Along with the Miyajima store, Starbucks will be opening another new location at Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama, on the island of Shikoku, in Ehime Prefecture. Dogo Onsen is often referred to as “Japan’s oldest hot spring,“ and the beautiful rustic public bathhouse here is one that inspired the bathhouse in the Studio Ghibli anime film Spirited Away.
The old-world charm of the area is particularly evident when visitors arrive at Dogo Onsen station, where a beautiful two-story wooden replica of the original station building stands. This is where Starbucks will be taking up residence, in a prime location to attract visitors.
The interior of the new Starbucks pays homage to the stylings of the original building, which was constructed in 1911 at the end of the Meiji Period (1868-1912). Customers will be able to make their orders on the ground floor and then go up to the second floor of the building to enjoy their coffee in retro Western-style surroundings.
The tables and chairs will be made using iron from old rails and timber from railway sleepers. The Miyajima Starbucks will open on November 22 while the Starbucks at Dogo Onsen will open on December 22.
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