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
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
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!***
Moomin House Cafe
“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
“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
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
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
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
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
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