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.
/ Short ¥400 / Tall ¥440 / Grande ¥480 / Venti® ¥520
Starbuck’s Matcha Latte is a hot drink of foamy milk and rich matcha green tea. By placing less of an emphasis on sweetness, this drink is able to capture the beautifully rich flavors and aromas of matcha green tea to a T. The mild bitterness of the matcha pairs perfectly with the sweet creaminess of the milk, providing a well-rounded texture and mouthfeel.
If you’re looking just to relax and gaze out at the beautiful greenery of the outside Japanese garden, then why not pick yourself up a matcha latte and warm your body and soul while you’re at it.
/ Tall ¥490 / Grande ¥530 / Venti ¥570
While Starbucks’ Frappuccino® have become a worldwide phenomenon, the addition of matcha takes the drink to a whole other level. The texture and refreshing coolness of the crushed ice goes perfectly with the aroma of matcha green tea.
Additionally, the whipped cream topping, that gradually melts as you drink, becomes the perfectly mellow peacemaker to all this. As this Matcha Frappuccino is quite sweet and lacks any bitterness from the matcha, it can be a great choice for kids.
(Right to left) Kyoto mug 355 ml, You Are Here Collection – JAPAN 414 ml Mug, You Are Here Collection – Japan 59 ml Mug
/ (Right to left) 355 ml: ¥1,800 / 414 ml: ¥1,800 / 59ml: ¥1200
The 355 ml Kyoto mug pictured on the right is a Kyoto prefecture exclusive and belongs to the limited Japan Geography Series of goods.
Whereas the You Are Here Collection – Japan mugs pictured on left are exclusive to all of Japan. The Kyoto mug features cute illustrations of various symbols of Kyoto, including a young maiko, a Gion festival float and couples plotted along the banks of the Kamogawa River. The designs of the Japan-exclusive goods change seasonally to feature things such as spring’s cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.
Next time you’re at a Starbucks in Kyoto, definitely give their goods a look too.
(Right) Starbucks VIA® Tea Essence Matcha, (left) Starbucks VIA® Coffee & Tea Set (pack of 3)
/ Right: (5 × 17g packets) ¥650 / Left: ¥420
The Starbucks VIA® Tea Essence Matcha gives you the delicious flavors of Starbuck’s matcha latte all in the comfort of your own home; all you need to do is just add milk. These packets are light and easy to carry, so they won’t get in the way if you pick them up as souvenirs.
Starbucks VIA® Coffee & Tea Set contains matcha as well as caramel and mocha flavors. This set is perfect for those who want to try a little of everything.
We’re sure that no matter what you choose, when you pour the packets into your cup at home, you’ll be brought back to your time traveling Kyoto and visiting Uji.