One of the things that I like to do in Japan is to visit a special Starbucks property if there is one. Starbucks Kyoto Ninenzaka is one outlet that has been on my bucket list for a long while. I have seen plenty of photos of the outlet which is housed in a machiya located in the historic Ninenzaka on social media and blogs.

This is the second unique Starbucks property that I had the opportunity to visit in the same trip; the first being the property in Uji, Kyoto. The other Starbucks property that I really like is in Dazaifu, Fukuoka. The one that was previously along Shijo-dori, Kyoto had a lovely view overseeing the Kamo river. Sadly, the outlet is closed.

Exterior of Starbucks Ninenzaka. Shot with iPhone 7+
Shot with iPhone 7+

Starbucks Kyoto Ninenzaka occupies two floors of the machiya. The first floor is where customers queue to buy and collect their beverages. The second floor is divided into several self-contained spaces for customers to sit down and enjoy their drinks.

Shot with iPhone 7+

I would have liked to sit at this tatami-style seats but was concerned that I would have difficulty getting up afterwards.

The interior of the machiya is not big but very nicely done up – nice modern feel yet quaint, all within the space of a very old building. We took a turn round the second floor and found a spot to sip our drinks and enjoy the space.

Shot with iPhone 7+
Shot with iPhone 7+

My view from where I was seated. I can imagine how pretty this view would be when it starts snowing in winter.

Shot with iPhone 7+

This is definitely worth a visit if you are in the Kiyomizu area, even if you are not a fan of. Starbucks. When I next visit, I am going to come by very early and get myself one of those nice chairs where I can sit down with a book.

Starbucks Kyoto Ninenzaka

Address: 349 Banchi, Masuya-cho, Shimogawara Higashi-iru, Kodaiji Minamimon-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 8:00pm

Starbucks Kyoto Ninenzaka – Housed In A Machiya

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