Photo/IllutrationAn artist's rendition of a new Starbucks shop along the front approach to Byodoin temple in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture (Provided by Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd.)

UJI, Kyoto Prefecture--U.S. coffee chain Starbucks is pulling out all the stops to blend in with its first cafe here, giving it a local tea culture theme and matching decor.

The coffee shop will be opened by the front gate of Byodoin temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on March 31, Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd. said on Feb. 7.

As the new outlet will occupy a space along the front approach to the temple, customers there can admire the fresh green of spring or colorful autumn foliage around the front gate and the Ujigawa promenade, which can be seen from the cafe.

Measuring 142 square meters, the one-story shop will have 41 seats inside and 19 seats outside.

The building will have a gable roof to match the surrounding scenery, and Uji tea culture-related features will adorn the building, such as an ornamental lid of an Uji tea chest, according to Starbucks officials.

Another cafe and a parking lot stood on the site until last year.

The Starbucks cafe will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with occasional closures.