Need a cafe in Japan? Here are 5

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If you’re a dessert lover or coffee fanatic, Shizuoka Prefecture is the place to be. Located just 40 minutes from Tokyo, this region boasts some of Japan’s best cafés that offer everything from cute animal desserts to matcha latte art. Here are our top picks for the most Insta-worthy cafés in the area.

First up, Atami Purin Café 2nd in the coastal Onsen town of Atami is a charming little café that serves up desserts as cute as they are delicious. With seasonal treats ranging from hippo cookies atop soft serve to creamy puddings in adorable glass bottles, this café is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. The bathroom-themed décor adds a touch of nostalgia to the experience.

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Next on our list is Chaluck in Shizuoka City. As Japan’s leading producer of green tea, trying a green tea specialty café is a must when visiting the Prefecture. This café, run by a long-established tea wholesaler in the quaint town of Okitsu, serves a wide range of tea drinks as well as tea-based sweets. Their homemade Anmitsu is a must-try, and their anko paste is sure to get your tastebuds tingling.

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For those looking for a stunning view with their coffee, check out Mujoudou in Fuji City. With picturesque views of Mount Fuji from the café’s large windows, this café overlooks rice paddies and offers a tranquil escape from the city. Their seasonal menu changes frequently, with delicious kakigori available in summer and warm desserts like oshiruko to warm you up in winter.

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Hug Coffee, with seven branches spread across Shizuoka, is one of the most popular local coffee shops in the Prefecture. Each location has its own unique style and relaxing atmosphere, making it the perfect spot to work or meet with friends. The newly opened café in the Shizuoka City Museum of History boasts incredible matcha latte art dedicated to Japan’s most famous Shogun, Ieyasu. Their specialty coffee and wide variety of drinks are guaranteed to make your day.

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Finally, SWEETS BANK in Hamamatsu is a multi-functional facility that offers offices, shops, and a café. The unique architectural design mimics the appearance of gigantic tables and chairs, dwarfing visitors. The café offers light meals and drinks made with local ingredients in a setting that is Insta-worthy. Be sure to check out their popular Unagi (eel) Pie pastries from confectionery producer Shunkado.

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So whether you’re in the mood for cute desserts, green tea specialties, scenic views, quality coffee, or a unique café experience, Shizuoka Prefecture has it all.