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Grab a Bite in a Bathhouse! Historical Buildings to Eat In

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






June 11  Category:Sightseeing 

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