8 Coolest Restaurants in Tokyo

Cool and Weird Themed restaurants in Tokyo!

Visiting cool/unique themed restaurants is one of must-do things in Japan. Tokyo has built various kinds of themed restaurants in the last decade and now they are one of the major tourist attractions. You can find many weird and crazy themed places to dine. Check out our picks of the coolest theme restaurants in Tokyo!

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1. Alice in Fantasy Book, Shinjuku

Dine at the most fancy and magical restaurant in Tokyo! If you ever wish to be in the fairy-tale world, the dream can come true here in Tokyo. Alice in Fantasy Book (絵本の国のアリス) is an Alice in Wonderland themed cafe/restaurant located in Shinjuku area, offering delicious and photo worthy dishes and drinks as well as a fancy dining space inspired by the world of the popular fairy tale.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/jMCJYPq42eui9WVR6

Access: 3 mins walk from Shinjuku Station East Exit

Hours: lunch 11:30~14:30, dinner 17:00~23:00 (~22:00 on Sunday)

2. Curry Station Niagara, Yutenji

The beloved long-established themed restaurant in Tokyo, Curry Station Niagara (カレーステーション ナイアガラ) is run by a train geek owner. The shop is hugely adored by train geeks all around the world who come to see the owner’s collection of the railway related goods. The most unique feature of the restaurant is the mini sized railway on the counter with a small train that brings you food!!

Map: http://bit.ly/2Y3HJ7j

Access: 3 mins walk from Yutenji Station

Hours: 11:00~20:00 (Closed on Monday)

Website: http://www.niagara-curry.com/

3. Vampire Cafe, Ginza

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Tokyo’s spookiest the Vampire/Gothic themed restaurant, the Vampire Cafe (ヴァンパイアカフェ) is located in Ginza. The bloody red and jet black coloured interior with the mysterious coffins and chandelier takes you to the ghostly horror world. Enjoy dining their unique and creative Italian style dishes with original goth/horror themed cocktails.

Map: http://bit.ly/2ZWJkOc

Access: 4 mins walk from Ginza Station

Hours: 17:00–23:00(LO 22:00)

4. Zauo

The entertaining and interactive place to dine, Fishing Restaurant Zauo (釣船茶屋 ざうお) is a seafood restaurant with a massive fish pond. Guests can actually fish using a fishing rod and bait, and have their catches to be cooked right away with the way they like such as sushi, sashimi, grilled, deep-fried, etc. Enjoy fishing and eating freshly caught fish in the heart of Tokyo! Zauo has several branches across Japan including 4 branches in Tokyo (Shibuya, Shinjuku, Meguro and Kameido Eki Mae)

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5. Robot Restaurant/Samurai Restaurant, Shinjuku

The world-famous Robot Restaurant (ロボットレストラン) has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan. High-tech robots, neon-lights and girls in fetish costume.. all you ever imagine about the craziness of Japan is in one place. Following its closure in 2021, Robot Restaurant has made a triumphant return, reopening at its original Shinjuku location in May 2023. During the robot show, a tasty light meal such as robot sushi or steak bento is served with a drink.

More info: Robot Restaurant Reopened in Shinjuku

Despite the announcement of comeback, the Robot Restaurant is still closed due to technical issues and no reopening date has been announced. However, the venue is now open as “the Samurai Restaurant” showcasing an action-packed entertainment show with dancers, music and neon lights. If you wish to visit Robot Restaurant, the brand new Samurai Restaurant wouldn’t be a let down for you to experience the same craziness and excitements!

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Review: Samurai Restaurant to Open in Shinjuku

6. Ninja Shinjuku

The Ninja themed bar/restaurant in Roppongi/Akasaka area, Ninja Tokyo has newly opened their Shinjuku branch. It’s an amazing place to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine and be entertained at the same time. Ninja Shinjuku offers the innovative and great quality Japanese dishes including Wagyu Beef and seafood with the top-notch hospitality and entertainments with the motif of Ninja from Edo Period.

Map: http://bit.ly/2ZUl3s1

Access: 5 mins walk from Shinjuku Station West Exit

Hours: Lunch 11:30~15:00/Dinner 17:00~23:00

7. Hana no Mai

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The traditional Japanese sport, Sumo themed restaurant Hana no Mai (両国八百八町 花の舞) is located in the “Mecca of Sumo” Ryogoku area. The spacious dining area has an authentic Edo period style decor with the Sumo stadium-like seating and the actual Sumo field in the center where special Sumo shows take place. Try “Chanko Nabe” (hot pot dish) which is a traditional meal of Sumo wrestlers.

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Map: http://bit.ly/2PMXE6Z

Access: 1 min walk from Ryogoku Station

Hours: 11:00~24:00 (~23:00 on Sunday)

8. Kawaii Monster Cafe <<Permanently Closed>>

【Important Notice: Kawaii Monster Cafe is permanently closed】

If you are into Japanese pop/Kawaii culture, you can’t miss this one! The most colourful and pop place in Tokyo, Kawaii Monster Cafe is located in the center of Kawaii culture, Harajuku district, Tokyo. Kawaii Monster Cafe offers instagram-worthy menu such as rainbow spaghetti and unicorn pancakes in a super colourful dining space which is designed by the famous creator Sebastian Masuda. The themed show takes place in dinner time 4 times a week.

Map: http://bit.ly/2vL5wgt

Access: 5 mins walk from Harajuku Station

Hours: Lunch 11:30~16:30/ Dinner 18:00~22:30 (Monday to Saturday)11:00~20:00 (Sunday and Holidays)

Have you enjoyed the list?? Which restaurant do you wanna visit most?? For more unique spots to visit in Tokyo, please check out these articles, too!

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