Looking for somewhere historic and atmospheric to dine? Look no further!
I have made a list of cafes and restaurants housed in unlikely buildings all over Japan.
Try out one of these restaurants for a taste of history.
With the advent of affordable personal bathrooms came the diminishing need for bathhouses. Suddenly a lot of beautifully tiled, historical bathhouses were left without a purpose. And in Japan, buildings that lose their purpose usually go the way of the bulldozer.
BUT! Thankfully for us, there are some that stuck around for you to have a coffee in.
Yu-yu – Onomichi, Hiroshima
Hiroshima bathhouse that serves up ramen.
OPEN 10:00 ‐ 18:00 *Closed Thursdays
Sarasa Nishijin – Kita-ku, Kyoto
Bathhouse turned cafe restaurant.
OPEN 12:00 ‐ 23:00 *Closed Wednesdays
Sagano-yu – Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Bathhouse turned cafe restaurant
OPEN 11:00 ‐ 20:00
Cafe Ibaraki-yu – Ibaraki-shi, Osaka
Bathhouse turned cafe restaurant (lunch only)
OPEN 11:00 ‐ 17:00 *closed Sundays and National Holidays
Many sake breweries are also the site of restaurants and cafes now.
You are drinking at the source!
Hoashihonke Fushunkan – Oita-shi, Oita
Old sake brewery turned gallery/kaiseki restaurant
OPEN 10:00 ‐ 17:00 *closed Mondays
Kojo Ato Jimushitsu – Shibatsujicho, Nara
Factory turned cafe and gallery
OPEN 11:00 ‐ 18:00 *on Fridays and from 9:00 on Sundays and Saturdays
Hamada Soy Sauce Storeroom Cafe – Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto
OPEN 8:30 ‐ 17:00 *Sundays and Saturdays opens from 10:00, closed Mondays
Soy sauce factory turned cafe that serves Japanese desserts
Get ready to empty your wallets because restaurants in old banks usually are a bit more sophisticated…
CAFE 1894 – Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Ritzy bank serving contemporary Western food
OPEN 11:00 ‐ 23:00
Sakaisuji Club – Chuo-ku, Osaka
Expensive French and Italian cuisine inside of a historic bank
OPEN 11:30 ‐ 14:00 lunch, 18:00-22:00 dinner
Kuragasaki – Sakura-shi, Tochigi
Police station restaurant that has live music performances
OPEN 11:30 ‐ 14:30 lunch, 17:30-21:30 dinner *closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Fukumori -Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Old train station turned posh restaurant with a focus on ingredients from Yamagata
OPEN 11:00 ‐23:00 *closes at 21:00 on holidays and Sundays
Cafe Freundlieb – Kobe-shi, Hyogo
Church turned cafe/bakery
OPEN 10:00 ‐19:00 *closed every Wednesday