Best Character Cafes in Tokyo
Must-Visit “Permanent” Character Cafes in Tokyo
Character cafes are one of top attractions in Japan today. It’s a special cafe that collaborates with popular characters, games, movies, etc, and serves super cute decorated themed food and drinks as well as offering special merchandise collection. Especially in Tokyo, there are various kinds of character cafes available such as Pokemon, Snoopy, etc which are extremely popular.
Most of character cafes in Japan are open for limited time only to promote special events, newly released movies, games, etc, however, there are several character cafes that open permanently, and visitors can visit there and enjoy the special character menu anytime of the year. Today, I have picked the best “permanent” character cafes in Tokyo!
Also check out “limited-time only” character cafes in Japan!
▶ Must-Visit Character Cafes in Japan
1. Pokemon Cafe
Pokemon Cafe is located at Pokemon Center Tokyo DX & Pokemon Cafe (ポケモンセンタートウキョーDX ＆ ポケモンカフェ), 5F the East Building of Nihonbashi Takashimaya department store, Tokyo. Super cute Pokemon character themed food and drinks are available including Pikachu and Eevee, as well as the seasonal menu available only for a limited time of the year. Some of merchandise are only sold at Pokemon Cafe. The cafe is reservation only, so make to make an online booking in advance!
Access: Short walk from Nihonbashi Station or 5 mins walk from Tokyo Station Yaesu North Exit
Hours: Pokemon Center 10:30〜21:00 /Pokemon Cafe 10:30〜22:00
Booking link: https://reserve.pokemon-cafe.jp/
2. Cinnamoroll Cafe
Cinnamoroll Cafe (シナモロールカフェ) is a character cafe collaborating with the popular Sanrio character, Cinnamoroll. Colourful, photo-worthy and super cute Cinnamoroll themed food and drinks are served, and also seasonal limited menu is available through the year such as for summer, Halloween and Christmas. It’s located on 1F Shinjuku Marui Annex.
Access: 6 min walk from JR Shinjuku Station
3. Moomin Cafe
Moomin and his friends are one of the world’s most popular characters, and there are currently three Moomin themed cafes in Japan (two in Tokyo and one in Fukuoka). At Moomin Cafe (ムーミンカフェ), limited themed food, drinks and desserts are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Moreover, at Moomin Bakery & Cafe (Tokyo Dome City LaQua), Moomin themed bread and pastry are available. The cafe shops offers a wide variety of Moomin products from stationary to imported furniture.
Tokyo Dome City LaQua Store
Access: 3 min walk from Korakuen Station
Hours: 9:30～22:30 (weekdays), 8:00～22:00 (weekends and holidays)
Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Store (1F)
Access: short walk from Tokyo Skytree Station
4. Pompompurim Cafe
Pompompurin Cafe (ポムポムプリンカフェ) features the popular and adorable Sanrio character, Pompompurin. Currently, there are 4 themed cafe in total across the country: Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya and Osaka. The cafe is fully decorated with the Pompompurin theme and super cute food and drinks are available including some limited menu for season or in each store. The cafe also have a shop selling various Pompompurin products.
Access: 3 min walk from Harajuku Station
5. SANRIO CAFE
SANRIO CAFE (サンリオカフェ), the long-awaited, permanent SANRIO theme cafe has finally opened in Tokyo in 2020, offering exclusive menu in collaboration with adorable SANRIO characters including Hello Kitty, Gudetama, My Melody, Little Twin Stars, Pompompurin and more. Besides an eating space, the cafe also has a wagon corner for takeaway with handy takeaway dishes. The cafe’s original merchandise is also sold exclusively there.
Access: 8 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station
Hours: 10:00~21:00 (L.O. 20:00)
6. PEANUTS Cafe
Peanuts characters (Snoopy and friends) are one of the most beloved characters of all time, and their exclusive cafe is located by Meguro River (near Shibuya area), Tokyo. The Peanuts Cafe (ピーナッツカフェ) is a cozy and relaxing cafe inspired by the American west coast serving delicious and healthy cafe menu. The cafe shop offers various original PEANUTS products including mugs, bags and T-shirts.
Access: 9 mins walk from Nakameguro Station
7. Lien de SAZAESAN
Sazae san is a long-running Japanese TV animation aired from 1969, which currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running animated television series. Sazae san’s very own themed cafe, Lien de SAZAESAN (リアン・ドゥ・サザエさん) has opened in Sakura Shinmachi, Setagaya area, Tokyo in 2017. The cozy cafe serves some themed pastry and drink menu. The limited merchandise collection is also available at the cafe.
Access: 3 mins walk from Sakura Shinmachi Station
Hours: 10:30〜19:00 (closed on Monday)
8. Shaun the Sheep Cafe
Shaun the Sheep Cafe with Sunday Brunch (ひつじのショーンカフェ with サンデーブランチ) collaborates with the famous British clay animation character Shaun the Sheep. The cafe serves photo-worthy themed food, pastry and drinks, also the original themed products. Shaun the Sheep Cafe is located at 4F of Kichijoji PARCO near Kichijoji Station.
Access: 2 mins walk from Kichijoji Station
9. KIRBY CAFE TOKYO
The world’s first “permanent” KIRBY theme cafe, KIRBY CAFE TOKYO (カービィカフェ TOKYO) opened on 4F of Tokyo Solamachi next to Tokyo Skytree in December 2019. Delicious food with adorable KIRBY theme is only available at the cafe. There is also an official KIRBY store located on the 2nd floor of the building, offering a wide range of KIRBY products including some of limited items.
Access: short walk from Oshiage Station
Online Reservation: https://kirbycafe-reserve.com/guest/tokyo/
10. Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory
The official “Totoro” bakery cafe, Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory (白髭のシュークリーム工房) is situated in Shimokitazawa area, Tokyo, serving extremely cute and adorable Totoro shaped cream puffs with various delicious cream fillings. If you are a fan of Studio Ghibli movies, this is a must-visit place in Tokyo!
Access: 3 mins walk from Setagaya Daita Station
Also check out the limited time pop-up character cafes in Tokyo!
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