Starbucks Coffee Uji – a fusion of tradition and nature at the foot of Byodo-in Temple.
Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Uji Byodo-in Omote Sando sits on the road leading to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Byodo-in Temple.
Even among the plethora of Starbucks in Kyoto, this store manages to stand out from the rest.
In Japan, Starbucks, such as the one in Uji, which are located in highly symbolic locations and encompass the history, traditional crafts, culture and products of their localities are known as "Starbucks Regional Landmark Stores."
Being one these "Regional Landmark Stores," the Byodo-in Omote Sando Starbucks is packed with Kyoto-esque aspects that help it blend into the surrounding aesthetic of Japan's ancient capital, from a traditional Japanese gabbled roof to a majestic single Japanese pine tree and beautifully tended garden.
Furthermore, the receding design of the elongated building apparently represents Kyoto's tradition of reservedness and elegance.
Purposefully using low furniture, nearly all seats at this Starbucks provide views of the store's beautiful surroundings. While it may go without saying that the interior is warm and welcoming, there are also plenty of bench seats placed outside the store, too, allowing you to relax with your coffee and get some fresh air while you're at it.
While Starbucks is known all around the world, it's precisely this fact that allows them to be able to tap into and showcase the individualities of each specific store's region.
Next time you're visiting the Byodo-in Temple, do take the time to drop by this lovely Starbucks. Because we are sure you'll be surprised by what you find inside.