Tokyo Cafes: Fukadaso 深田荘

If you’re speeding by in Koto-ku’s gridded lego-block streets, you’re likely to miss this unassuming warehouse. That is, in part, the point. The owners kept the facade in cohesion with the neighbourhood and focused on a cozy interior that complimented the original structure. Fukadaso has been a community hub since it opened its doors in 2012, and with its short business hours and spacious seating, it is evidently a labour of love.

Fukadaso’s unassuming facade in Kiyosumishirakawa — Photo by Athena Lam

We arrived 10 minutes after they opened on Saturday to find a sign on the door requesting us to wait outside (with seats provided). This is a common sight in Japan. This is not only more comfortable for waiting guests, but also for the patrons inside, who will not be pressured with a lineup of uncomfortable people visibly at the doorway. Many Japanese places will ensure a maximum cap on guests to ensure a consistent, ambience and relaxed atmosphere.

Someone comes out every few minutes to greet and update new guests with the estimated wait time. They apologized to us for a 2-3 minute wait.

If yours is longer, you can flip through the menu, as you will need to order before you sit down. Most of the menu is in Japanese, but there are photos and you can always ask. They serve coffee, deserts, and various main dishes.

The sign on the door kindly asks the guests to wait outside once it’s full inside. — Photo by Athena Lam

On a chilly winter day, this is the perfect mellow cocoon of warmth and light jazz accompanying the lively, but subdued voices in the room. After some consideration over the various options, my sister and I ordered the original pancake that inspired our morning walk here.

At least one of the staff – the one with the round glasses and a warm smile who usually stands at the cash register – speaks excellent English, having come back from LA.

blankets japanese cafe
The retro leather sofas, chest table, and other upcycled and handcrafted wooden furniture. The red blankets are for guests in winter — Photo by Athena Lam

After ordering at the counter, you’re brought to your table, which just might be the comfy sofas with the chests! In the winter, you can help yourself to the stack of red blankets to keep yourself warm.

Sit back and relax. Now’s a good time to dig into your book, or connect to the WiFi and get to work.

Pancakes served with maple syrup for 600 JPY to satisfy a craving (not the Japanese fluffy type) — Photo by Athena Lam

The modest-sized fluffy pancakes served with maple syrup came in no time, still warm but not steaming. It’s perfect for a light breakfast or afternoon snack, and it comes with real maple syrup (win for us Canadians).

No matter the line-up, the staff never pressure you to leave. It’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon, soaking in the neighbourhood vibe.

The collection of wooden furniture including handmade, refurbished, retro — Photo by Athena Lam

The upstairs section can be rented out for events and meetings, and the main floor also has a projector for screenings.

Good For:

  • Coffee: Espresso, pour-over
  • Lunch, Afternoon Tea / Dessert, Early Dinner
  • Work: WiFi Available
  • Friends: Hangouts & catching up
  • Chilling and reading
  • People watching (from the window seats)


Address: Hirano 1-chome 9-7, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Hours (Closed Tues, Wed) Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun: 13:00-18:00
Fri: 13:00-21:30 (21:00 Last Order)
営業日【火・水 定休日】 月・木・土・日 13:00~18:00
金 13:00~21:30(21:00 L.O)

If you liked this post, check out the full list of Kiyosumishirakawa’s Cafes.

Athena Lam

A content marketing strategist and consultant. Passionate about storytelling for great teams and products. Co-founder of Business 3.0 (, Personal blog at

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