Starbucks Sayama with playground and cherry blossoms

Sayama Starbucks

Kasenjiki Central Park

The Kasenjiki Central Park was chosen to be the location for the first ever Starbucks in Sayama City, as part of the Irumagawa Utilization Project. It is park that is long renowned as a cherry blossom viewing spot for locals in the city. The Kasenjiki Central park is located along the northern banks of the Iruma River (Irumagawa) on either side of the Shodai Bridge. The area where the Starbucks and playground are is called Irumagawa Nico Nico Terrace.

Starbucks with a terrace

sayama starbucks

The Sayama Irumagawa branch of Starbucks has a terrace. However, the terrace is smaller than expected. There are 3 larger tables on the south end of the table which seat three people comfortably. On the east of the shop there are 4 two seater tables. There is a grass area around the terrace.

However, the terrace gives an unspoiled view of a cluster of somei yoshino cherry blossoms to the North east of the premises. You can also see the cherry blossom wood on the south. Moreover, the terrace is right beside the playground. So if you are visiting with children you can watch them easily from the terrace.

Starbucks with a playground

Moreover, as part of the project, the city installed a playground right at the Starbucks. This was the first Starbucks in Saitama prefecture to get an outdoor playground. In fact, it will be one of only handful of Starbucks throughout Japan with an outdoor playground. As part of the partnership between Sayama City and Starbucks, the playground and the car park will be maintained by the city.

Starbucks with a drive through

The Sayama Branch of Starbucks has a drive through too. Unfortunately, traffic in the area is very bad, even before they opened this Starbucks. So if you don’t have to queue at the Starbucks drive through, chances are you will have to wait in traffic to turn into the branch and again to get back out.

‘Hanami’ Starbucks

This branch of Starbucks is ideal to get a take out for an hanami under the nearby cherry blossoms. Furthermore, you can enjoy the view of the cherry blossoms both from within the cafe and out on the terrace too. Moreover, Sayama City also organise food trucks in the park during the period of the bloom for an informal ‘Sakura matsuri’ (cherry blossom festival):

Irumagawa Nico Nico Terrace Cherry Blossom Festival

There are approximately 120 cherry blossoms here, along the Irumagawa River. The cherry blossoms are of the Somei Yoshino variety and typically bloom from the end of March to early April. In 2024 they are expected to start blooming around March 28th and reach full bloom around April 3rd. The ‘Nico Terrace Sakura Matsuri’ is scheduled to take place on Saturday March 30th, Sunday March 31st, Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th 2024 from 11 am to 8 pm. Official poster.

Don’t miss the Panfes and Koinobori in May:

In the area

This park is also a renowned viewing spot for the Iruma Air Show, which is held annually on November 3rd. The park is close to Aeon Sayama, which has a small indoor play area for children.(Disclaimer: I haven’t been there since 2021 so I cannot confirm the play area is still there). It is also located relatively close to the Kasumigaseki Country Club which hosted the Golf tournament of the 2021 Olympics. Chikozan Park and the Chikozan Children’s Zoo as well as the Saiboku headquarters with playground, hot spring and eateries are a short drive away.

Information

Starbucks Coffee Irumagawa Nico Nico Terrace Sayama City branch
Address:2910-1 Kashiwabara, Sayama, Saitama 350-1335. View on Google Maps.
Hours:7 am to 10 pm (the park is open 24 hours)
Cost:from about 500 yen
Online:Official web page

Access

The Starbucks is about a 20 minute walk from Sayamashi station (west exit best) on the Seibu Shinjuku line.

Other notable Starbucks in Saitama:

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3 Comments

  1. This looks great, I always appreciated Starbucks for their standard non-smoking atmosphere. It’s just a pity that my boys are too big for this place, but my nieces will love it!

    1. Author

      I like to treat myself to a frappachino every now and then, but amn’t a regular customer. But I do like the comfort and style of some of their branches.

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