Starbucks Coffee Kawagoe Kanetsuki Dori
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Kawagoe Edo-Style Starbucks
After hearing about an old Edo-style town in Kawagoe, Saitama, I knew I had to check it out. I've always been fascinated with Japanese histry and architecture and finally had the chance to check out this quaint little town during Golden Week. I've also seen a video of the old fashioned Starbucks and thought it was the coolest thing. If you ever watched the anime Gintama, this town definitely reminded me of it, with a little bit of historical architecture mixed with modern culture. I believe that this Starbucks had recently opened just last year in 2018. The Starbucks definitely blended in with the town, but once people start seeing the logo and "Starbucks" font, all the cameras came out (including mine). Although the exterior was traditional looking, the interior was very modern (I wish I took some pictures). The organization of the lines to order drinks were very different from the Starbucks I'm used to in the States. When ordering, they don't ask for your name because of the order of the line. There is a lot of seating and small tables. There were two different areas for outside seating. One seemed to be semi-covered while the other was outside in a Japanese garden-looking setting. The day we went just happened to storm, so we could not sit outside. It was very beautiful though! I was hoping this Starbucks had exclusive Kawagoe, Edo-style merchandise, but they sadly did not. I like to collect the geographic Starbucks mugs, so I was disappointed. Surprisingly, they did not have very many merchandise at all. If you ever decide to visit Saitama, you should definitely check out Kawagoe, and this traditional Starbucks! We came here from Ikebukuro in Tokyo, so it wasn't that far of a train ride (and a bus ride to the town).
15-18 Saiwaicho, Kawagoe, Saitama 350-0063, Japan