You Can Find Three Starbucks Shops Inside This Shopping Complex in Osaka
Because one isn't enough!
Starbucks Coffee LINKS UMEDA 2/F Store
2/F LINKS UMEDA, 1-1 Ofukacho, Kita District, Osaka City, Osaka
Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily (schedules may vary).
Starbucks Coffee LINKS UMEDA B1/F Store
B1/F LINKS UMEDA, 1-1 Ofukacho, Kita District, Osaka City, Osaka
Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (schedules may vary).
Starbucks Coffee LINKS UMEDA 8/F Store
8/F LINKS UMEDA, 1-1 Ofukacho, Kita District, Osaka City, Osaka
Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily (schedules may vary).
Last November 27, Starbucks Coffee Japan opened two new stores in the second and eighth floors of LINKS UMEDA, a shopping complex in Osaka. There are now three Starbucks stores in the building together with the one on B1 floor, which was built during the opening of the complex.
Starbucks Coffee LINKS UMEDA 2/F Store at the LINKS UMEDA Annex Building
Cozy furniture decorates the spacious eighth-floor store. The store also serves as a lounge for Hotel Hankyu Respire Osaka guests. This can be found just above the shopping complex. Meanwhile, the Starbucks shop in the basement was built mainly for takeout orders.
The second-floor store at the Annex Building is a separate two-story building with the concept of SHINRINYOKU (forest bathing) TREE. Here, locally grown timber fills the interior with wooden furnishings. Entering the store will feel as if you’re surrounded by trees in the forest.
A counter seat at the second floor of LINKS UMEDA
The second-floor store has 13 seats on the second floor, 73 seats on the third floor, and 12 seats on the terrace—a total of 98 seats.
The two-story shop has a cashier on its first floor and 73 seats on the second floor. A recording of the natural sound of a forest in Kawachinagano, Osaka, complete with birds chirping, plays on the stairs connecting the two floors. A one-of-a-kind artwork also welcomes the customers.
Original artwork by the stairs entitled “Umeda Miramira no Ki.” Miramira is a wordplay on minna, meaning everyone, and mirai, meaning future.
“Umeda Miramira no Ki” is an artwork created by Mr. Hideaki Shibata, a proponent of the Yodogawa Technique. This technique involves using scraps and objects found on the riverbanks of Japan and different parts of the world to create artworks. Baristas from Umeda and children from all over Osaka have created art pieces, resembling small animals, using the collected wood waste from Kawachi’s forest. Objects found in the Yodogawa riverbank were also added as decorations to the artwork. Students from Kyoto University of Art and Design assisted in the production.
Scraps of the forest were used in the workshop held at the Kawachinagano General Forestry Center (Kinkonkan)
Small animal artworks created by the children and the baristas from Umeda
The artwork by the stairs is meant to encourage a future of caring for the natural environment, especially for forests and rivers. Aside from that, it is also a casual invitation to the sleek, forest-themed dine-in area upstairs.
Thin wood from Kawachinagano City is used in the wooden part of the artwork. If you look closely, you can spot objects retrieved from the Yodo River.
The wing part of this colorful bird is made of disposable lighters, bubble wands, and scrap wood from the Yodo River.
On the second floor, as part of the JIMOTO table Project that Starbucks has been working on this year, tables and chairs made with raw materials from the region are available. The wooden furniture adds to the warm and relaxing atmosphere of the store.
The chestnut flooring gives off a gentle hue that makes the second floor look cozy.
JIMOTO table Project
The JIMOTO table Project is a movement Starbucks started venturing this year with Wise-Wise, a furniture company that makes use of domestic timber. JIMOTO tables are made using the wood resources of the region where the store is located. This helps in reconnecting the area to its forests and bridging the gap between the customers and their natural environment.
Scan the QR code in the store and watch the story behind the project.
At the center of the dine-in area are two long benches with a row of wooden pillars in between. They are made from Osaka Kawachi wood, a brand of cedar trees grown in Kawachinagano City, Osaka.
Osaka Kawachi wood is mainly used in the interior of the store
Chestnut wood from Osaka is also used in the tables and chairs. Aside from that, the coffee tables are made up of Kawachi log slices.
A 60 to 70-year-old Kawachi wood table
The fine tree rings are proof that the tree was carefully grown in its early years.
The second floor counter seats are likewise made of chestnut wood.
The second-floor ceiling has random open spaces where the lights resemble sunlight filtering through the leaves. This effect further instills the concept of being inside a forest when you’re in the store.
Surround yourself with the warmth and scent of locally grown trees.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (28 November 2019)