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 best “permanent” character cafes in Tokyo available in 2020!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.