Must-Visit Character Cafes in Japan 2019

Best “limited time” Character Cafes in Japan 2019

Have you been to character cafes in Japan?? It’s a cafe collaborating with/themed by popular characters, anime, games, movies, etc, and serving special food and drinks. Numbers of character cafes open across Japan through the year, and they are one of top tourist attractions today.

Most of character cafes open for limited time only to promote special events and newly released movies, animation, etc, so if you want to visit your favourite character’s cafe, make sure to check the availability in advance to enjoy the exclusive themed food and drinks, and also shopping the special merchandise!

In this article, I have listed limited time pop up character cafes which are open in 2018-2019 in Japan including Tokyo, Osaka and more. Check the date and location, and make sure not miss your super cute collaborated character cafes in Japan!


Tama and Friends 3 Chome Cafe

Date: 25 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

 

©Sony Creative Products Inc. / Tama & Friends Project

Tama and Friends is an animation series started 36 years ago, and its very first concept cafe “Tama and Friends 3 Chome Cafe” will be opening at the popular shopping complex, Aqua City Odaiba. The cafe offers collaborated menu as well as a space for kids, terrace seats, photo spots and a popup store.

Location: 6F Aqua City Odaiba

Map: http://bit.ly/31bKKEY

Hours: 11:00~19:00

Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE

Date: 
Tokyo: 21 September 2019 to 9 November 2019
Osaka: 21 September 2019 to 10 November 2019
Sapporo: 22 September to 14 October 2019 
Nagoya: 27 September to 10 November 2019

ディズニー映画『リトル・マーメイド』のカフェ、東京・大阪・名古屋・北海道に期間限定オープン - 写真1
©Disney

One of the most popular animations by Walt Disney, The Little Mermaid is celebrating the 30th anniversary since the first movie was released, and launching temporary themed cafes at 4 cities in Japan for limited time only. There will be cute and elegant pastel coloured dishes and drinks collaborating with adorable characters from the Little Mermaid. The cafe also offers a variety of motif products which are available with limited numbers.

Tokyo
Location : OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku Store)
Map: http://bit.ly/2XQe99E

Sapporo
Location : Cafe Interlude 
Map: http://bit.ly/2GhPwrX

Osaka
Location : kawara CAFE & KITCHEN (Shinsaibashi Store)
Map: http://bit.ly/2LreA3T

Nagoya
Location : kawara CAFE & KITCHEN (Nagoya PARCO Store)
Map: http://bit.ly/2GfRb0W

Official Website: https://mermaid.ohmycafe.jp/

KAWAII MONSTER CAFE

Date: 12 July to 30 September 2019

Kawaii Monster Cafe Tokyo Reservation (Official Partner) - 1
© 2019 Voyagin, Inc.

Kawaii Monster Cafe is one of the most popular tourist spots in Tokyo today, which is a colourful and Kawaii themed cafe in Harajuku, designed by a designer and a pioneer of the Japanese pop culture, Sebastian Masuda. The cafe is currently collaboration with one of the most iconic characters in the world, Hello Kitty for the limited time only. The special themed decoration, menu and merchandise are only available during summer 2019! See the link below for more information about how to make reservation in English!

Chibi Maruko Chan

Date: 5 to 29 September 2019

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Ⓒさくらプロダクション/日本アニメーション

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the animation Chibi Maruko Chan, the special Chibi Maruko Chan cafe will open at TOWER RECORD CAFE Omotesando Store for a limited time. Unique Chibi Maruko Chan character themed dishes and drinks, and limited-edit merchandise will be available. Different dishes will be served during first and second phases.

Location : TOWER RECORDS CAFE Omotesando Store

Map: http://bit.ly/2UgUz1z

Hours: 11:00~21:30 

KIRBY CAFE

Date: 11 June to 23 September 2019

 

©Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
©BENELIC CO.,LTD.

KIRBY CAFE (カービィカフェ) collaborates with the popular game character KIRBY by Nintendo. KIRBY cafe offers super cute themed food, desserts and drinks in Western/cafe style including burger, pasta, omurice, cakes, coffee, etc. It’s located at Solamachi, the complex building by Tokyo Skytree. Along with food and drink menu, the limited merchandise collection is also available at KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE (2F Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi). The KIRBY CAFE and KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE both require advanced booking, so make sure to reserve your seats online in advance!

Location : 4F Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi

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

Hours: 10:00~22:00 (the cafe store open till 21:00)

Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp/

Toy Story 4 OH MY CAFE

Date: 
Sapporo: 21 July to 16 September 2019
Tokyo: 20 July to 16 September 2019
Nagoya: 20 July to 25 August 2019
Osaka: 20 July to 16 September 2019

©Disney/Pixar ©POOF-Slinky, LLC

Celebrating the release of the latest work by Disney/Pixar, Toy Story 4, the themed cafe “Toy Story 4 OH MY CAFE” will be opening for the limited time only at 4 cities in Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Sapporo. The cafe offers various gourmet and photo-worthy food collaborating with the adorable characters and the theme from the world of Toy Story as well as the limited merchandise products sold at the shop area.

Sapporo
Location : Cafe Interlude 
Map: http://bit.ly/2GhPwrX

Tokyo
Location : OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku Store)
Map: http://bit.ly/2XQe99E

Nagoya
Location : kawara CAFE & KITCHEN (Nagoya PARCO Store)
Map: http://bit.ly/2GfRb0W

Osaka
Location : kawara CAFE & KITCHEN (Shinsaibashi Store)
Map: http://bit.ly/2LreA3T

Official Website: https://toy.ohmycafe.jp

Leo Lionni Cafe

Date: 3 April to 31 July 2019

 

Copyright © 2019 by Blueandyellow, LLC Licensed by Cosmo Merchandising

Leo Lionni Cafe is the very first cafe in the world, collaborating with the famous auther/illustrator Leo Lionni who produced best selling picture books such as “Swimmy” and “Frederick”. The cafe is open for 4 months from early April to end of July, offering cute and delicious dishes inspired by adorable characters by Leo Lionni. Official Leo Lionni character goods are also sold at the cafe.

Location: Sunday Brunch Marronnier Gate, Ginza 1 (4F)

Map: http://bit.ly/2G436y1

Hours: 11:00~21:00

Reservation (Japanese): https://select-type.com/rsv/?id=6hNIKSu_weo&c_id=55592

HELLO KITTY’s Anniversary above the Clouds at TOKYO SKYTREE

Date: 7 May to 17 July

 

©’76,’79,’82,’85,’88,’89,’90,’93,’96,’01,’19 SANRIO CO.,LTD.
©TOKYO-SKYTREE

It’s been 45 years since the world’s sweet heart Hello Kitty was born! Hello Kitty and her Sanrio friends are celebrating the 45th anniversary at several venues of the tallest building in Tokyo, Tokto Skytree. The HELLO KITTY’s Anniversary above the Clouds at TOKYO SKYTREE will be featuring special decorations and events including an original cafe menu at SKYTREE CAFE on 340 floor as well as limited Sanrio character products collaborating with Tokyo Skytree.

Location: SKYTREE CAFE Tembo Deck Floor 340 Tokyo Skytree

Map: http://bit.ly/2Z7NyRG

Hours: 8:00~21:45

Aladdin OH MY CAFE

Date
Tokyo: 14 June to 15 July
Osaka: 15 June to 15 July

株式会社レッグス ©Disney

Celebrating the released of the live-action movie “Aladdin” in 2019 summer, the original menu expressing the world of Aladdin will be available at OH MY CAFE TOKYO at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku from 14 June and kawara CAFE & DINING Shinsaibashi at Shinsaibashi OPA from 15 June. Beside the colourful and photo-worthy Aladdin themed food and drinks, the exclusive merchandise will be also sold at the cafe.

Tokyo
Location: 3F Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Map: http://bit.ly/2XzgLox

Osaka
Location: 9F Shinsaibashi OPA
Map: http://bit.ly/2Wnw5I5

Reservation: https://magic.ohmycafe.jp/reservation/

Hello Kitty × Crayon Shin-chan Cafe

Date: 1 June to 15 July

 

© U/F・S・A・A © 1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD.APPROVAL NO. G594645

Two adorable characters: Hello Kitty and Crayon Shin-chan will collaborate and open their motif cafe for a limited time in Osaka, offering the original food and drinks with pastel colours. The popup store will also open next to the cafe offering collaborated goods which are only available there.

Location : 2F THE GUEST café& diner Shinsaibashi 161

Map: http://bit.ly/2Whkci6

Hours: 11:00~21:00

Official Website: https://kirbycafe.jp/

EGG&SPUMA × KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFÉ

Date: 15 April to 30 June

 

Copyright: http://salt-group.jp/

EGG & SPUMA Cafe is collaborating with the popular sanrio characters, KUROMI and MY MELODY this spring. The cafe is located on 8F floor of Shinjuku Lumine Est. KUROMI and MY MELODY motif cute and devilish food, desserts and drinks can be enjoyed as well as the special decoration at the cafe.

Location: 8F Shinjuku Lumine Est

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

Hours: 11:00〜23:00 (~22:30 on Sat, Sun and Holidays)

Detective Conan Cafe 2019

Date: 26 March to 2 June 2019

 

Copyright: http://www.legs.co.jp/

Celebrating a release of the new movie, Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire on 12 April 2019 in Japan, a Detective Conan themed cafe will be opening at 9 locations in 9 cities including Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Hiroshima from 26 March to 2 June (depending on the location). The cafe will be featuring the special menu inspired by the upcoming movie as well as the merchandise. Check the official website for more details in each cafe. Advance reservation is also available through the official website.

Official Website: https://conan-cafe.jp/

Hello Kitty Cafe

Date: 16 January to 31 March 2019

 

© 1976, 1999,2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G593641

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Hello Kitty in 2019, the limited-time Hello Kitty Cafe is opening from January till March at EGG & SPUMA, the stylish cafe in Shinjuku Lumine Est. Inside the cafe will have the special decoration of Hello Kitty, and super cute Insta-Worthy Hello Kitty themed dishes and desserts will be available.

Location: 8F Shinjuku Lumine Est

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

Hours: 11:00〜23:00 (~22:30 on Sat, Sun and Holidays)

Urusei Yatsura Cafe

Date 
Fukuoka: 21 December 2019 to 28 January 2019 
Sapporo: 29 December 2018 to 25 February 2019
Tokyo: 11 January to 31 March 2019
Nagoya: 18 January to 31 March 2019
Osaka: 30 March to 28 May 2019

 

©高橋留美子/小学館

Urusei Yatsura is a popular Japanese manga/anime series by Rumiko Takahashi who has creates quite a few notable manga including Ranma 1/2 and Inu Yasha. Urusei Yatsura Cafe (うる星やつら カフェ) is opening in 5 cities in Japan in Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Nagoya to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the manga series. The cafe features a wide variety of food and drinks inspired by Urusei Yatsura characters including Lum. The popup store is also available with numbers of limited merchandise goods.

Fukuoka
Location: 5F Fukuoka PARCO
Map: http://bit.ly/2OylmXj
Hours: 10:00~20:30 
*Food last order is 1 hour before closing

Sapporo
Location: 4F Sapporo PARCO
Map: http://bit.ly/2NR9j24
Hours: 10:00~20:00 (Sun-Fri), 10:00~20:30 (Sat)
*Food last order is 1 hour before closing

Tokyo
Location: 7F Ikebukuro PARCO
Map: http://bit.ly/2R4amhs
Hours: 10:00~22:00
*Food last order is 1 hour before closing

Nagoya
Location: 8F Nagoya PARCO
Map: http://bit.ly/2R51wzX
Hours: 10:00~21:30
*Food last order is 1 hour before closing
*Shop closes at 21:00

Osaka
Location: 2F Shinsaibashi 161
Map: http://bit.ly/2yO6tWc
Hours: 11:00~21:00
*Food last order is 1 hour before closing

MARVEL CAFE

Date: 15 December 2018 to 31 March 2019

MARVEL: Age of Heroes Exhibition is held in Osaka from 15 December 2018 to 17 February 2019 with the Captain Marvel themed cafe, MARVEL CAFE -HERO’S ORIGIN-, serving limited themed food and drinks as well as the special MARVEL merchandise collection including Spider-Man, Avengers and X-MEN.

Hamutaro Cafe

Date
Tokyo: 5 January to 24 February 2019
Saitama: 10 January to 24 February 2019

 

©河井リツ子/小学館

The popular animation character, Hamutaro is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and opening two themed cafes, Hamutaro Cafe (ハム太郎カフェ) in Omotesando, Tokyo and Koshigaya City, Saitama. The cafe features limited food and drinks themed with adorable Hamutaro and his friends. You can visit there without reservation, however, the Tokyo branch offers a special souvenir (postcard) when you make an online reservation in advance!

Tokyo
Location : OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE&SPACE
Map: 
Hours: 10:00~21:00 
Reservation: https://hamutaro-cafe.jp/

Saitama
Location : BOX CAFE&SPACE
Map: 
Hours: 11:00~20:00

Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast Wizarding World Cafe

Date: 9 November to 31 January

 

©2018 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved.
Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Publishing Rights ©J.K.R.

Celebrating the new released movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (released in Japan on 23 November 2018), the special themed cafe Wizarding World Cafe (魔法ワールドカフェ) will be opening in Tokyo (Shinjuku) and Fukuoka this winter. Moreover, the cafe collaborates with not only the Fantastic Beasts, but Harry Potter from the Wizarding World franchise. The special themed food, drinks and merchandise are available only at the cafes. Check the link below for more details.

Onegai My Melody Cafe

Date: 13 November 2018 to 31 January 2019

 

©1976, 2005, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S592651

Onegai My Melody Cafe (おねがいマイメロディカフェ) will open in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, collaborating with the popular TV animation by Sanrio, Onegai My Melody. Cute and fancy food and drinks are themed with the adorable Sanrio character My Melody. The original merchandise collection will be also available.

Location: 8F Seibu Ikebukuro Gourmet Stadium

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

Hours: 11:00~23:00 (11:30~ on Sat, Sun and Holidays)

Usamaru Cafe Winter

Date
Tokyo: 2 November 2018 to 14 January 2019
Osaka: 7 December to 27 January 2019
Nagoya: 16 November to 14 January 2019

 

©sakumaru/LINE

Usamaru is a popular LINE sticker character and has opened its own themed cafe several times in past. In 2018–2019 winter, Usamaru Cafe Winter (2018年“うさまるカフェ”冬) is back in 3 cities: Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya with the super cute winter theme and delicious hot food and drinks. This time, Usamaru cafe is collaborating with Sony and using their latest high-tech to decorate dishes and tables with projection mapping (limited seats only). Along with food and drink menu, limited edition merchandise will be available at the cafe. Advanced booking is required.

Tokyo
Location: HARAJUKU BOX CAFE&SPACE
Map: http://bit.ly/2RLe0wQ
Hours: 10:00~21:00

Osaka 
Location: UMEDA BOX CAFE&SPACE
Map: http://bit.ly/2DghH9F
Hours: 10:30~21:00

Nagoya
Location: NAGOYA BOX CAFE&SPACE
Map: http://bit.ly/2zLbz5U
Hours: 11:00~21:00

BT21カフェ

Date
Tokyo: 1 November 2018 to 14 January 2019
Osaka: 1 November to 2 December 2019
Fukuoka: 21 November 2018 to 14 January 2019

 

© BT21

The BT 21 is s character brand collaborated with a popular South Korean boy band BTS and LINE FRIENDS. The limited BT21 Cafe open in Tokyo and Osaka, offering super cute BT21 characters themed food, drinks and original merchandise. The cafe is reservation only (80 mins time slot), and reservation fee is 650 yen with a special gift included (one of clear files with 8 different designs).

Tokyo
Location: SHIBUYA BOX CAFE & SPACE
Map: http://bit.ly/2AY6KZ9
Hours: 10:20~20:40

Osaka
Location: UMEDA BOX CAFE & SPACE
Map: http://bit.ly/2DghH9F
Hours: 10:30~20:50

Fukuoka
Location: TOWER RECORDS CAFE Fukuoka Tenjin Store
Map: http://bit.ly/2z0A7IM
Hours: 10:00 〜21:20

Booking link: https://box-cafe.jp/store/

Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee Cafe

Date 
Sapporo: 27 October to 25 December 2018 
Fukuoka: 2 November to 17 December 2018
Tokyo: 9 November 2018 to 7 January 2019
Osaka: 16 November 2018 to 29 January 2019
Nagoya: 16 November 2018 to 14 January 2019

 

©2018 Pokémon. ©1995–2018 Nintendo/Creatures Inc. /GAME FREAK inc.

Along with the permanent Pokemon Cafe in Tokyo, limited-time Pokemon Cafe, Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee Cafe (ピカ・ブイカフェ) is taking places in 5 cities in Japan this autumn/winter. Special themed food, drinks and merchandise are available at Tokyo (Ikebukuro), Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo and Fukuoka for a limited time to celebrate the newly released game for Nintendo Switch. Check the link below for more details.

Twinkle Snow Café

Date: 15 October 2018 to 6 January 2019

 

© 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD.

Twinkle Snow Café (ツインクル スノー カフェ) collaborates with the popular Sanrio character, the LITTLE TWIN STARS (リトルツインスターズ) and EGG & SPUMA, the stylish cafe in Shinjuku Lumine Est. Besides cafe’s regular menu, the super cute and fairy LITTLE TWIN STARS food and drinks are served for a limited time including “Snow Town Dessert Tower”, “Snowman Pancakes”, “LITTLE TWIN STARS X’mas Cake” and more.

Location: 8F Shinjuku Lumine Est

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

Hours: 11:00〜23:00 (~22:30 on Sat, Sun and Holidays)


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