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Mikado Coffee Karuizawa – A pioneer of third wave coffee shops in the famous resort

When it comes to coffee in Japan, there can be too many options these days. The cheapest options, the most expensive options, and everything in-between are at your fingertips. The newest equipment, the latest design, the funkiest music in the background – what is your choice today?

Mikado Coffee Karuizawa

Sometimes we all long for a bit of nostalgia and a touch of the classics. This is when coffee shops like Mikado Coffee come in handy. Their brews have good acidity and go very well with any sweets.

Mikado Coffee Karuizawa

Hige Ojisan (‘a guy with a moustache’) is the hallmark of Mikado Coffee. He looks very Mexican to me. There are many Mexican figurines at Mikado Coffee Karuizawa.

Mikado Coffee Karuizawa

Another thing that makes the Mikado brand recognizable among coffee shops is its モカソフト, coffee flavored soft serve ice-cream. It is also used for their famous coffee float, which is garnished with a dried Californian prune.Mikado Coffee KaruizawaMikado Coffee Karuizawa

Mikado Coffee was founded in 1948, but the Karuizawa branch was opened in 1952. At that time it was a pioneer of bean roasting and the Japanese (and of course foreign expats) were not yet spoilt by single-origin beans. Naturally, it became a hit with the locals, providing the mild, acidic taste of arabica instead of harsh robusta with a bitter aftertaste.

Mikado Coffee Karuizawa

It is a good match for chocolate or cake.

Mikado Coffee Karuizawa


Mikado Coffee in Prince Shopping Plaza Karuizawa

Address: Nagano, Kitasaku-gun, Karuizawa 1178-798
Telephone: 0267-42-0549
Opening hours: 10:00~19:30 (L.O.19:00)
Access: a short walk from Karuizawa Station
Official website: Mikado Coffee in Prince Shopping Plaza Karuizawa
Distance to airport: 189 km from Haneda Airport

Article by Olga Kaneda

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