Milky Way's amazing looking parfaits (Photo: Alexandra Dorovici)

Top 5 Theme Restaurants in Tokyo

An overview of Tokyo's best theme restaurants

Milky Way's amazing looking parfaits (Photo: Alexandra Dorovici)
By Camille Dufour-Blain    - 3 min read

One thing travelers adore in Japan is the amount of themed cafes and restaurants there are. From horror to sumo and ninjas, from video games to space and stars, here are some of the best themed restaurants Tokyo has to offer.

1. Hananomai

If you want an ‘’only in Japan’’ experience, this Sumo-themed izakaya (Japanese restaurant) is the one for you. At Hananomai, eat and drink in a traditional Japanese ambience and enjoy performances on the Sumo ring in the middle of the room. Both all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink are offered but, for the all-you-can-drink option, you have to notify them when doing your reservation.

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Place Hananomai (花の舞)
Access Less than 1 minute walk from the west exit of Ryogoku st. (turn left when you come out of the station)
Price Set course for ¥3,500, All-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink for around ¥4,000, menu items from ¥380 to ¥2,480
Opening Weekdays: 11:30-24:00 Saturday: 11:00-24:00 Sunday and Holidays: 11:00-23:00

2. Milky Way Café

The Milky Way cafe is a star-themed diner. The colorful but subtle decoration and the panoramic window with a nice view of Ikebukuro make for a very pleasant cafe. Take one look at the pictures of their astrology themed parfaits and I guarantee you will be sold. This cafe is recommended for anybody who wants to have a good time, relax and eat fantastic-looking treats.

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Milky Way Cafe in Ikebukuro

Milky Way Cafe in Ikebukuro

The Milky Way Café in Tokyo is a star-themed cafe serving delicious ice-cream. It has a wonderful view of Ikebukuro and is the..

Place Milky Way Café (パフェテラス ミルキーウェイ)
Acces 2 minutes walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro st. (exit number 35)
Price Around ¥900 per parfait or plate
Opening Everyday: 11:00-22:00 (last order 21:30)

3. Hunters Bar

Hot in the footsteps of the former Capcom Bar, its successor, Hunters Bar invites Monster Hunter fans into the fantasy world of the hunting action game franchise. A collaboration between Capcom and Pasela Resorts, both fans and newcomers alike can experience the fantasy video game in a new light thanks to this authentic inn setting!

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Hunters Bar

Hunters Bar

Hunter's Bar is a cafe in Shinjuku where fans of the fantasy multiplayer video game, Monster Hunter, get to immerse themselves..

Place Hunters Bar (モンハン酒場)
Access 2 minutes from Shinjuku Station
Opening Monday–Thursday, 17:00–23:00, Friday, 17:00-28:00, Saturday and day before public holidays, 11:00–28:00, Sunday and public holidays, 1100–23:00

4. Ninja Akasaka

​If you want to see the Japan of your imagination, go to this restaurant. There, you will be served by black-clad ninjas, entertained by magicians and amazed by the setting. The magical and mysterious food is also entertainment on its own. This ninja-themed restaurant is a bit pricey but it will make your inner child squeal with delight.

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Ninja Izakaya

Ninja Izakaya

Ninja Izakaya in Tokyo’s bustling business centre of Akasaka (be careful not to confuse it with the similar Asakusa) draws you..

Place Ninja Akasaka (忍者赤坂)
Access 3-minute walk from Akasaka-Mitsuke Station
Price Set courses from ¥​5,500 à la carte menu varies between ¥600 and ¥10,800 (average single plate price around ¥2,000)
Opening Weekdays: 17:00-25:00 (door closes at 22:30) Weekends and Holidays: 17:00-23:00 (door closes at 21:45)

5. The Lockup (Permanently CLOSED)

The Lockup is a haunted prison-themed restaurant. Dine in a locked cell, enjoy horror-themed food or drinks, get visited by monsters of all kind and have fun watching skits The Lockup staff has prepared for you. Definitely one of the best-themed restaurant experiences you can get in Tokyo.

The lock up cafe
The lock up cafe (Photo: Perri Silverstein)

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Olga 7 years ago
Interesting list of themed cafes! Especially Milky Way sounds interesting.