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Only in Japan: Character Cafes in Tokyo

A journey through iconic themes and unique experiences

Japan is a treasure trove of unique cafes, offering experiences that cater to a wide array of interests and preferences.

These cafes provide services that go beyond the ordinary and are sure to leave unforgettable impressions on visitors. With character-themed cafes, like the Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku, Kirby Cafe in Tokyo Skytree, and Cinnamoroll Cafe in Shinjuku, there is something for everyone. If you are a fan of iconic characters, then these cafes are definitely worth a visit!

1. Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku

Pompompurin dessert
Pompompurin dessert (Photo: Hannari_eli / Shutterstock.com)

Pompompurin Cafe is a fun and lively venue that is inspired by the popular Golden Retriever character, Pompompurin. It is located in Harajuku, which is famous for its vibrant street art, youth fashion, vintage clothing stores, and cosplay shops. The cafe's interior is filled with cute Pompompurin decorations and offers themed food and drinks. It's the perfect place to come and enjoy the adorable world of Pompompurin with friends.

2. Kirby Cafe in Tokyo Skytree

Kirby Cafe
Kirby Cafe (Photo: kuremo / Shutterstock.com)

Kirby Cafe is a popular restaurant and store located on the fourth floor of Tokyo Skytree Solamachi. Here, you can meet the adorable Nintendo character, Kirby. The restaurant serves cute Kirby-themed drinks and food that can be enjoyed either in-store or as takeaway. To dine at Kirby Cafe, you need to make a reservation on the official website as the restaurant operates on a reservation basis. Along with delicious food, the store also offers a variety of cute Kirby merchandise for fans to purchase. So, if you're a Kirby fan, don't miss out on visiting Kirby Cafe for a unique dining experience!

3. Cinnamoroll Cafe in Shinjuku

Cinnamoroll drink
Cinnamoroll drink (Photo: Hannari_eli / Shutterstock.com)

If you're looking for Sanrio's beloved character, Cinnamoroll, a furry white dog, you can find him at the Shinjuku Cinnamoroll Cafe. The cafe not only offers Cinnamoroll-themed food and drinks for both dine-in and takeaway but also hosts limited-edition events such as Valentine's Day, birthdays, and seasonal events. You can also purchase exclusive merchandise that is only available at the Shinjuku Cinnamoroll Cafe. Enjoy a special time surrounded by Cinnamoroll!

4. Pokemon Cafe in Nihonbashi

Pokemon pancakes
Pokemon pancakes (Photo: Hannari_eli / Shutterstock.com)

Pokemon is an immensely popular anime originating in Japan. Visitors to the Pokemon Cafe in Nihonbashi can enjoy food, such as pressed sushi and curry, and drinks inspired by Pokemon while being surrounded by cute Pokemon-themed interior designs. In addition to the delightful menu, visitors can purchase exclusive merchandise from the store, such as chef Pokemon and waitress Pokemon! However, it's important to note that to visit the Pokemon Cafe, you must make a reservation online in advance.

5. Final Fantasy Eorzea Cafe in Akihabara

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Special dish (Photo: aporlo / Shutterstock.com)

If you are a fan of the Final Fantasy video game series, you may want to check out the Final Fantasy Eorzea Cafe in Akihabara. This cafe is a collaboration between Final Fantasy XIV and Pasela Resorts. The cafe's interior and menu are designed to recreate the game's world and characters. You can try unique food items inspired by the game's characters and dishes that appear in the game. The cafe features both regular menus and special event menus that change periodically. While it is not necessary to make a reservation, it is recommended and can be done online through their website.

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