UCC Coffee Museum and UCC Coffee Road

by Luc Gougeon

UCC or Ueshima Coffee Company is a household name for any coffee drinkers in Japan. The brand is omnipresent and I was super happy to visit their coffee museum which is located in Kobe.   It’s also where I drank one of the rarest coffee in the world, just keep reading.

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Habu Shokudou in Naha, Okinawa

We braved the wind and the rain to get to Habu Shokudou which is located right inside to the main gate of Naha harbour. This place is not on the regular tourist trail, but make the hike, you won’t regret it.  I also suggest you go there on an empty stomach, you might even consider skipping a couple of meals before you visit Habu Shokudou.  You will see why really soon.

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Takumi Ramen

I visited Takumi Ramen right after my Japanese teacher recommended it to me:  I  just love it when people share their coup-de-coeur. Apparently, this place is very famous, but I will let you judge by yourself.   For the Okayama folks, Takumi Ramen can also easily be found since it’s right on the second floor of Okayama Station.

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Tokyo Tea Room in Okayama

When I first saw a picture of the Tokyo Tea Room in a book about old Okayama coffee shops, I knew I would eventually find my way there. This very unique shop is located on Akura Dori not too far from the amazing Fa Niente restaurant and I am pretty sure I walked in front of it many times and  never stopped because of the  UCC coffee sign. Ueshima Coffee company produces some good coffee, but it’s never my first choice.   Something else took me here, just keep up reading…

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Toushinden Yakiniku

Toushinden Yakiniku is located on route 30 not too far from route 2, if you are familiar with Okayama, this is the road that goes to Tamano.   It most definitely not centrally located, but it is worth the bike ride, the bus ride, the walk or anything that will get you there.   It was so good, I would probably go on a pogo stick if I had to.

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Tachibana Coffee in Kanazawa

Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture is my kind of city, not too big, not too small and packed with old streets.   Kanazawa wasn’t bombed during the second world war, so it has that old Japanese city feel.

After being caught in the rain during a visit to the famous Kenrokuen garden, we found refuge at Tachibana Coffee.

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