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Fall in Love with Osaka's K COFFEE

Fall in Love with Osaka's K COFFEE

On my recent trip to the Kansai region of Japan, I finally found my dream cafe: K COFFEE.

I had three consecutive days to use my Kansai Thru Pass, and I was going to milk it for every penny it was worth.  Rather than heading straight to Kyoto from Koyasan as planned, I took a small detour to the outskirts of Osaka, to a town called Koriyama.

After a stunning train ride through the countryside and a few wrong turns, I found what I was looking for: K COFFEE.

What makes this literal hole-in-the-wall so well known is their peculiar fish tank out front. It’s an old school phone booth filled to the top with water and goldfish.

 

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The coffee is all delicious hand drip, but I felt immediate buyer’s remorse as I picked up my iced coffee to see the person behind me order the most delicious affogato I’ve ever seen. I guess I’ll have to go back!

As I sat at one of the picnic tables with a book (and yes, there is wifi^^) it was lovely to see how many locals visited the cafe. This wasn’t some Instagrammer’s pitstop – it was a local favorite where entire families came to just to relax and take in the Saturday afternoon sunshine.

After resting my feet and soaking up the atmosphere, I started to wander the quiet neighborhood around the cafe.

The streets were lined with small art shops and bookstores where I was unexpectedly able to get my best friend the perfect birthday present!  I had to control myself around all of the affordable, used porcelain – I am a sucker for small bowls and vases!

I should research this more, but I believe that goldfish are an important part of Koriyama.  Not only was the K COFFEE aquarium famous, but there were goldfish hidden in nearly every store I went into.  The bookstore had a bowl with three goldfish, as did the used tea cup stall.

Even the storm drains, which vary based on town in Japan, had one!

After wandering a bit, I hopped back on a train and headed to my Kyoto, which would be my home for the next 4 days.  This was one pitstop worth making.  I felt completely recharged and discovered a place I probably would never have visited!

You can check out K COFFEE in this video (starting at 11:00)

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