Japan Is Getting Yet Another Cool Starbucks

Does Japan have a monopoly on cool Starbucks? It can seem that way. Later this year, the country is getting yet another neat-looking one.

But first, let’s review!

Fukuoka already has this cool one.

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A very nice Starbucks in Hirosaki.

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And check out this Starbucks in Hiroshima. 

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And in Kamakura.

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A Starbucks in a historic Kobe building.

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Kobe Port.

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This Kyoto one is lovely.

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Toyama.

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And in December, a new Starbucks is opening in an old building: Dogo Onsen Station. Located in Matsuyama, the building is a reconstruction of the original station built in 1911. It’s a prime example of the Western style buildings that went up during the Meiji Period

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[Image: Toshoken]

Via Toshoken, here is what the building looks like before it’s turned into a Starbucks. (You can see concept art for the finished coffee shop in the top photo.) 

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And here’s how the inside will look.

Hopefully, the ghost people won’t be there when this Starbucks opens on December 22. 

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.