Sep 7, 2017

Starbucks in Japan where you can get a seat, easily

I've probably mentioned this a lot before, here and there, but in the case of the Starbucks that I see going about me daily business in Japan, almost all of them tend to be packed. Not that I'm massive fan but I prefer Starbucks to some of the other coffee chains in Japan like a Dotour or Veloce. To this end I thought if anyone out there knows of, or from now spots, a Starbucks where you're almost guaranteed to get a seat, maybe we could drop them here and, well, have some sort of list that we can all refer to.



Traveler, surfer, and scribe. Based in Tokyo for six years.

8 Answers

  • genkidesu

    on Sep 8

    One of my faves if you're in the outskirts of Tokyo Prefecture (think Ome, Fussa, Musashimurayama areas) is the one at 3-2-3 Enoki, Musashimurayama, Tokyo 208-0022. It's a newer store, loads of seating, really modern interior and an added bonus is they have drive thru if you don't have the time to pop inside!

  • Saitama

    on Sep 14

    Ken-o expressway Kawajima Interchange's branch of Starbucks on Route 254 (in the review section!!). They have indoor and outdoor seating. Its actually a relatively small branch and it is never empty, but I use the drive through from time to time and you can see the outdoor seating: always a couple of tables free. And on the handful of occasions I've physically gone into the store there is usually a free table or two.

  • DLHayes

    on Sep 30

    It's crazy how packed these Starbucks get!! I'm not a fan at all! I prefer coffee from 7-Eleven on any given day! There are two that I like in particular and you never have to worry about it being packed! :)

  • genkidesu

    on Oct 25

    One to add for those in Niigata or passing through - the Starbucks at Nagaoka Station has tons of space and seats! I’m in there right now and it’s morning “peak” time anywhere else, but here now it’s delightful! The staff here are super lovely too which is an added bonus!

  • Jackson

    on Dec 1

    In Roppongi Hills, there are two starbucks within the building on two different floors. The atmosphere is great and the one on the lower floor usually has less people so you can easily grab a seat with an outlet. :)

  • Weellee

    on Dec 19

    That was also my problem until recently. I live in a suburban area in Chiba, and still Starbucks is always packed. However, the one at the Palace Side Building in Tokyo would always have a seat, even at past five in the afternoon and people are already starting to head home. Address: 〒100-0003 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Hitotsubashi, 1 Chome−1−1−1 竹橋パレスサイドビルディング Access: Take Exit 1b at Takebashi Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.

  • Saitama

    on Jan 15

    The Starbucks in the basement of Hikarie was pretty empty the day we were there!

  • genkidesu

    on Jun 5

    Just got back from a trip to Shimane (it was beautiful!) and the Starbucks at Matsue Station was always somewhere I could snag a seat, even during the peak morning and evening commuter rush.


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