Visit These Cafés in Japan If You Love Art and Movies

Yes to coffee and culture!

Nowadays, coffee shops don’t just provide customers with their much-needed dose of handcrafted beverages--they also bring people together and spark inspiration through various forms of art. Below, we spill the beans on where you can find these special hybrid cafés in Japan, perfect hideaways if you're looking for creative ambience, and of course, great coffee.

1-5-14 Shinjuku, Zushi-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Contact: +81-46-873-5643
Open from 9:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (food is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and bar is open until midnight)
How to get there: It’s a 15-minute walk from the east exit of Zushi Station (JR Line), or the south exit of Shin-zushi Station (Keikyu Line).

Owned by Gen Nagashima, CINEMA AMIGO is a café that doubles as a movie house to provide “an atmosphere where one can experience culture in the form of music and visuals through movies,” and have a relaxing time with a good cup of joe.

Café owner Gen Nagashima says, “I would like to feature people, things, and food from different regions.”

Since its inception in 2009, creative individuals from Zushi, Hayama, and Kamakura have flocked to this 40-year-old-house-turned-café to catch movies, musicals, and documentaries personally chosen by the owner.

The movie schedule is posted at the entrance of CINEMA AMIGO. One film is played five times a day.

The food menu, which consists of five main items, three dessert items, 15 drinks, and six types of alcohol, changes depending on the day as well. If you want to order food in advance, AMIGO MARKET is conveniently located right beside the café.

Umibe no Ehon-ya Tsubame-go
1-24-21 Tsukui, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Contact: +81-46-884-8661
Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
How to get there: It’s a 2-minute walk from Tsukuihama Station (Keikyu Line).

If you’re a bookworm and an art lover, then Umibe no Ehon-ya Tsubame-go is the perfect artsy tambayan for you. With almost 1,000 local and foreign books lining up the shelves, this five-year old café is the first and only shop in Yokosuka that focuses on art books.

The café name is derived from the book Swallows and Amazons, as “tsubame” means “swallow” (bird).

On top of being a bookstore, a reading space, and a coffee shop, Umibe no Ehon-ya Tsubame-go is also an events place and an art gallery. It holds concerts as well as rare original art exhibits on its second floor.

Lunch Set (¥850)

Fun fact: Everything they serve on the menu is made by owner Hiromi Itou herself. One of their best sellers is a lunch set that includes a savory quiche, scone, soup, and salad.

Gallery&Café Izaemon
1641-3 Dai, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Contact: +81-46-781-3011
Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (last order is at 4:30 p.m.) except on Wednesdays.
How to get there: It’s a 12-minute walk from the west exit of JR Kita-kamakura Station.

Established in 2015, Gallery&Café Izaemon is a retreat-like gallery-café that features the artworks, photos, and antiques of owner Takuma Onoda, an artist based in Kamakura. There is also an exhibit of the pottery collection of his grandmother, who was a tea master, and old historical manuscripts from 200 to 300 years ago.

Izaemon Curry with soup (¥540)

There are five main food items, five desserts, 10 drink types, and two kinds of alcohol on the menu. Among them is the Izaemon Curry, which is an original recipe of the owner’s mother.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Yokohama Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (29 March 2018)

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