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. In this article, I have picked the best “permanent” character cafes in Tokyo. Let’s check them out!
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. 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
4. 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)
5. 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
6. 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/
7. Chiikawa Restaurant
The first permanent restaurant of Chiikawa, a Japanese manga series written by Nagano and serialized online via Twitter since 2020, has opened in Ikebukuro Parco in late 2023. With the concept of “Family Restaurant” and the hope that people of all age can enjoy, the Chiikawa Restaurant (ちいかわレストラン) offers a menu that guests can immerse into the Chiikawa world. In addition to the grand menu, the cafe also serves some limited-time items including popular dishes and drinks served in the temporary Chiikawa Cafe from the past as well as Christmas desserts. At the merchandise store, you can find a variety of Chiikawa goods including many cafe original items.
Access: short walk from Ikebukuro Station
8. miffy café tokyo
miffy café tokyo opened in Daikanyama, Tokyo in November 2023 as a permanent cafe focusing on the book series of Miffy, drawn and written by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. The cafe embodies the world of Miffy in Daikanyama area, which has an affinity with the beautiful natural environment of Utrecht, where Dick Bruna was born and raised. With the concept of “the cafe where you can feel and experience the art of Miffy through the food”, the cafe offers a menu that are inspired by the world of Miffy. The takeout menu and original merchandise are also available at the cafe.
Access: short walk from Daikanyama Station
Official Website: https://miffy-cafe-tokyo.jp/
9. Sesame Street Market
Sesame Street Market (セサミストリートマーケット), the world’s first Sesame Street’s official complex of shop, cafe and workshop where you can shop, relax and play, opened in Ikebukuro Sunshine City in late 2023. At the cafe space, there are a range of cute and photo-worthy Sesame Street’s character themed food and drinks are served such as character donuts, sundae, sandwich, pizza and more.
Access: 6 mins walk from Higashi Ikebukuro Station
Official Website: https://sesamestreetmarket.jp/
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
11. Harry Potter Cafe
Harry Potter Cafe is located on the 1st floor of the multi-purpose complex building, Akasaka Biz Tower. The cafe is inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter for fans to gather and share their love and memories of Harry Potter stories. The magical and photo-worthy food and drinks including course dishes and takeaway items are available as well as the cafe’s original Harry Potter merchandise.
Access: 2 mins walk from Akasaka Station
Hours: cafe 11:00〜17:00, dinner 17:00〜23:00, takeaway 11:00～23:00
12. Disney HARVEST MARKET
Disney HARVEST MARKET (ディズニーハーヴェストマーケット) is situated on the 7th floor of the shopping complex Shibuya Hikarie. With the concept of “Japan Local”, the cafe offers seasonal Japanese delicacies in a fun and healthy way through the world of Disney. A range of delicious and healthy meals are on the menu which are low-calorie, low-salt and low-fat based on Disney’s nutrition guideline. The spacious store has a cafe and shop and filled with wood and green with the theme of harvest. In a relaxing and comfortable space, many original artworks of Disney characters can be found such as Micky Mouse and Donald Duck. There are private rooms perfect for private parties or celebrations.
Access: 3 mins walk from Shibuya Station
Hours: 11:00~20:00 (~21:00 on weekend and holiday)
13. Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe
Peter Rabbit Garden Cafe (ピーターラビットガーデンカフェ) is located in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo. The charming, English garden-like cafe reproduces the world of the best-selling book series, The Tale of Peter Rabbit with the entrance porch filled with flowers and green, and the cozy and relaxing dining space. Various dishes inspired by Beatrix Potter’s stories and characters are on the cafe menu such as afternoon tea, roast beef, cottage pie and herbal tea.
Access: 3 mins walk from Juyugaoka Station
Hours: 11:00～19:00 (~20:00 on weekend and holiday)
11. Moomin Cafe <<Permanently Closed>>
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
12. Lien de SAZAESAN <<Permanently Closed>>
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)
13. Shaun the Sheep Cafe <<Permanently Closed>>
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
Also check out the limited time pop-up character cafes in Tokyo!
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