Coffee House Waizu 和居津

While Ishigaki is a land of Awamori and Orion Beer, coffee is starting to occupy a small corner of its diverse food scene.  You will see many seaside cafes while driving on the coastal road, but for those scenic ‘cafes’, the quality of coffee beans is never the primary concern.

Mr. Yokoyama, the owner of Coffee House Waizu, thinks otherwise. Originally from Ibaraki prefecture, Mr. Yokoyama first came to Ishigaki as a tourist in 2013 and fell in love with the island immediately. It took him some years to make up his mind to move to Ishigaki, but when he finally did, he opened one of the most exquisite coffee house on the island.


This did not come easily. Having worked in one of the biggest Japanese electronics company all his life, Mr. Yokoyama knew a lot about the technical world, but very little on coffee and restaurant management. However, he overcame all the difficulties with his passionate pursuit for the perfect brew, and you wouldn’t have guessed that he started his journey on coffee only a few years ago.


His Waizu original blend is a mixture of Guatemala, Columbia, Brazil, and Mocha, finely balanced, with a subtle note of cacao and orange flower.  Today’s special cake, which was a soft and moist cream cheesecake, perfect match with the coffee. Though I was too full to try, the French toasts (on the table of the guest next to me) also looked amazing.



Perhaps the best thing about Coffee House Waizu is its at-home atmosphere. The café is inside a traditional Okinawan red-tiled roof house in the quiet residential area. You won’t even notice there is a café without the help of Google map. Mr. Yokoyama keeps the interior of the house the way it was, adding only the necessary furniture.

After all, he said, “less is more.” And we certainly can feel that in his brew.



Coffee House Waizu 和居津



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  • Drip coffee
  • Daily cake






 62 Ishigaki, Ishigaki City

  • ž   Great place for coffee-lover who wish to spend a quiet afternoon in traditional Okinawan-style house.
  • ž   Both counter seats and tatami seats are available.
  • ž   May not be ideal for big groups or family with young children

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