located in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, one of the most popular summer resorts in Japan, the main shop is decorated with a fireplace and wooden furniture, offering a warm and tranquil atmosphere for enjoying a cup of coffee.
Maruyama Coffee, Karuizawa Main Shop
Business hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Closed: Tuesdays (if it is on holiday Tuesday, it will be open)
1154-10 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-cho, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano
Nearest station: JR Karuizawa Station
There are also 5 branches in Nagano Prefecture, including Harunire Terrace branch in Hoshino Resort and Komoro branch. In Tokyo, there is Nishiazabu branch near Roppongi Hills.
coffee beans ROCOCO (Nara Prefecture)
Located near Nara Park, which is famous for wild deer, this specialty café sells a wide variety of coffee beans and drip packs. With its original café-au-lait concentrate, you can recreate the authentic taste of café au lait by simply mixing it with some milk at home. The package has a drawing of a deer! It will make a perfect souvenir!
Business hours: 8:00 – 20:00 (8:00 – 18:00 on Tuesdays)
Yoshimura Bldg. 1F, Nishimikadocho 31, Nara City, Nara Prefecture
Nearest station: Kintetsu Nara Station
Latte artReissue (Tokyo)
Café Reissue will create your original latte art upon request. Just bring an image on your smartphone or other media of what you want to be drawn on your latte and show it to the staff. Anything is okay, from amine characters to portraits. Post a photo of your original latte art on SNS and entertain your friends.
3D latte art is recommended! It is too cute to be drunk!
Business hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Tanji Bldg 2F, 3-25-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest station: JR Harajuku Station, Tokyo Metro Meiji-jingumae Station
Coffee-related itemsMt. Fuji dripper (Shizuoka Prefecture)
If you like making coffee at home, you may want to check out the Mt. Fuji dripper. It is a conical dripper shaped like Mount Fuji created by hand by a Japan’s craftsman with a wire.
It is available at IFNi COFFEE STORE in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture. You can see the real Mount Fuji from Sumpujo Park in the same area.
Business hours: 12:00 – 18:00
125 Suidocho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Nearest station: JR Shizuoka Station
&DORA, dora-yaki which was born to be together with coffee
If you are a coffee lover, you may want to try “&DORA,” which was created specifically for coffee.
You can enjoy it at a café in Harajuku, “niko and … COFFEE” with its original coffee.
Business hours: 11:00 – 22:00
1F and 2F, 6-12-20 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, inside “niko and … TOKYO” store
Nearest station: Tokyo Metro Meiji-jingumae Station
Coffee town: Kiyosumi-shirakawa in TokyoKiyosumi-shirakawa area has many cafés and coffee brewers. The first branch of Blue Bottle Coffee is also in this area. The reason why the area attracts so many cafés is said to be that many old lumber storage places in the area are perfect for coffee breweries in terms of their high ceilings.
The area also has Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Kiyosumi Garden. Enjoy your coffee as well as art and culture in a relaxing atmosphere of the old part of Tokyo.
*The information herein is as of November 2016.