What is the best theme restaurant or cafe in Japan?

Asked by Geoff Day · 6 years ago

I know there is not a "best", but with everything from cats, robots and ninjas to choose from I am looking for a few recommendations.

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Answered by Susan Tumanon · 5 years ago

We went to the Ninja themed restaurant in Kyoto. Its in downtown Kawaramachi so its very accessible. There are usually ninja dressed employees standing in front of the restaurant. You can take pictures with them (we did). We had a buffet dinner, costs 1500 yen for 2 hours. Here is the link - http://ninja-kyoto.co.jp/en/sweets/sweets.php

Answered by Martyn Bissett · 6 years ago

I usually take visiting friends to Lock-up which is a prison theme izakaya. I've only been to the one in Ikebukuro but I think they also have some in Shibuya and Shinjuku. They have a selection of bizarre drinks and food as well as a prison break every 2-hours or so with actors dressed in costumes. Great fun!


Answered by Bonson Lam · 5 years ago

This is not a themed restaurant per se, but the real thing. Run by a scholar of Samurai history and philosophy, there is much to learn here. http://en.japantravel.com/view/kyoto-shishin-samurai-cafe-and-bar

Answered by Julia Singh · 6 years ago

If you are in Tokyo, there is a sumo themed restaurant called "Hananomai". It is right across from the Ryogoku Kokugikan (the Ryogoku Sumo Hall) and close to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. The restaurant has a raised sumo ring right in the center. There are paintings of sumo wrestlers, and everything sumo everywhere. Tables are around the rings and there are a bunch of dining rooms in the back and also towards the front of the restaurant. The restaurant serves izakaya type food; with lots of options to choose from. Food is quite good. There are performances in the sumo ring on Saturdays at 6pm.

Answered by Olga Kaneda · 6 years ago

Personally I like Moomin cafe and Alice in Wonderland-themed cafes. A bit on the animation side :) 

Answered by Victoria Vlisides · 5 years ago

I have yet to go to either, but the I heard the Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajyuku and the Rilakkuma Cafe in the Tower Records in Shibuya are two new and good ones!

Answered by Isabelle Despert Okumura · 4 years ago

 I  don't know if it is the best but the Detective Café PROGRESS / 探偵カフェ PROGRESS is quite original!  There are real detctive who try to explain you about their activities (some speak English)  or ask you to resolve problems (trying to find hidden camers,etc). They serve drinks and some strange food as crocodile meat!

Some of the activities are free, some are not. There's also a 1000yen table charge but it's quite fun.


Everyday from 7pm to 4am (irregular closing day)

Saturdays and sundays , it opens as a café  from 11:30am to 5:30pm


Détective Café PROGRESS / 探偵カフェ PROGRESS

Adress : 9th floor, Kizuna Building II 2-47-12 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Tel : 03-6698-2263

Access : Ikebukuro station, North exit


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