Kotatsu cafes and restaurants   こたつカフェ・こたつレストラン

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kotatsu in  Tsubame cafe, Kamakura

A kotatsu in Tsubame cafe, Kamakura

  Tsubame cafe, Kamakura

Tsubame cafe, Kamakura

The kotatsu, a low table to eat warm in the cool winters.

The kotatsu, a low heated table to keep you warm during cold winters.

Kotatsu at Cafe Stay Happy in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

All the comforts of home

In Japan, the kotatsu symbolizes not only the warmth but also the conviviality, comfort, and simple pleasure of being with family around a table. For a long time it was the central element of the washitsu (Japanese room with tatami mats) and often one of the only sources of heat in the home. In recent years, it has started appearing at cafes or restaurants during the winter.

Kotatsu at Cafe Stay Happy in Shimokitazawa (Tokyo)

A kotatsu is a low table with a heating system underneath. The table is covered with a blanket or a duvet that drapes over the sides, and a wooden tray holds the blanket in place. You put your legs under the table and blanket, and enjoy warm legs and a cushion to sit on - you can read, watch TV or lie down to take a nap! A symbol of conviviality, it's around a kotatsu that the Japanese family meets to enjoy winter dishes such as nabe, or other sharing dishes.

Read : Japanese winter foods

Here is a list of some restaurants or cafes that had the good idea to integrate this winter-friendly furniture into their establishment:

  • Ryogoku Terrace Café

You can enjoy healthy and nutritious Japanese dishes here. In the evening, the nabe is the star of the show. In winter, the terrace is closed and filled with kotatsu, allowing guests to enjoy an original experience while admiring the view of the Kyu Yasuda Garden.

Monday to Friday from 11:30 to 14:30 and 17:30 to 22:00. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: from 11:00 to 22:30.

Address: 1-12-21 Yokozuma, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-5608-7580

Access: Ryogoku station on Sobu and Oedo lines


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  • Cafe Stay Happy

The owners are globe-trotters, and have done everything they can to make their customers happy in their establishment: hammocks and kotatsu invite you to feel comfortable and relaxated. You can eat meals based on organic products, enjoy lattes or wines chosen by a sommelier.

Monday to Saturday from 13:00 to 23:00, 22:00 on Sunday.

Closed on Tuesday and the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Address: 2F, 2-29-14 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku Tokyo. 1st floor (2nd in Japan).

Access: Shimokitazawa Station. Odakyu & Keio lines Inokashira.


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  • Totoshigure Shimokitazawa

A izakaya with a very cozy atmosphere offering seafood and kotatsu in winter. These are very popular, so it's a good idea to book ahead if you want to enjoy one.

Monday to Friday from 17:00 to midnight. From 15:00 to midnight on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Address: 5-30-12 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Access: Shimokitazawa Station. Odakyu & Keio lines Inokashira.

Healthy meal in Tsubame cafe, Kamakura

A healthy meal at Tsubame Cafe, Kamakura

  • Tsubame

A single little kotasu, but a unique atmosphere in this small restaurant located in a beautiful traditional Japanese house of 80 years, in the heart of Kamakura. The lunch menu offers a limited choice but the ingredients are guaranteed organic.

Closed Tuesdays and 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of the month (except holidays)

Open on other days from 10.30 to 17:00 and from 10.30am to 18:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Address: 3-2-27 Komachi, Kamakura-shi

Access: Approximately 10 minutes walk from the east exit of Kamakura Station, not far from Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine.

Tel: 0467-84-7025


  • Bane BAGUS

In winter, kotatsu are set up on the covered terrace of this restaurant which serves, among other things, hot nabe and shabu-shabu.

Address: 3 Chome-10-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 4F. 3rd floor (4th in Japan)

Access : 5 minutes walk from Akasaka station on the Chiyoda line or 1 minute from Akasaka-mitsuke station

Tel: 03-5561-6006


  • Bunbuku

Try two Japanese experiences in the same place: an izakaya and a kotatsu. A unique establishment that's a little out of the way, but worth the trip!

Open daily from 11:30 to 14:30 and 17:30 to 00:30.

Address: 3-31-3 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo

Access: 5 min walk from Mitaka Station

  • Yoyogi Curry

Just at the entrance of the busy Yoyogi Village which includes several restaurants, cafes and bars in the heart of Harajuku. You can enjoy original curries at a reasonable price (980 yen, about $9). From November to April, the terrace is closed and features kotatsu.

Open daily from 11:30 to 15:00 and from 17:00 to midnight.

Address: 1-28-9 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku

Access: 2 minutes walk from the west exit of Yoyogi Station on JR Yamanote and Sobu lines; a 1-minute walk from the A1 exit of Yoyogi Station on the Toei-Oedo Line or a 5-minute walk from Minami Shinjuku Station on the Odakyu-Odawara Line.


Comments Read comments from our travellers

kotatsu heater

The heater should be properly cover and enough high in term of height as one can accidentally burn the legs or even it could give serious burns.