"Kotatsu Terrace" to Try Traditional Heating Device
Dec 21 2015
Do you know kotatsu? It's a low table with a heat source, covered by a layer of futon (blankets). At Japanese houses where central heating systems are not common, kotatsu have been widely used to keep families warm as they gather at the table.
Recently smaller, individual-sized kotatsu are also available and tourists purchase them as their souvenir from Japan.
If you have never experienced and are intrigued to check how nice and cozy kotatsu is, go to "Bane BAGUS in Akasaka-mitsuke" and take their outdoor seat.
Will it be too cold to sit on the terrace?
Don't worry - you can't underestimate the power of kotatsu!
And rest assured - other heating appliances and the roof over the terrace will keep guests out the cold. Blankets will be provided upon request.
Eating "Nabe" (hot-pot cooking) on the Kotatsu Terrance - it is definitely an ultimate way to experience Japanese winter tradition!
Don't forget mikan (satsuma orange/ tangerine) for dessert. "Eating mikan in the kotatsu" is one of the most typical things to do on a cold winter's day for many Japanese.
■Shop Name: Bane BAGUS Akasaka-mitsuke-ten
■Address: Akasaka Gessekai Building 4th floor, 3-10-4 Akasaka, Minato 107-0052, Tokyo
■Access: one minute walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke station / five minutes' walk from Akasaka station
■Shop hour: 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. (Mon. thru. Sat.) / 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Sun. and holidays), open seven days a week
■Average cost (per person): 4,500 yen