Kyoto Starbucks's elegant over-river seating might make it the country's coolest coffeehouse

posted on May 24, 2016

Seattle-based chain adapts to Kyoto style with summertime seats that offer a taste of traditional culture as you sip your coffee.

As with many places in Japan, you'll find a surprising dichotomy in Kyoto. On the one hand, the country's former capital remains one of its most refined centers of traditional culture. On the other, the local geography (Kyoto sits in an inland basin) makes the city swelteringly hot during the summer, even by Japan's steamy standards.

But, as always, the people of Kyoto deal with this issue in an elegant way. During the warmer part of the year, riverside restaurants in Kyoto seat customers on what's called a noryoyuka. Literally meaning "cooling floor," noryoyuka are wooden platforms built out over the water, with a refreshing water-cooled breeze coming up from below.

The most popular cluster of noryoyuka can be found along the Kamogawa River, which borders the Sanjo neighborhood, Kyoto's dining district. But while many of these restaurants are high-class establishments serving full-course meals, there's an alternative that's both casual and reasonably priced: the Sanjo Ohashi branch of Starbucks.

source by rocketnews24
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