Starbucks is quite nice, isn’t it? Their shops provide a comfortable, non-smoking place to enjoy a delicious coffee, they have a hip food menu, and you can even get a hundrend yen refill on the day’s coffee. The service isn’t half bad either. Of course, there’s the fact that it’s not exactly cheap, but we’ll forgive them that little foible.

There are six Starbucks locations in Tokyo that have just gotten even cooler, though. What’s so special about those six shops, you ask? Well, let me tell you! In short, the six stores listed below will allow you to take books from their attached bookstores to read while you enjoy your coffee.

Tsutaya Yurkucho Marui Store
Address: Yurakucho Marui, Yurakucho 2-7-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Hours:Mon-Sat 11:00~21:00 Sun and hols 11:00~20:30 Open every day

Tsutaya Kamiyacho Ekimae Store
Address: Kamiyacho MT Court, Toranomon 5-2-5, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 07:00~23:00 Open every day

Tsutaya Tokyo Roppongi Store
Address: Gate Tower, Roppongi 6-11-1, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 07:00~28:00 Open every day

Tsutaya Osaki Ekimae Store
Address: Osaki 2-10-1, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 07:00~26:00 Open every day

Daikanyama Tsutaya Shoten Store
Address: Tsutaya Shoten Bldg. #3, 1F, Sarugakucho17-5, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 07:00~26:00 Open every day

Tsutaya Bajikoen Store
Address: Corinne Bajikoen 1F, Kamiyoga 2-4-18, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Mon-Sat 08:00~27:00 Sun and hols: 07:00~27:00 Open every day

Isn’t that great? You can sit and read the newest releases. Of course, there are a few rules, such as taking only one book at a time and not being able to take sealed books, but that still leaves a considerable number of books and magazines to enjoy! This is sure to put butts in the seats, which unfortunately means you may not be able to get one on the weekends and holidays!

That’s why I try to go in the mornings when it’s not so crowded, but even then, I sometimes have to wait. Ah well, that’s just the price you have to pay. Oh, and by the way, these “Book and Cafe” style Starbucks aren’t only in the capital. You’ll find them all over Japan, so be sure to check the website for a location near you.

What more can I say? Starbucks is just fabulous.


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