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Omotesando Koffee

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 9 - Miki Takamasa

Omotesando Koffee is a little coffee shop within a quiet Omote-sando residential district in Tokyo, Japan. Now that I’ve started my Café Tour in Singapore, I make it a point to visit some cafes overseas – just like my dear theme parks and attractions.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 4 - Entrance to the Cafe

Well, Omotesando Koffee is well-known for many reasons. It’s unexpected – coffee shop in a machiya, a traditional Japanese wooden house. And it’s in the middle of a quiet street.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 5 - Hana Cuboid

Lush plants surround the entrance and its beautiful garden.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 6 - The House

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 7 - Entrance Seating

Not much seating around here, except for benches in the middle of the garden. It’s a nice, picturesque spot for photos.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 8 - Signboard Minimalist

Inside though, is a traditional Japanese interior. It’s so clean.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 10 - Miki-san at work

The barista spotted me taking photos of the exterior and was probably relieved when I finally decided to walk in. He gave warm greetings and took my order.

Anyway, only cash is accepted here, so please bring enough notes and coins along.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE - Menu and Price List

Here’s the price list for hot coffee. Add about ¥90 more to have it iced.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 11 - Koffee Kashi, Baked Custard Square

Omotesando Koffee also bakes these cute custard cubes, known as Koffee Kashi. ¥170 (~S$2.10) a piece, or ¥850 (~S$10.50) for 5 pieces in a box set.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 12 - Baileys Cappuccino

It was a rainy, chilly morning, so I ordered the Baileys Cappuccino¥630 (~S$7.50).

All I can say is, it was definitely worth the walk here.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 13 - Lantern of Drawings

I spent the next few minutes snapping away as my beverage was being crafted. Thankfully, the cafe was okay with that.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 14 - Maple Leaves

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 15 - Furin Wind Chime

Even if taking photos isn’t your thing, the garden itself is a nice place to have a peaceful, contemplative moment. I was all alone during my encounter at Omotesando Koffee (a thunderstorm just passed the area).

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 2 - Across the Road

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 3 - Across the Road

I left the wooden house and stood across the road, facing the empty field. Drank most of my cappuccino here.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 16 - Cup on the Go

Then I was off to another cafe around the area.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE 1 - Streets

Some people say that Omotesando Koffee is hard to find – but I got there within minutes, walking from the main road.

How to get there

This little place is a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Omote-sando station, which is an interchange station for three Tokyo Metro lines:
Chiyoda Line (C-04)
Ginza Line (G-02)
Hanzomon Line (Z-02)

The Map to Omotesando Koffee

1. From the Metro Station, head to Exit A2.

2. Once out from Exit A2, turn right and walk along that street.

3. At the end of the street, turn left. (You may witness some madness at the Flying Tiger Copenhagen store)

4. Walk all the way until the intersection with calvari hair salon (white building with 3 levels). Turn right at that intersection.

5. Walk down that block, and cross another intersection and go straight again. Omotesando Koffee is just a few steps ahead, at your left.

OMOTESANDO KOFFEE

4-15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
東京都渋谷区神宮前4-15-3

Open daily from 10:00am. Closes at 7:00pm.
For more information refer to their official website (Japanese).


Solo Tokyo 2014 is a short series documenting that one day I spent in Tokyo alone. It was a spontaneous walkabout during a spontaneous trip.

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Tokyo DisneySea – Mysterious Island

Mysterious Island - The Volcano

Mysterious Island – a world hidden within Mount Prometheus that is heavily inspired by some of Jules Verne‘s most iconic novels. This themed zone is the centerpiece of Tokyo DisneySea.

Mysterious Island - Mount Prometheus

Mount Prometheus is the icon of Tokyo DisneySea, and can be seen (outdoors) from every other themed port-of-call around the park.

The volcano connects to a massive, water-filled caldera, known as Vulcania Lagoon. The waters, perpetually influenced by the active volcano, are always tumultuous.

Mysterious Island - The Caldera

Fantastic rock theming aside, this themed area is designed in such a way where its facilities (attractions, shops and other amenities) are stacked within the caldera. Being right in the middle of the park, with a lagoon and river running through the lower levels, means that the design needs to get creative. Those who have seen the park’s blueprints will know what I’m talking about.

Mysterious Island - Caldera Guide

Once inside, visitors would feel completely enclosed in Jules Verne’s stories by the mountainous terrain. Mysterious Island is home to two dark rides, two restaurants, and a quaint souvenir shop. The DisneySea Transit Steamer sails through the lagoon.

Mysterious Island - Spiral Walkway to 20,000 Leagues

Structures in teal give a visual break from the zone’s dominant rockwork.

Mysterious Island - The Floodgate

A massive floodgate at one of the area’s walkway leading to the back of the park.

Mysterious Island - The Floodgate 2

Mysterious Island - The Floodgate 3

Rather astonishing detail here: aged but not “aged”.

Mysterious Island - Mountainous

Hanging lamps along a rocky wall.

Mysterious Island - The Tunnel

Gentle transition in theming, as seen from Mermaid Lagoon‘s outdoor area. Let’s go back.

Mysterious Island - The Bridge

One “attraction” of Tokyo DisneySea can be found below this bridge. It’s not a ride or show, but a food stand selling snacks.

Mysterious Island - The World Famous Refreshment Station

Welcome one and all to the world-famous Refreshment Station. Home to the popular Gyoza Sausage Bun (or Gyoza Dog, in Japanese), which is more popularly known as Nautilus Gyoza.

Mysterious Island - Nautilus

Because it somewhat looks like the Nautilus, Captain Nemo’s submarine, which is docked at Mysterious Island.

Mysterious Island - The World Famous Refreshment Station 2

Supposedly the snack got too popular many years ago, causing long lines extending out of Mysterious Island.

Mysterious Island - Nautilus Gyoza

There always a queue here, but the stall is well-stocked.

Mysterious Island - Nautilus Gyoza 2

The Happiness Year’s Foldable Box.

Mysterious Island - Nautilus Gyoza 3

Anyway, the gyoza buns go for ¥420 (~S$5.20) each. The stall also sells some soft drinks at ¥230/290 (~S$2.80/3.60, prices for small and medium cups), the standard price at both parks.

Mysterious Island - Nautilus Gyoza 4

So Tokyo DisneySea’s famous Nautilus Gyoza is a steamed bun (bao/pau) with a sausage inside (gyoza filling). Not quite a fried gyoza and also not a legit bao. However, the experience of queuing and eating away at a nearby bench is one of those unique Tokyo Disney Resort rituals.

Mysterious Island - Nemo Insignia

Mysterious Island - Nautilus Galley

Nautilus Galley is a small eatery at the lower level. It’s a nice shaded place to rest and marvel at the caldera’s waters, as well as to see the Nautilus submarine up-close.

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 2

But if you are thinking of dining here, head to Vulcania Restaurant – a quick service buffeteria at the upper level of the caldera, which serves Chinese-style food.

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 3

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 16

For starters, the restaurant offers soups (from ¥350) and salads (¥400). Set meals for kids start at ¥890, though parents who wish to splurge can go for the set with a souvenir plate (¥2090)!

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 9

All entrees start at ¥950 (~S$11.70). You can choose from Fried Rice (with Char Siu), Shrimp in chili sauce, Fried Chicken, Chilled Noodles, Spicy Tofu and Pan-fried pork and vegetables.

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 5

Chilled Char Siu noodles.

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 6

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 7

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 14

My sister and I shared the Vulcania Special set meal (¥1650, ~S$20.30) which includes chilled noodles, an entree of your choice (small portion) and dessert.

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 8

Even if you don’t fancy the food, the restaurant is too amazing to miss. Have a walk around.

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 10

As the restaurant is built into a part of the volcano, you’d expect the dining area to be like a cave, complete with all sorts of strange machines – courtesy of Captain Nemo.

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 12

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 11

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 15

If you’ve ever wanted to dine in a volcano, or a cave, this is probably the best place on Earth.

Mysterious Island - Vulcania Restaurant 13

Mysterious Island - Tunnel

We’ll revisit Mysterious Island again in the next entry and uncover its attractions.


An Introduction | Getting There and Around | Pocket Wi-Fi | Tips and Tricks

Tokyo DisneySea

Mediterranean Harbor | Mediterranean Harbor at night | Fortress Explorations
Magellan's | American Waterfront | Tower of Terror | Toy Story Mania!
Port Discovery | Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull
Lost River Delta & Raging Spirits | Sindbad's Storybook Voyage
Arabian Coast | Arabian Coast at night | Mermaid Lagoon
Mysterious Island | Journey to the Center of the Earth
Mysterious Island at night & 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Tokyo Disneyland

World Bazaar | World Bazaar at night | Adventureland | Pirates of the Caribbean
Westernland & Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Splash Mountain
Haunted Mansion | Pooh's Hunny Hunt | Fantasyland | Fantasyland at night
Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall | Toon Town | Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Tomorrowland & Space Mountain | Happiness is Here Parade

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