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23 Unique Themed Cafes in Tokyo – From Pokemon to Prison

by Viola
Fun themed cafes in Tokyo

Tokyo is probably one of my favourite cities in the world. I adore it because it’s always exciting, often quirky, and sometimes, downright weird. Following my article on fun themed hotels in Tokyo, I am bringing you another wacky post. This time, it’s all about the themed cafes in Tokyo. With the help of my fellow bloggers, I was able to compile this massive list. The cafes are organized into three categories: the cute, the interesting, and the WTF. You know, to accommodate y’all with different tastes and tolerance levels. Let us know in the comments if you have been to any themed cafes in Tokyo and/or which ones you are dying to go!

Note: This list does not include the cat cafe or owl cafe because of the questionable treatment of animals at these facilities. We don’t support animals being confined to small spaces.

 

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Themed Cafes in Tokyo – The Cute

Kawaii Monster Cafe

“Kawaii is the Japanese world for all things cute and aesthetic and no trip to Tokyo is complete without a visit to the Kawaii Monster Cafe. Stepping into the cafe is like sliding down a rainbow and entering the portal of another world. Everything is adorned in bright pinks and yellows, and yup even the meals are in crazy colours too. Though the food is pretty pricey and nothing to write home about, don’t be disappointed. Remember that you’re paying for the experience, and it certainly is an Instagram dream! If you time your visit well you can catch one of the performances. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see one on my visit but I’ve heard they’re great fun.”

– Efia from Effy Talks Life 

Address Kawaii Monster Cafe, 4 Chome-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 11:30-16:30 Mon- Sat, 11:00-20:00 Sun

Menu | Website/Booking

 

Pokemon Cafe

themed cafes in Tokyo - Pokemon cafe

This is the place where you can catch ‘em all! While there had been many pop up Pokemon cafes in Tokyo in the past, this one is here to stay permanently. Set in a bright modern space, next to the Pokemon Centre in Nihonbashi, the new Cafe would make any fan squeal in delight. There are so many cute merchandises and decor details to look out for. The chef Pikachu dolls are absolutely adorable. The food and drinks are of course also Pokemon themed. Pikachu’s Plate seems to be the crowd favourite. The cafe sometimes has special menus, like the limited-time only Detective Pikachu menu. Pro tip: You MUST make reservation for your visit to the Pokemon Cafe. It is mandatory. There is no rocking up and expecting a seat on demand. (I learned this the hard way) Visit the official website here to make your reservation. 

Address Pokémon Café, 2 Chome-11 Nihonbashi, Chuo City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 10:30-21:00

Menu | Website/Booking

 

Cafe de Miki

It’s no doubt that Hello Kitty is a pop culture icon in Japan. There are several ways you can step into the sweet world of Kitty-Chan in Tokyo. You can visit Puroland Theme Park, the home of Hello Kitty and other beloved Sanrio characters. You can stay in the over the top Kitty Town room at the Keio Plaza Hotel. Or you can stop by Cafe de Miki, the Hello Kitty cafe in Odaiba. The last is definitely the cheapest and quickest option 😛 Cafe de Miki follows a theme about Hello Kitty in London. Did you know that Hello Kitty is supposed to be born in Britain? Apparently, British culture was popular at the time Hello Kitty was created in the 70s. Who knew?! Anyways, cuddle up with a stuffed Kitty doll, order a special Kitty’s green tea latte, and enjoy all the gloriousness that is Hello Kitty.

Address Cafe de Miki, 1 Chome-1-10 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan

Opening Hours Permanently closed!

***Update: Cafe de Miki is now permanently closed. Boo!***

 

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Moomin House Cafe

Moomin House Cafe Tokyo

“For some reason, the Japanese are obsessed with the Finnish characters called Moomins. These hippopotamus-like creatures have been around since the 1940s and have had a lot of animated adaptations. And now, in the heart of Tokyo, there is a café dedicated to them. There are simple tributes to the Moomins in the café – food that is shaped like them, art in the likeness drawn onto the top of your coffee, posters on the wall. But the quirkiest Japanese element is that you can have one of the Moomin characters join you at your table. Well, a large stuffed toy version of the character at least.

Some people will tell you that it’s about combating loneliness – that people can go to the café alone but feel like they have company because a Moomin is sitting with them as they drink a cup of coffee. But I’ve mainly seen people who are with a friend or two choose to have the toy with them for something a bit fun.

Regardless, I think this is one of the nicest things to do in Tokyo if you want to visit an odd cafe. It’s wholesome and cute, without any staff needing to play a part in the theme.”

– Turtle from Time Travel Turtle

Address Moomin House Cafe, 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 8:00 – 22:30

Website/Booking

 

Cinnamoroll Cafe

cinnamoroll cafe Tokyo

“Japan is known for many super cute character series but Cinnamoroll has to be one of the sweetest of them all (pun fully intended). He’s a small, white puppy with long white ears and a cute tail that curls up just like a cinnamon roll. Get it now? He’s now got his very own cafe dedicated to him in Tokyo’s Shinjuku area where you can order Cinnamoroll-inspired food and drink. Seriously everything either comes in the shape of Cinnamoroll’s face or with a print of his face on it – the detail is incredible! Both savoury and sweet options are available so swing by here for lunch, dinner or a coffee date. There are Cinnamoroll egg omelettes, sundaes, rice plates, cakes, sodas, cappuccinos and more. Even the toilet seat has a picture of Cinnamoroll on it! And yes it’s one of those snazzy Japanese toilets with 50 different buttons. 

There are also Cinnamoroll-themed products available to purchase if you want to take a slice of him home with you too! Fair warning – he’s so cute that he attracts hoards of tourists and Japanese students alike and you may have to queue for a table.”

– Laura from What’s Hot Blog

Address Cinnamoroll Cafe, 3 Chome-1-26 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 11:00 – 21:00

Menu | Website/Booking

 

Alice in Fantasy Book

There are currently 5 Alice in Wonderland themed restaurants in Tokyo, if that gives you an indication of how hugely popular this children’s fantasy story truly is. The one in Shinjuku is a convenient location to get to. From the moment you step through the book cover-shaped door, you have fallen down the rabbit hole. Storybook wallpaper depicting scenes from Alice in Wonderland, waitresses dressed in Alice’s costumes, kawaii food like Caterpillar sushi rolls and Cheshire Car parfait are just some of the many things to look forward to. This would be the perfect place for a fun date or a girls tea party. Make sure to reserve in advance. Booking can be made online or over the phone.

Address Alice, 1 Chome-6 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 17:00-24:00 Mon-Fri, 16:00-24:00 Sat-Sun

Menu | Website/Booking

 

PomPomPurin Cafe

PomPomPurin is a cute yellow dog who wears a French beret. He belongs to the Sanrio family, the same company that created Hello Kitty. Because he is pudgy and pudding-like, his name is “Purin”. Kids and adults in Japan all adore PomPomPurin. There are currently three PomPomPurin cafes in Tokyo. The original location is in Harajuku, the center of Japanese Kawaii culture. Be ready to stand in a long queue with many excited high school girls. It would be highly wise to visit on a weekday during a time that is not close to lunch or dinner.

Address Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku, 1 Chome-1-7-1 Jingumae, 渋谷区 Shibuya City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 11:00 -21:00

Menu | Website/Booking

 

Peanuts Cafe

Certainly, the PEANUTS franchise needs no introduction. Join Snoopy and his friends at this American west coast vibe cafe near Tokyo’s Nakameguro station. You can enjoy food like hot baked marshmallow (like the ones Snoopy ate at camp) while you read comics off the wall for hours. Ooh, childhood nostalgia! The second floor, filled with many collectors’ antique toys, is also a fun place to browse. For those with a true passion for PEANUTS and a big budget, also consider staying at the luxurious Snoopy themed room at the Imperial Hotel.

Address Japan, Tokyo, Meguro City, Aobadai, 2 Chome−16, PEANUTS Cafe

Opening Hours 10:00- 22:00

Menu | Website/Booking

 

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Fujiko F. Fujio Museum Cafe – Doraemon Cafe

The Doraemon cafe is a part of the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, which is a day trip away from Tokyo. The museum is dedicated to the work of Fujiko F. Fujio, the manga artist who brought to life the loveable blue robot cat character that is Doraemon. After visiting the beautiful exhibitions, recharge at the cafe on the third floor. I always wished I had Doraemon’s “Anki-Pan” AKA memorization bread, as a kid. And guess what, they have it at this cafe! Other handsome possibilities from the menu include Gian’s Combo Plate,  Doraemon’s Taco-style Rice and more. See the full menu here. This is another restaurant where you need to book in advance as tickets are not sold on site. You can purchase tickets online or in LAWSON convenient stores.

Address Fujiko F Fujio Museum, 2 Chome-8-1 Nagao, Tama Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan

Opening Hours 10:00-18:00, Tue Closed

Menu | Website/Booking

 

Straw Hat Cafe – Studio Ghibli Cafe

The Ghibli Museum is a must visit for fans of Hayao Miyazaki, the father of Japanese anime films. The museum delights visitors with characters from Ghibli classics like Totoro and Laputa Castle in the Sky, in an atmosphere that is full of nature and imagination. Food scenes always played a big part in Miyazaki films. The museum even had a special exhibition showcasing memorable meals from Ghibli movies: Chihiro’s rice ball in Spirited Away, Howl’s fried bacon and eggs in Howl’s Moving Castle, etc. So naturally, the museum also has a cafe. At the Straw Hat Cafe, you can eat real food that were featured in Ghibli stories. The cafe’s osusume or recommendations are the jumbo fried pork cutlet sandwich and the strawberry shortcake.  Although the food theming of Straw Hat Cafe doesn’t seem as over the top as some of the other themed cafes in Tokyo, the carefully prepared fresh meals and restaurant setting mirror the feeling of Ghibli creations: simple, natural, warm.

Address Straw Hat Cafe (Ghibli Museum Cafe), 1 Chome-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 11:00-18:00, Tues Closed

Menu | Website/Booking

 

Shirohige’s Cream Puff Factory – Totoro Cream Puff Cafe

For those who really want to see a literal interpretation of Ghibli characters in food, check out Shirohige’s Cream Puff Factory in Setagaya. Opened by Hayao Miyazaki’s sister-in-law, this place sells cream puffs shaped like Totoro! Although the space is small, people come from far and wide to eat these adorable Totoro treats. You can sit down and dine in the cafe upstairs called TOLO or purchase your cream puff to go in the bakery downstairs.

Address Shirohige’s Cream Puff Factory – Kichijoji, 2 Chome-7-5 Kichijoji Minamicho, Musashino, Tokyo

Opening Hours 11:00-19:00, Tues closed

Website/Booking

 

Gundam Cafe

Located in Akihabara, the Mecca for Otakus, the Gundam Cafe attracts people who love robots and the idea of a futuristic world. The Gundam anime series is hugely influential in Japan, kind of like Marvel or Star Wars in the west. Unfortunately, if you are not familiar with the Gundam universe, the thematic food presentation probably won’t make much sense to you. And the taste won’t impress you either. However, if you are somewhat of a sci-fi fan and wandering in the area anyways, why not stop by the cafe and check it out.

Address Gundam Cafe, 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 10:00-22:30

Menu | Website/Booking

 

ONE PIECE Cafe

Another place to hang out for manga anime nerds! (I mean that in the most respectful way possible) The ONE PIECE Cafe, is located on the first floor of Tokyo Tower. In addition to having a meal here, guests can peruse the ONE PIECE comic collection, which has 600 books! Better order a coffee, we are going to be here for awhile.

Address One Piece Tower Tokyo, 4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 10:00 -22:00

Menu | Website/Booking

 

Themed Cafes in Tokyo – The Interesting

Maidreamin

Tokyo is infamous for the mysterious maid cafes. The idea of being served by girls dressed as maids seems really weird to some. But actually, there is nothing kinky or shady about these businesses. They are real cafes that serve food and they are family friendly. Maidreamin is arguably the most well-known maid cafe chain. Having a meal here means it’s mandatory to wear funny animal ears and say “nyan” (the sound cat makes in Japanese like “meow” in English) whenever you speak to the maids. The food is also designed to make you go “kawaii!”

Address Maidreamin’ Shibuya, 30-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 13:00-23:00

Website/Booking

 

Robot Restaurant

Themed cafes in Tokyo - Robot Restaurant

“Located in the Shinjuku area, the Robot Restaurant is an eclectic show, complete with singing, dancing and, of course, robots! There are a total of four different acts to enjoy. The show has lot of live music, dancers, singers, lasers, whizzing giant robots, and unlimited quirkiness throughout all acts. It’s like stepping into an alternate reality, and gives an interesting insight into Japanese music & performance culture. You can opt to try their various interesting light in the dark cocktails, a beer, popcorn, or even a delicious bento box to enjoy during the show as a snack. Since you already purchased tickets for the show, buying something to eat or drink is not necessary. I suggest instead of buying tickets at the venue, try to look online for some deals, as sometimes you may find tickets for up to 35% off. After the show, you can pose with the performers and take lots of pictures.”

– Aneesha from Omnomnirvana  

Address Robot Restaurant, 1 Chome-7-7 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan

Booking

 

Rokunen Yonkumi – School Izakaya

Miss those good old school days? Travel back in time and become an elementary student again at Rokunen Yonkumi, a school themed izakaya in Shinjuku. The name of the izakaya literally means “Class 4 of Grade 6” and the whole atmosphere really feels like a classroom. Black boards, little chairs, crayon drawings, country flags…From someone who taught elementary school in Japan for two years, I say they did a very good job of keeping the theme authentic. If you are a foreigner visiting Japan for the first time, this is an interesting opportunity to observe Japanese school culture. You may even be asked to do a pop quiz in Japanese! If the thought of a quiz makes you nervous and stressed out, you can order one of the alcoholic drinks served in test tubes, just like in Science class. 😉 

Address 6nen 4kumi Shibuya, 32 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 17:00-23:00

Menu | Website/Booking

 

Ninja Akasaka

Themed cafes in Tokyo - ninja akasaka

“Ninja Akasaka has to be the most unique restaurant I’ve ever been to… in the world. To start, you are greeted at the host stand by a ninja guide, who then leads you on a ’journey’ through dark hallways to get to your room for dinner. Yes, your room, not your table. Each dining experience is private in a ninja-themed room with your own waiter/waitress. You can choose from a variety of set menus (with courses already chosen) or you can order a la carte. We ended up having so many courses in our meal, that we lost count! The Yamato Spirit Course is recommended for first-timers and features 11 dishes. Everything we ate was both beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. My favorite courses included the ninja star crackers with paté, the stone-boiled soup, the seafood that was lit on fire, and the frog-shaped cheesecake. It was incredible! Our meal ended with a visit from the ninja master, who performed a few tricks for us at our table. Definitely a unique experience and one that you should try!”

– Danielle from Wanderlust on a Budget

Address Ninja Akasaka, 2 Chome-14-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 17:00- 22:30 Mon- Sat, 17:00-21:45 Sun

Menu | Website/Booking

 

8Bit Cafe – Video Games Cafe

One more cafe for my nerds. Walking into 8 Bit Cafe is like intruding on somebody’s dream man cave. Filled with figurines, comics, and games, this is a place you can potentially spend all day in. There is an extensive game collection available for guests to play. So come with friends and have yourself a games night. Don’t expect too much from the food though. It is more about the experience points here.

Address 8bit cafe, 3 Chome−8, Shinjuku City, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Website/Booking

 

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Hananomai Ryogoku Kokugikanmae – Sumo Restaurant

Hananomai Ryogoku brings diners into the world of sumo wrestling, Japan’s national sport. The restaurant features decors from the Edo period, a time when watching sumo was a very popular past time. At the centre of the Hananomai is a big dohyō, or sumo ring. This is where all the entertainment happens. Guests are treated to singing and drum performances one would traditionally see at tournaments, and of course, sumo wrestling. In terms of the food, Hananomai is not stingy with their all you can eat and all you can drink menu. The must try is the Chanko Nabe: a stew that sumo wrestlers eat to gain weight. No one is allowed to be on a diet here!

Website 

 

Themed Cafes in Tokyo – The WTF

Vampire Cafe

Tired of the cutesy themes and ready for something more creepy cool? Enter the Vampire Cafe in Ginza. The haunted house-like interior has a black and red color scheme, decked out in blood stained skeletons, shattered mirrors and other goosebump inducing elements. Food comes with lovely appetizing names like “Tragic execution of traitor by burning to death” (fire roast chicken) and “Dark sorcery using flame harbouring the devil” (margherita pizza).  The servers are dressed up like pale-faced vampires. If you ask, they just might take a selfie with you.

Address Vampire Cafe, 6 Chome-7-6 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 17:00-23:30

Website/Booking

 

Yurei Izakaya -Ghost Bar

Ever wonder what it’s like in the afterlife? Yurei Izakaya will take you on a trip to the underworld. A short walk from Kichijoji Station and you will find yourself in the back alleyway where this spooky bar is located. A ghost hostess will greet you (You can tell she is a ghost because of the white kimonos with the right collar overlapping the left collar) and your death commences. You can request for your funeral to be held and the staff will gladly hold a ceremony for you with the coffin in the middle of the restaurant. While Yurei is eerie, it’s fun with morbid humor. The food is nothing special though. So be ready to have a second meal before or after.

Address Yurei, 1 Chome-8-11 Kichijoji Minamicho, Musashino, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 17:00-25:00

Website/Booking

 

The Lock-Up -The Prison Izakaya

Never thought people would voluntarily go to prison but this Izakaya pretty much got people to do just that. The Lock-up is a jail-themed restaurant that will give you a taste of inmate life. Get handcuffed by “police officers” and be escorted to dine in dark metal bar cells. Three times a night, the restaurant even has a blackout and releases a monster (A staff member in costume. Not a real one don’t worry) to roam the hallways. For the easily frightened, this “show” might be disturbing enough to make you pee your pants. The food at Lockup is reputed to be mediocre. Is that meant to imitate real prison food or just poor cooking? You decide. 

Address The Lockup, 1 Chome-16-3 Kabukicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, Japan

Opening Hours 17:00-24:00 Mon-Fri, 12:00-24:00 Sat-Sun

Website/Booking

 

Alcatraz ER – The Hospital Restaurant

You might never want to meet a nurse ever again after going to Alcatraz ER. This restaurant is not themed to be any regular hospital, but a PRISON HOSPITAL. *Dun dun dunnnn So this is similar to The Lock-Up prison izakaya, but kind of even more intense? The dining rooms are steel cold cells with subtle signs that mentally disturbed people lived there previously. Observe handprints and graffiti on the walls. *shivers “Nurses will serve you “pills” (trail mix) in paper cups as snacks. For drinks, you can choose one of the delightful cocktails, which your nurse will stir for you with a dildo. Wait what? Um ya WTF….This is for sure not a children-appropriate restaurant. There is also a terrifying show featuring psycho jail mates and a clown…Don’t know about you, but so many NOPES from me. 

Address Sakai 150-0043 Shibuya 13 Ward Dogensaka 2-13-5 Harvest Building

Opening Hours Permanently Closed!

***Update: Alcatraz ER is now permanently closed. Too many traumatized customers maybe?…***

 

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Themed cafes in Tokyo Summary

Some general rules of thumb to abide by when visiting themed cafes in Tokyo: 1. Don’t expect too much in terms of how the food taste. It’s all about the presentation. 😛 2. Reserve your spot in advance if possible. In some cases, it’s mandatory. 3. Go ham and let your imagination run wild!

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6 comments

Lisa May 25, 2019 - 4:15 am

We got to a couple of these while in Tokyo. There were definitely some WTF moments!

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Kay May 25, 2019 - 8:47 am

THIS IS THE BEST!! Ugh The cool cafes are what I miss the most *cry emoji*

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Maartje May 25, 2019 - 9:52 am

Went to Kawaii monster cafe, LOVED IT!!

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Alexine May 25, 2019 - 2:14 pm

Wow! what a compilation! Finally, I have a guide now to look up to. My partner and I are planning to visit Japan pretty soon. And as an Animé love these includes to our bucket list. Love it!

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Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad May 25, 2019 - 3:43 pm

OMG these are amazing!!! I’m going to Japan next year and I basically want to do as many ridiculous things as possible! Including ALL OF THE THEMED CAFES. Hahaha.

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Travelereve May 26, 2019 - 8:03 am

I didn’t know there are so many different kinds of theme cafe in Japan. The Totoro Cream Puff Cafe & Moomin House Cafe really interest me! The tortoro cream puff are really too cute to be eaten!

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