Starbucks Japan – Everything You Need to Know
Starbucks is big everywhere, but the uniqueness of Starbucks Japan puts it on a whole other level. Find out everything, with us.
With stores in 70 countries around the world, everyone knows Starbucks. Its success is a testament to the coffee, but just as important is the experience. Wherever you are, duck into a Starbucks and you feel right at home.
Japan is no exception to the Starbucks steamroller. Indeed, the chain has adapted well to the Japanese market, adding to the tried and tested Starbucks formula a dash of uniquely Japanese charm. Experiencing Starbucks in Japan, therefore, is a must for any connoisseur of the brand. But what exactly makes it so interesting? Let us tell you.
Starbucks Japan Menu
The bad news is that Starbucks in Japan works out at a whole lot more expensive than in the USA. The good news is that Starbucks Japan has tried to make up for it by bestowing upon the country’s coffee lovers an ever-changing menu of seasonal and Japan-specific menu items.
In addition to the special drinks, you’ll also find the old classics. To give you an idea of pricing, a standard short drip coffee comes up to be 280 yen, while tall, grande and venti are 320, 360 and 400 yen respectively. Also find teas, espresso, blended drinks, an array of juices as well as options such as soy milk, caramel and syrup which generally set you back an additional 50 yen. Find at the condiment bar sugar, cinnamon powder, coffee creamer and much more.
Enjoy a 20 yen discount if you bring your own tumbler, mug or cup.
For a much more extensive look at the Starbucks Japan menu, check out Starbucks’s Beverage Lineup page.
Starbucks Japan WiFi
If you’re unwilling to fork out for a pocket WiFi in Japan while on your travels, fear not, Starbucks Japan has you covered. A free WiFi service is offered at most Starbucks throughout the country, but to be sure, check out this site. To access the service, follow these simple steps:
1. Connect to at_STARBUCKS_Wi2 which should appear as an option.
2. After opening your browser, a login screen will appear.
4. A login completed screen will then be displayed.
5. Voila! You now have access to the world wide web.
Check out our free WiFi spots in Tokyo guide for more information.
Starbucks Japan Tumblers
In addition to exclusive seasonal beverages, Japanese Starbucks sell limited edition tumblers. The designs are often based on seasonal holidays, famous landmarks, Japanese culture and even airports. Some of our favourites below.
Tokyo Skytree Tumbler
2012 Valentine’s Day Tumbler
Some of these tumblers even glow once you’ve poured in your coffee! If you’re lucky, online retailers like Amazon and eBay might carry your favorite.
For Starbucks addicts, these tumblers make the perfect Japanese souvenir.
Starbucks Japan Mugs
If you’re not one for a tumbler, maybe a limited edition mug might suit? Especially popular is the “Japan Geography” series depicting each of the country’s 13 regions.
In addition to tumblers and mugs, Starbucks Japan also offer a wide range of merchandise such as coffee presses and espresso machines.
10 Starbucks Japan Fun Facts
1. The first branch opening in Tokyo’s Ginza in 1996 and now with 1039 across the nation, Japan is now Starbucks’s 4th largest market.
2. Sutaba (スタバ) – the Japanese for Starbucks.
3. Starbucks Shibuya Cross Tower is the busiest Starbucks in the world.
4. Each season, Starbucks Japan comes up with a plethora of limited edition seasonal drinks.
5. When a new beverage is launched, expect endless lines out the door and down the street.
6. ‘Starbucks Parties’ are a common bonding activity in Japan.
7. Japanese staff are very polite and are sticklers for the rules.
8. Starbucks stores in Japan are typically very quiet, much more so than in other countries.
9. Starbucks Daizaifu is considered one of the most beautiful Starbucks branches in the world.
10. In 2016, Starbucks Japan launched a handy mobile app.
10 Most Beautiful Starbucks in Japan
1. Starbucks Hirosaki Park, Aomori
One of Japan’s most unique branches of Starbucks, the Hirosaki Park store is housed in a European-style, semi art-deco building constructed in the early 20th century. Right next to the park, this is a great spot for a pre or post-stroll caffeine injection.
Hours: 7:00 – 21:00
Access: Hirosaki Koen-mae Station
2. Ueno Park, Tokyo
Deep within the beautiful Ueno Park, this Starbucks branch is another gem. The structure is low-rise, bathed in natural light and with ample outdoor seating space, blending in with its surroundings brilliantly. The park is ever-popular, so expect queues, but it’ll be worth it in the end.
Hours: 8:00 – 21:00
Address: 8-22 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Access: Ueno Station
3. Tokyu Plaza, Harajuku, Tokyo
Situated in a rooftop garden in glitzy Omotesando, this Starbucks Japan branch is one of the city’s most beautiful. Sip a coffee surrounded by lush greenery and be at peace as the mayhem of the city unfolds below.
Hours: 8:30 – 23:00
Access: Meijijingu-mae Station
4. Kamakura Inaricho, Kanagawa
Kamakura always lives up to its reputation as one of Japan’s most beautiful, traditional locations. Kamakura Starbucks does very well to fit in with its surroundings, complete with a serene outdoor pool, tatami flooring and straw mats.
Hours: 7:00 – 22:00
Address: 1-2-7 Komachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Access: Kamakura Station
5. Toyama Kansui Park, Toyama
Amongst the cherry blossoms in spring, leaves in autumn, greenery in summer or snow in winter, Kansui Park Starbucks is a delight. With floor to ceiling glass walls on three sides of the building, this is where you’ll find some of the best views in the whole park.
Hours: 8:00 – 22:30
Access: Toyama Station
6. Kyoto Sanjo Ohashi, Kyoto
Noryoyuka, Kyoto’s famous riverside terraces, are the perfect place to while away an evening in Japan’s ancient capital. For an interesting fusion of old and new, try out the noryoyuka Starbucks.
Hours: 8:00 – 23:00
Access: Sanjo Station
7. Okazaki Tsutaya Bookstore, Kyoto
A book and a coffee is a winning combination. Tsutaya, one of Japan’s leading bookstores, feels the same. This Starbucks branch in the Kyoto Okazaki store effortlessly blends the timelessness of caffeine and literature with a contemporary interior feel.
Hours: 8:00 – 22:00
Access: Higashiyama Station
8. Kobe Kitano Ijinkan, Kobe
Located inside a historic Western-style building in central Kobe, this Starbucks store isn’t difficult to spot. Yet, as is Starbucks’s style, the design both inside and out is highly sympathetic to the feel of the building.
Hours: 8:00 – 22:00
Access: Shin-Kobe Station
9. Izumo Taisha, Shimane
Perhaps Starbucks Japan’s most local feeling branch. Housed in a traditional nagaya (Japanese tenement) house, complete with latticed windows, a tiled roof and intricate awnings, the only change is the coffee replacing the matcha (green tea).
Hours: 8:30 – 18:30
Access: Izumotaisha-Mae Station
10. Starbucks Daizaifu, Fukuoka
We’ve saved the best for last, Starbucks’s Daizaifu Fukuoka branch. The architecture is out of this world, a wooden structure like nothing you’ve seen before. Come for the building, stay for the coffee.
Hours: 7:00 – 21:00
Access: Dazaifu Station
10 Unique Japan Starbucks Seasonal Beverages
1. Baked Cheesecake Frappuccino
Only available in store from June 1st to July 1st 2016.
2. Sakura Blossom and Strawberry Frappuccino and Latte
Everyone loves cherry blossom season, including Starbucks, who bring out a special cherry blossom menu to complement it. Enjoy the Sakura Blossom & Strawberry Latte or Frappuccino.
3. Azuki Matcha Frappuccino and Latte
Azuki Matcha Frappuccino Latte was offered in Starbucks Japan in 2012.
4. Apple Crumble Latte
Starbucks launched the Apple Crumble Latte in September 2011.
5. Coffee and White Tiramisu Frappuccino
Starbucks Japan first offered the Tiramisu Frappuccino in the summer of 2013.
6. Orange Brulee Frappuccino and Latte
Orange Brulee Latte and Frappuccino was available in Starbucks Japan in the spring of 2012.
7. Mango Passion Tea Frappuccino
This Frappuccino Blended Juice Drink has become a Starbucks Japan staple.
8. Chocolate Cookie Crumble Frappuccino with White Chocolate Pudding
Chocolate Cookie Crumble Frappuccino with White Chocolate Pudding was first released over Christmas 2012.
9. Cantaloupe Melon and Cream Frappuccino
Cantaloupe Melon & Cream Frappuccino was launched on April 12th, 2016 in Tokyo.
10. Yogurt Frappuccino with Crushed Nuts and Fruits
Made available in 2015.