Hello Kitty is one of the most beloved characters (brands) worldwide in the history. It’s is a fictional cartoon character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio, one of the well-known pioneers of Japanese pop culture which has been produced numbers of popular characters besides Hello Kitty such as Cinnamoroll, My Melody and Pompompurin.
The Hello Kitty franchise including a product line, clothing apparel, toys, manga comics, anime series, etc, are sold over 70 countries and there are hundreds of thousands fans across the world. Hello Kitty was created in 1974, and as of 2019, Hello Kitty is the second highest-grossing franchise of all time, having generated $80 billion in lifetime retail sales over four decades.
In Tokyo, there are several unique and exclusive spots which features Hello Kitty including a theme park with Hello Kitty attractions and a large Sanrio stores offering hundreds of Hello Kitty merchandise. If you are a Hello Kitty fan, you should definitely visit these spots in Tokyo to have the most wonderful Hello Kitty experience! So let’s take a look at the list of the best Hello Kitty spots in Tokyo in 2019!
1. Sanrio Puroland
Sanrio Puroland (サンリオピューロランド), a.k.a. the Hello Kitty Theme Park, is where every Hello Kitty or Sanrio lover must visit in Tokyo. It’s an indoor theme park dedicated to Sanrio characters which is located in Tama New Town, Tokyo. The park attracts over 1.5 million visitors annually with various shows, parades, attractions, and rides with popular Sanrio character theme such as Hello Kitty, Pom Pom Purin, Cinnamoroll and more. Of course, you’ll get a plenty of chances to meet Hello Kitty herself. There are also restaurants with character theme menu and souvenir shops with a large merchandise collection including limited items.
The super dreamy Hello Kitty hotel room is available at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama (京王プラザホテル多摩) which is located near Sanrio Puroland. The interior and furniture of the room is designed with colourful and pop Hello Kitty theme, and the limited edition Hello Kitty mascot toy and amenities are provided for guests. Moreover, there are two other Sanrio character rooms available at Keio Plaza Hotel Tama currently: My Melody and Little Twin Star.
Want to shop Sanrio products while travelling Tokyo?? There are over 100 Sanrio official shops in Japan and around 30 of them are located in Tokyo. The world’s biggest Sanrio flagship store, Sanrio World Ginza (サンリオワールドギンザ) is located in Ginza area, Tokyo with the largest selection of Sanrio character items in the world. The 2-story shop has a Hello Kitty dedicated section offering a variety of Hello Kitty merchandise including Japan-limited products. Tax free shopping is also available.
Hello Kitty Japan Divercity Tokyo Plaza Store (ハローキティジャパン ダイバーシティ東京 プラザ店) is one of the largest Sanrio shops in Japan, offering a wide variety of Hello Kitty and other Sanrio character products including limited ones. If you are shopping there, don’t forget to stop by at Hello Kitty no Kongariyaki, a small eatery next to the shop selling unique and cute character theme snacks such as Hello Kitty shaped cake, soft served ice cream and mochi cake.
Currently, there is no “permanent” Hello Kitty cafe in Tokyo (there are temporary ones occasionally), however, there is one in Kanagawa Prefecture, the neighbour of Tokyo. Hello Kitty Saryo (はろうきてぃ茶寮) is a traditional Japanese tea house style Hello Kitty cafe which is located in Enoshima, a small touristic islands off the coast in Shonan area. Hello Kitty Saryo offers a variety of cute, photo-worthy and delicious Hello Kitty theme Japanese dishes, desserts and drinks including Soba noodle, Matcha parfait and some of drinks and snacks are available for takeaway. The cafe also has a souvenir shop selling a wide variety of Hello Kitty products with the traditional Japanese design and many items are available only at this cafe.
Thanks for reading! I hope you have enjoyed my list of the best Hello Kitty spots in Tokyo! In Tokyo, not only that you can shop a wide variety of Hello Kitty products, but have unique experiences such as meeting Hello Kitty in real life, eating cute and photo-worthy character food and stay at themed accommodation! Don’t miss a chance to have exclusive Hello Kitty experiences only in Tokyo!
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