We visited this lovely cafe in an October night last year when we were staying in Kamakura of Japan. Onarimachi is actually located just a few minutes from Kamakura Station - you may check this elegant and classic station from my recent two posts [1,2].
This cafe ranks #2 in the 10 Most Beautifully Designed Japanese Starbucks by the Fast Japan travel website and we had the first hand experience to enjoy its tranquil ambience.
According to the intro of this website, before Starbucks took this place, this location "used to be the residence of anime artist Ryuichi Yokoyama." whose works are on display in the shop. According to my wife's info collection, the famous pool on the terrace was the house pool for the previous owner and was kept as a decoration when Starbucks took over. Great move! really...
The main structure of the cafe is wooden and it is spacious. It is very impolite to take photos of the customers inside the cafe, especially in Japan, so I barely took any. As the website describes, "they have not only standard tables or sofas, but also a high ceiling, open space faces the garden, and even the pool. In spring season you can enjoy coffee, seeing cherry blossoms tree in the garden. This must be special relaxing moment." lovely, isn't it!?
We deliberately sat outside by the pool. The weather that night was very pleasant. We ordered some normal Starbucks drinks and cakes to enjoy here. Our 6yo boy TT was infected by this aura and amazingly spoke with very low volume. The design of the terrance with a small pool is also very japanese - simplistic. So, all in all, that one hour we spent there was very relaxing and comfortable.
It doesn't mean you cannot chat with your friend. You certainly can. Just don't talk with too much energy. It is certainly a great choice if you just want to spend some time alone and think about meaning of life. :)
Address: 15-11 Onarimachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access: 4 minutes walk from Kamakura Station
Hours: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Starbucks at Kamakura Onarimachi
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