The cafe is located within the Akao Herb and Rose Garden in Atami, Shizuoka prefecture. Architect Kengo Kuma created the house with the idea of making a structure that melts within its natural surrounding. Kuma named it Coeda House, which means the "house of small branches". It literally looks like a tree surrounded by windows.
The cafe is at 150 meters above the sea, so you get a splendid view of the area from inside the cafe!
The inside of the store is equally as impressive as the outside. You can clearly see the 49 layers of wood of Alaskan cypress that make up the structure.
The cafe offers Baumkuchen cakes made with honey from the flower of the Japanese mikan orange trees of the region.
For 300 yen you can have the Atami Fromage Tarte which contains some daidai orange, a kind of bitter orange found in the Atami region. It adds some citrus flavor to the cheese tart, making it a sophisticated delectable sweet.
You can also order some rose ice cream in the cafe (600 yen). Made from local milk, the ice cream is topped with a jam in which rose petals are added. It makes for a very cute treat.
Many other rose products are available such as the rose cider (400 yen) shown below.
You can also order organic coffee, hot or cold, for 400 yen.
From Tokyo, you can get to Atami by Shinkansen in 50 minutes.
Admission fees for adults at the Akao Herb and Rose Garden are 1,000 yen and 500 yen for children.
Open: 9:00-17:00 (closed on Tuesdays in December and January)