Tokyo Cafes: Kokonn


The signs clearly say cafe, but you almost wonder if you’ve mistaken when you look through the window. Kokonn’s shopfront is a store selling crafts such as pottery and tableware. It seems just like many other independent stores dotted throughout the residential Yanasen area.


However, when you go inside, you’ll see some shoes discretely placed at the back of the hallway. When you poke your head in, you’ll find a raised tatami mat seating area.

Kokonn is closer to a kissaten, or a lifestyle cafe, rather than a specialty coffee shop. What sets this place apart is its homey atmosphere. Once you’ve sat down, the modern concrete jungle melts away. You’re in a relic of old Tokyo and rural Japan, where shops and restaurants are on the ground floor.


This cafe is famous for its pork rice. If you order it as a set, it comes with coffee, served with a genrous size. They are also known for their sweet toast, served with ice cream. They also have a special coffee for 500 JPY which contributes to children’s education in rural Thailand.

Kokonn’s popular pork rice dish.


They have menus in English as well, which have their main items less the daily specials.

When you’re done, be sure to pop upstairs to the gallery, which has a European twist in one room, and a local designer collective in the other.


Good For:

  • Coffee: French Press
  • Meals & Cakes
  • Space: 3-4 square tables
  • Friends: Hangouts & catching up
  • Work: *not really ideal, but probably okay for an hour or two if on a weekday
Address: 6Chome-3-8 Yanaka, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
Closed (Wed)
Daily 9:00-19:00
9:00 ~ 19:00

If you liked this post, check out my map of cafes in North Tokyo.

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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