Cafe / Coffee Shop Spots in Japan

  • The Biwako Terrace – THE MAIN Terrace Café
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Kido 1547 - 1 Biwako Valley
    The Biwako Terrace is an observation terrace located within the Biwako Valley nature resort, around five minutes' drive from the Shiga Interchange of the Nishi Otsu Bypass (Kosei Road), from which visitors can enjoy superb views of Lake Biwa. The terrace is situated around 10 minutes' walk from the ropeway summit station, on the summit of the 1,174 meter-high Mt. Horai. The terrace features an open, spacious design that makes use of large arches; visitors can enjoy a spectacular panorama, with views of Lake Biwa, the Ibuki Mountains, and even as far as Hira Mountains. Beverages and snacks are available from Cafe 360. Premium seats are available (for an additional charge). The terrace is open between April and October each year.
  • Pokémon Center Tokyo DX & Pokémon Cafe
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuo-ku Nihonbashi 2-11-2 Nihonbashi Izumi-chuo SC Higashidate 5F
  • Fuglen Tokyo
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Tomigaya 1-16-11
    The very first overseas location of this popular coffee shop from the coffee-loving nation of Norway. Located close to Yoyogi Park in the Tomigaya area of Shibuya City, Tokyo, the shop serves light roasted Norwegian style coffee distinguished by its fruity aroma. Located inside a remodeled home, the shop’s many international regulars like to relax in the shop’s European-style interior. At night, the café also operates as a bar serving ales and cocktails.

    Fuglen is a laidback coffeehouse / bar that is equally cool in the AM as well as the PM. All things served have an excellent quality and the location in the quieter part of Shibuya is simply great to...

  • Gundam Cafe (Diver City Tokyo Plaza Shop)
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    3.5
    77 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Koto-ku Aomi 1-1-10 Diver City Tokyo Plaza 2F
    A five-minute walk from Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line. This cafe, themed after the popular comic book and animated sci-fi property Mobile Suit Gundam, is located on the second floor of DiverCity Tokyo Plaza. Gundam fans can enjoy a cup of coffee, made with beans from the fictional South American region of Jaburo, along with the Gundam-themed atmosphere. In addition to beverages, the cafe's menu is filled with food choices sure to thrill any Gundam fan, such as the Gunpla-yaki - a taiyaki-style dessert created in the shape of a Gundam mech. The cafe also offers special limited-time dishes and products as well as an abundant selection of merchandise.

    This place sells lots of Gundam merchandise with very minimal food - hence I would Hardly call it a cafe Prices are very high - we got a few t shirts, pens and a Gundam toy and walked out 20,000 yen...

  • Coffee Don
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    4.5
    420 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Honmachi 2-52
    This long-standing coffee shop was founded in 1951.The shop's interior is well maintained and has a homey, old fashioned atmosphere. They carefully brew their drip coffee cup-by-cup as they always have, in the style of their founder. Most of the sweets available to go with their coffee are homemade, including custard, hojicha pudding, and cream puffs. Their cheesecake has been popular since they first opened.

    Enjoyed my time at Coffee Don! Staff were very friendly and they served great coffee and cheesecake. Loved the interiors as well - its a small cafe with soft jazz music playing in the...

  • Kameju
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    4.0
    219 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Kaminarimon 2-18-11
    A traditional Japanese confection shop located kitty-corner from the Kaminarimon gate in Asakusa. This long-standing shop boasts 90 years of history at its current location. Featured in all manner of media, Kameju is famous for the unending lines which form at its door each day. Particularly popular are the shop’s dorayaki – soft and moist sweet red bean paste made with adzuki beans from Tokachi sandwiched between two fluffy, pancake-like dough saucers. Larger than the average dorayaki, the shop offers a white and a black bean paste variety. Popular as souvenirs and gifts, they often sell out.

    We arrived by walk in Asakusa from Ginza, and I has saved this place on my map, so we decided like good hobbits to have a second breakfast at Kameju. We saw a big queue, but my girlfriend said that...

  • Tenpyoan (Todai-ji Temple Branch)
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    4.5
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 16 Todaiji Temple Yumeikaze Hiroba
    This is a Japanese confectionary store in the Yume-Kaze Plaza in front of the gate of the Todai-ji Temple in Kasugano Town, Nara City. The store makes sweets from locally grown ingredients such as Japanese Yamato-imo yam and Yoshino-kuzu arrowroot. A popular item is the Japanese hotcake sweet bean paste sandwich called Yamato sanzan dorayaki. They are made freshly daily with red beans, and flour and eggs from a Tokachi farm. There is also a cafe on the second floor where customers can enjoy sweets and Miwa Somen noodles.

    I was looking for something sweet on my way out from Nara Park, and this shop looked really nice! I bought a small strawberry daifuku and a matcha cake with white chocolate cream filling. Let me tell...

  • Cafe Curcuma
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    4.0
    373 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Okinawa Nanjo Chinen Chinen 1190
    An Asian herb restaurant located in Kurukuma no Mori located close to Chinen Castle Ruins in Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture. Inside the cottage style restaurant, healing Asian music plays, and customers can enjoy a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean along with original curries featuring toppings like Okinawa Agu pork sausage, and spicy Thai style green curry. There are also Asian style spring rolls, tom yum goong, and other Asian dishes, plus original meals like garden salads made with grilled pork skewers and fresh herbs.

    Pitched on a high hill, the restaurant sells pricey Thai food with a fantastic view. If you are dining in, you have to sit indoors. Come just for the drinks and you get to sit on the veranda...

  • Ivorish Shibuya
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Udagawachou 3-3B1F
    A French toast restaurant from Fukuoka located in the Udagawa-cho area of Shibuya City, Tokyo. The keys to the shop's delicious toast are the special bread that was developed by Ivorish over a half year period and the appareil made with a careful balance of eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla essence. Served fresh from the pan and redolent with maple syrup, the shop's French toast is crisp on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. Ivorish also offers season- and location-specific menu items topped with seasonal fruit and ice cream. The bare brick and warm wood interior of the restaurant creates a comfortable, natural atmosphere. Takeout available.

    I discovered this place on a previous visit to Tokyo and its been on my must visit list ever since. The French toast is to die for (both sweet and savory) abd their menu changes very regularly so...

  • Moomin Bakery and Cafe (Tokyo Dome City LaQua Shop)
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    4.0
    156 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kasuga 1-1-1 Tokyo Dome City LaQua 1F
    A bakery and cafe located on the first floor of Tokyo Dome City LaQua themed after the Finnish Moomins children's book series. Fans of the series are sure to enjoy the bakery, cafe, and merchandise shop. The cafe has a bright and comfortable Finnish atmosphere, and Moomin plush toys are scattered here and there. The cafe and bakery serve dishes themed after the Moomins characters, Northern European home cooking, and breads from the Moomins' homeland of Finland. Soup and bread are all-you-can-eat during lunch.

    So much fun visiting this caffe. I really enjoyed this place with magical atmosphere that took me back to my childhood. Plus really good coffee and food, ofcourse everything with moomin ❤ Lovely...

  • Ippodo Tea (Kyoto flagship shop)
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    4.5
    76 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi-dori Nijo Le Ru
    A venerable Japanese tea specialty shop founded in 1717 facing Teramach-dori Street in Kyoto City. The shop mainly carries renowned Kyoto teas characterized by a delicate fragrance, refined sweetness, and mild flavor. From teas which require a whisk and teapot to teabags, the shop carries a wide array of products, and customers can taste before they buy. The shop also provides a takeout service, making it the perfect place to stop by while strolling along Teramachi-dori Street of the Kamo River on a sunny day. You can also enjoy making your own tea in the adjoining Kaboku tea room.

    For tea lovers this is the place to go. You can experience a wide range of excellent teas and have them prepared in traditional styles. Their staff is very gracious and friendly. You can sit in or...

  • SKYTREE CAFE
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Sumida-ku Oshiage 1-1-2
    There are two cafes on the Tembo Deck. SKYTREE CAFE 340 on floor 340 has table seating where you can enjoy the spectacular view with your meal. Don't miss the Tokyo Sky Tree mascot Sorakara-chan's parfait and Teppenpen Sundae. There are also standing tables at the SKYTREE CAFE 350 on floor 350 where you can try their special Sky Tree dessert vinegar drink made with fresh milk.
  • Kiyosato Terrace
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Oizumichounishide 8240-1 Kiyosato San Medozu
    This scenic terrace is located at the peak of Sun Meadows Kiyosato, the highest place in the Kiyosato area. The amazing views that it offers from an altitude of 1,900 meters are truly exhilarating. The terrace's luxurious and spacious sofas and tables makes their cafe's parfaits, gelatos, freshly-made coffee, and smoothies even more delicious.
  • Sarabeth’s Tokyo
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    3.5
    119 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Marunouchi 1-8-2 Steel Building South Building 2.3F
    This famous cafe restaurant from New York praised as the “Queen of New York Breakfast” is in Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo. You can enjoy the taste of breakfasts such as French toast and lemon ricotta pancake that celebrities all over the world love, while in Japan. The café located in the Tokyo business district offers a takeout menu for office workers. American-style sandwiches and salads are also popular.

    This restaurant is popular and a long queue forms very quickly. Menu is extensive and good value for money. We skipped the suggested french toast with chocolate topping. It was simply too rich for...

  • Shiseido Parlour Salon de Café Ginza Honten
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    4.5
    95 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 8-8-3 Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building 3F
    This is a long-standing sweets parlour that has inherited the tradition of the Soda Fountain founded inside the Shiseido Pharmacy in 1902. The shop offers a variety of sweets that range from the original menu since the time of its founding to modern desserts and parfait using seasonal fruits. The light meal with items such as French toast is also popular. The gorgeous interior is reminiscent of the Meiji period, making this a great spot to enjoy an elegant tea time. The closest stations are Shimbashi Station and Ginza Station.

    You eat with your eyes before your mouth. Every time we are in Ginza, we will have our tea break here. Always a need to wait15-30 min for table Beautifully presented quality cakes and likes...

  • Gundam Cafe (Akihabara Shop)
    Shopping
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandahanaokachou 1-1
    A cafe modeled after the world of the hit giant robot anime series Mobile Suit Gundam. The Jaburo coffee was created for Gundam fans wanting to try the coffee made at Jaburo, the home base of the Earth Federation in the Gundam universe. The Gundam mecha-themed curry and food names riffing off of popular episode titles and character lines are sure to tickle the hearts of Gundam lovers. The cafe also sells merchandise such as Gundam-themed Kutani ware, an amusing soy sauce bottle modeled after M'Quve's vase, shirts, and much more.
  • Pacific DRIVE-IN
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    3.5
    101 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Shichirigahamahigashi 2-1-12
    This is a drive-in-café located on the seaward side of highway 134, in the middle of the Shichirigahama beachfront parking lot. From the terrace seats and inside, one can see Enoshima and Mt. Fuji. Opening at 8am on weekends and holidays, one can enjoy a relaxed breakfast like a true Hawaiian local. The menu features local specialties focused around Hawaiian plate cuisine, such as Kahuku’s famous “garlic shrimp plate,” with takeout also available.

    Went for late lunch - husband had loco moco, I had the chicken plate both disappointing. Last year we went for brunch and had coffee and scones which we remembered as being very good hence the...

  • NORTHSHORE
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    4.0
    94 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Kitahama 1-1-28 Burma Building 1 / 2F
    A café and restaurant located in Osaka City’s Chuo Ward serving healthy dishes made with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. The restaurant’s colorful lunch options, served piled high on wooden plates, resemble veritable vegetable gardens. The restaurant also offers a variety of main dishes, including salmon, shrimp, and meat dishes. The restaurant’s hearty sandwiches are also popular. For breakfast and lunch, the restaurant serves pancakes piled high with fruit as well as omelets. The shop’s large windows give it a bright, airy feel. Diners can also enjoy a relaxing meal from the tables on the restaurant’s terrace. Takeout available.

    What I loved most about this cafe, is that it overlooks the canal and park. Food was great, though a little pricey. Overall, awesome vibes and service!

  • Peanuts Cafe
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Meguro-ku Aobadai 2-16-7
    A café based on the famous Peanuts comic strip featuring Snoopy, located along the Meguro River in the Aobadai area of Meguro City, Tokyo. The café has a natural, West Coast style, an area closely connected to the peanuts. The café is divided into the roomy and playful first floor and a second floor which resembles the hideaway of a fervent collector. In addition to snacks and sweets themed after characters from the comic, the café also has a full dinner menu. The café has gained popularity as a place a mature adult can visit regularly. Reservations are only accepted over the Internet.

    This is an amazing place for someone who is a true Snoopy fan. It’s a tiny spot, you are recommended (or required, I don’t remember), to make reservations. Easily done online. 1st floor has a...

  • YOU
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    4.0
    80 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 4-13-17 Takano Building 1F
    A cafe located behind the Kabuki-za (theatre) in Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo. In addition to coffee and other drinks, the shop YOU serves cafe standards such as Napolitan spaghetti, curry, and sandwiches. The cafe's omelet rice, in particular, has become its signature dish-sometimes lines of people will form out the door waiting just to enjoy the ketchup rice and perfectly half-cooked, fluffy omelet, still runny on the inside, served on top. The cafe's food dishes are also available for takeout.

    We really liked the food here. It’s very simple but delicious. The place is very small and unfortunately they allow smoking but luckily we were near the aircon so didn’t feel it as much.

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