For many people around the world there is no better way to start the day than with a hot cup of coffee. Being on vacation is no exception. Although coffee can be purchased pretty much anywhere in Japan, including vending machines, some feel that it just isn’t the same as the freshly brewed selections that you’ll find at a shop. In that case you may want to pay Tully’s Coffee a visit.
Although a popular coffee chain in Japan today Tully’s Coffee got it start in the United States when an ambitious Tom Tully O’Keefe opened the first shop. It was 1992 in Seattle, Washington. Mr O’Keefe had big plans to rival a quick growing coffee chain also in Seattle known as Starbucks. Only a few short years later in May of 1998 Tully’s Coffee Japan was founded. Although the original plan to rival Starbucks didn’t quite go according to the plan set fourth my Mr O’Keefe Tully’s Coffee Japan turned out to be quite successful. Today you can find Tully’s Coffee locations throughout Japan including at the Freshta Mall in Iwakuni City.
One of the best things about Tully’s Coffee is that they have an extensive menu. In fact it’s almost more accurate to describe them as a counter service restaurant as opposed to simply a coffee shop. Although there are a wide range of beverages available to choose from at Tully’s Coffee you can also find sandwiches, pasta, hotdogs, pancakes, ice cream and even pizza on the menu. These items can be enjoyed at the many tables available or can be packed up as “take out”. Those who are very limited on time can also choose from an assortment of grab and go items that can be found at the counter near the registers.
When it comes to price Tully’s Coffee falls within the moderate range. For coffee and other beverages the prices are what you might expect from similar type coffee shops. These prices can range from ¥360 for a “short” to ¥510 for an “enorme” and vary from drink to drink. Food items also fall within the moderate range despite their gourmet quality and taste. This includes sandwiches and hotdogs that are under ¥400 as well as a variety of sets which are under ¥800. Portion sizes are also what can be described as moderate with most menu items leaving you satisfied and ready to continue on your with your adventure for the day.
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With such a wide variety of menu items available it can be difficult to pinpoint just when is the best time to visit Tully’s Coffee. Although any time of the day will surely be enjoyable breakfast is when they really shine. You simply can’t go wrong with one of their breakfast sets or pancakes which are often dressed with seasonal toppings. Morning is also an especially good time to visit because Tully’s Coffee opens earlier than other shops in the Freshta Mall. Ultimately this means more available parking, less crowds and quicker service.
Whether you’re a coffee lover or just in need of a midday pick-me-up Tully’s Coffee is a great place to stop by if you’re in Iwakuni City. They are open from 9:00AM to 11:30PM daily.
Address : Freshta Mall 1-2-38 Muronoki-cho, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Website (in Japanese) : http://www.tullys.co.jp