Tokyo is a city not unheard of, with the metropolis being famous to many for the phenomenal landscapes of neon-lit skyscrapers and historical temples. The mixture of the ultramodern and the traditional cultures oozing in this city makes it evident why it is an exciting one for many to visit. Tokyo definitely has something for everyone, its seemingly unlimited choice of shopping, entertainment, culture and dining. Visit Tokyo’s Electric City of Akihabara, home to otakus and cheap electronics or visit the famous Shinto shrine of Meiji Temple in Shibuya. Of course, Tokyo has been known for its oddity in their modern culture ranging from its food and fashion. It is expected that this city will hold one of the world’s most unique restaurants. Read on to find out about our list of top 10 themed restaurants in Tokyo, Japan!
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1. Hedgehog Cafe
You have heard of dog cafes and cat cafes, but what about a hedgehog cafe? Located two minutes away from Shibuya station, this is a one-of-a-kind cafe that must be on every traveler’s to-do list. The magical-themed restaurant holds hedgehogs who will welcome you in their miniature homes, modeled on bathrooms, classrooms, and Japanese-style tatami rooms. You will be given the opportunity to play with the little furry animals, feed them and take photos with them as per the instructions of the staff. What better way to experience Japan’s adorable culture than to relax with these adorable furries?
Chiku Chiku Cafe
Address: Daikyo Shibuya Bldg 2F, 1-13-5 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
Contact number: +81 03-6450-6673
Website: Chiku Chiku Cafe
2. Vampire Cafe
It is Halloween all year round in this restaurant. Known as Japan’s spookiest restaurant, the Vampire Cafe is definitely the very definition of eccentric and unique. Adorned with blood red curtains, coffin-themed decorations and blood-stained mirrors, the dimly-lit atmosphere of the cafe truly makes one feel like they are in a vampire’s den. Guests will be welcomed and served by vampire hosts, who have also been praised for their incredible service. Of course, guests can also expect themed food, including the Bloody Rose cocktail and Fried Camembert on Crackers shaped in a cross. The restaurant is only open at dinner time at 5 pm and can be found in Ginza. After all, vampires only come out at night.
Address: 6-7-6 Ginza | 7th La Paix Building, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact number: +81 3-3289-5360
Website: Vampire Cafe
3. Kawaii Monster Cafe
The Kawaii Monster Cafe is the epitome of Harajuku’s cute and wacky culture. Designed by Japanese visual artist, Sebastian Masuda, he brings his psychedelic touch to the interior which is exploding with color and craziness. Expect to see giant illuminated heads of animals and milk bottles as well as a merry-go-round designed to resemble a cake, and that is only the beginning. Guests can sit in cake shaped booths or sit under the jellyfish at the bar. Guests will also be greeted by the Kawaii monster girls of the cafe, who will also perform dances and involve guests. Not to forget its food, the highlight of the cafe must be its rainbow-themed food including the Poison Parfait Extreme and Colourful Rainbow Pasta.
Kawaii Monster Cafe
Address: 4-31-10 Jingumae | 4F, YM Square Bldg, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact number: +81 3-5413-6142
Website: Kawaii Monster Cafe
4. Alice in Magical Land Cafe
Dive into the whimsical world of Wonderland! A very famous cartoon beloved amongst the locals, this Alice in Wonderland themed cafe will make you feel like you are experiencing Alice’s journey in Wonderland. Located in Tokyo’s suburb of Shinjuku, Alice in Magical Land cafe is one of the two branches of Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant in Shinjuku. Guests will be able to be seated by the furry green hedges found in the Red Queen’s garden or can be seated at the Red Queen’s banquet hall adorned with heart-shaped furniture. Themed foods include cocktails named after the characters in Alice in Wonderland as well as dishes shaped to resemble them!
Alice in Magical Land Cafe
Address: D1-5-1 Nishishinjuku | Shinjuku Nishiguchi Hulk B3, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact number: +81 50-7300-2380
Website: Alice in Magical Land Cafe
5. Moomin House Cafe
In this cafe, you will never be eating alone. That is because the Moomin House Cafe has come up with the most creative strategy of battling loneliness - by placing stuffed animal companions known as Moomins, characters created by Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, to sit with diners. Its ‘lonely-friendly’ concept went viral with international news outlets covering the cafe’s unique concept. To this day, there are three Moomin cafes in Tokyo, with the Tokyo Dome outlet being particularly popular among visitors. Guests can expect Moomin themed pancakes and breakfast meals as well as lattes with Moomin on it. This cafe is definitely too adorable to miss.
Moomin House Cafe
Address: Tokyo Dome City, 1-1-1 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Contact number: +81 03-5842-6300
Website: Moomin House Cafe
6. Pompompurin Cafe
Japan is home to the adorable characters of Sanrio. Given Sanrio’s perennial craze, one of Sanrio’s most popular and beloved characters, Pompompurin would naturally have its own cafe in the heart of Tokyo’s most kawaii suburbs, Harajuku. Pompompurin, a golden retriever who wears a brown beret, is known to resemble a pudding, which in fact is the character’s favorite food. The cafe has a very homey atmosphere with tiny furniture and, of course, Pompom Purin themed decorations adorning the area. The wide array of food is Pompom Purin themed with food items being shaped to look like the beloved character. Guests can expect featured dishes including Pompompurin’s Coconut Milk Chicken Curry and Pompompurin’s Mild-Tasting Beef Stroganoff which are not only cute but very delicious.
Address: 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3rd floor
Contact number: +81 3-5786-0770
Website: Pompompurin Cafe
7. 8-bit Cafe
Travel back to the 80s and re-live the nostalgia of the generation. The 8-bit Cafe, located in the heart of Shinjuku, is the retro gamer’s paradise. Guests will be astounded by the gaming paraphernalia adorning this cafe ranging from figurines to comics and posters. Retro gamers will be pleased to hear that there are also fully operational consoles readily available for use. Of course, what is a retro game themed cafe without its themed food? Guests can expect Super Nintendo-inspired concoctions such as ‘Dr. Mario’ and 'Princess Peach’s Temptation’ drinks as well as a wide array of food that will comfort the guest.
Address: Q Bldg. 5F, 3-8-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
Contact number: +81 3-3358-0407
Website: 8-bit Cafe
8. Robot Restaurant
Tokyo’s nightlife is one that is nothing but vibrant and this show is no different. The Robot Restaurant is an acclaimed tourist destination located in the heart of the famous Kabukicho District in Shinjuku. Upon entering, guests will be welcomed with bright lights, raucous music and tacky decor resembling an 80s Vegas lounge. Unlike most restaurants, this restaurant’s highlight is not its food but its one-of-a-kind dinner show featuring robotic monsters, band performances by performers dressed as robots and costumed girls with the most energetic spirits singing the latest hits. Guests can definitely expect a very bizarre 90-minute long experience.
Address: 1-7-1 Kabukicho | B2f, Kabukicho, Shinjuku 160-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
Contact number: +81 3-3200-5500
Website: Robot Restaurant
9. Railroad Bar
What happens when you combine a train museum, a maid cafe and an izakaya in one place? Located in Akihabara, the home of anime, the Little TGV train bar is a train-themed cafe and bar that will offer a truly unique experience. The cafe is adorned with train memorabilia and features original characters from the fictitious rail company called New Akihabara Electric Railway that can be seen throughout the cafe. Recycled train seats are used for the dining booths and guests will have a special ticket resembling a train ticket to order their food. Guests can also expect cute and cheerful staff dressed in train conductor themed maid uniforms to greet them and serve them.
The Little TGV
Address: 101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Sotokanda, 3 Chome−10−5 Isamiya Dai 3 Biru 4F
Contact number: (03)3255-5223
Website: The Little TGV
10. Samurai-themed Cafe
If you are interested in discovering Japan’s rich history while enjoying a good meal, head down to Sengoku Buyuden! Located in Shinjuku, this cafe is samurai-themed, featuring Japanese warriors from the Sengoku period during the 14th to 15th century. Upon entering, guests will feel like they are transported back into the old times of Japan with the cafe’s ambiance. Beautifully made armors and antiquated hanging scrolls are displayed to welcome guests into the Sengoku world. The food will also give you a taste of the olden times of Japan, featuring delicacies such as fresh-water clam bamboo steamer and kabuki miso cheese kushi. Be sure to check out the cafe’s Sengoku-style sake to get the full experience of living in the Sengoku period.
Address: T-wing building 4F, 1-6-2, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Contact number: +81 050-5890-1582
Website: Sengoku Buyuden
The quirkiness of Tokyo
Tokyo is definitely well-known for its outlandish and quirky culture that may seem too over-the-top for some. The themed restaurants are definitely an accurate reflection of their bizarre nature. However, that is what makes Tokyo a very exciting place to visit and their one-of-a-kind themed restaurants are ones that cannot be missed.
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