Must-Visit Character Cafes in Japan 2021
Best Limited Time Character Cafes in Japan 2021
Have you visited character cafes in Japan?? Character cafe is a cafe/restaurant collaborating with popular character, animations, games, movies, etc, and serving exclusive themed food and drinks as well as limited merchandise at cafe shops. From Pokemon to Sanrio characters, there are various character cafes across Japan, and they are now one of the top tourist attractions.
Some of character cafes are temporarily open and you can visit there any time of the year, yet many of them are open only for limited time in order to promote special events such as new releases of movies, games and animation. If you wish to visit a collaborated cafe of your favourite character, it’s definitely a good idea to check the availability and the opening information about character cafes in Japan in advance!
In this article, I have listed some of the most anticipating limited time pop-up character cafes that will be available in Japan in 2021 including Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto!
Check the date and location, and enjoy the exclusive character dishes, desserts and drinks as well as shopping the special merchandise!
Some of character cafes may be closed (temporarily) or change operation hours due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We recommend you to check their official websites before visiting.
-Detective Conan Cafe
Date: March to September 2021 (See more details from the attached link below)
The 24th movie of the Case Closed franchise, Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet will be released on 16th April 2021 after being delayed for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to celebrate the new movie release, the Detective Conan Cafe will open at 7 locations in 4 cities in Japan for a limited time. The cafe offers the exclusive food and drink menu, original merchandise and special gifts for visitors.
Tokyo 29 April to 5 July 2021
Nagoya 3 June to 2 August 2021
Chiikawa is character series forcusing on daily life of Chiikawa, Hachiware and Usagi and their heartwarming story is popular among Twitter users. The first theme cafe of Chiikawa will open at 3 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka), offering a variety of cute and photo-worthy dishes and drinks including ramen, curry, pancakes and latte. The cafe’s original merchandise and special gifts for guests are also available.
Location: THE GUEST cafe&diner Ikebukuro PARCO
Location: THE GUEST cafe&diner Nagoya PARCO
To be announced
Date: April to July 2021 (See more details from the attached link below)
Zootopia (also called Zootropolis) is an Oscar-winning Disney animation movie that was released in 2016. In 2021, to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the release of Zootopia, the limited-time theme cafe “Zootopia Cafe” will open in 3 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya). The cafe offers special menu inspired by scenes and characters from Zootopia including Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde. Cafe’s original merchandise and a special gift for pre-booking are also available.
-TOM & JERRY Cafe
Date: March to May 2021 (See more details from the attached link below)
To celebrate a release of the new live-action/computer animated film, Tom and Jerry: The Movie, the limited time Tom and Jerry theme cafe will open at 4 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Okinawa) in 2021 spring. The menu includes Jerry’s favourite cheese dishes and photo-worthy desserts and drinks. There will be also original merchandise and special gift for pre-booking.
-Sanrio Character Cafe
Date: 1 February to 30 April 2021
The limited-time Sanrio Characters CAFE is opening at EGG & SPUMA on 8F of Shinjuku Lumine Est in a collaboration with three popular dog characters of Sanrio: Pochacco, Cinnamoroll and Pompompurin. The cafe offers limited-edition food and drinks including monthly specials.
Location: 8F Shinjuku Lumine Est
-LINE FRIENDS POP-UP CAFE
Date: 1 to 25 April 2021
LINE FRIENDS are characters from a communication app “LINE” that are used by over 200 million people worldwide. The limited-time character cafe in a collaboration with LINE FRIENDS, “LINE FRIENDS POP-UP CAFE” will open for a limited in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The limited menu for both eat-in and takeaway, and original merchandise will be available at the cafe.
Location: THE GUEST cafe&diner Ikebukuro
-Maruko and Coji-Coji Happy Easter Cafe
Date: 26 March to 20 April 2021
The long-running anime/manga series, Chibi Maruko Chan collaborates with Coji-Coji, another popular character created by Momoko Sakura to celebrate Easter this spring. Maruko and Coji-Coji Happy Easter Cafe offers festive and colourful dishes, desserts and drinks as well as original merchandise exclusively available at the cafe store.
Location: Anipara Cafe Shibuya Store
-Alice in Wonderland Cafe
Date: February to April 2021 (See more details from the attached link below)
Walt Disney’s masterpiece animation, Alice in Wonderland themed cafe will open at 3 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya) for a limited time from February to April. The cafe offers cute and photo-worthy food and drinks, which are made with low-salt and low-carb recipes based on Disney’s nutrition guideline. The cafe’s original merchandise will be also available.
Date: 4 March to 11 April 2021
BT21 is a group of characters created in a collaboration between a messaging app LINE and super popular K-pop group, BTS. The limited time BT21 Cafe will open in Shinjuku, Tokyo, offering pop and photo-worthy food and drinks inspired by adorable BT21 characters which resemble members of BTS. The original merchandise and special gifts for pre-booking will be also available.
Location: SHINJUKU BOX cafe&space Lumine Est B1F
-Flower Parent and Child Cafe
Date: 5 March to 4 April 2021
Roppongi Hills is currently collaborating with the famous Japanese contemporary artist, Takashi Murakami and offering various special events including the limited-time pop-up cafe, Flower Parent and Child Cafe. The cafe offers photo-worthy dishes and drinks with cute and colourful flower motif. The Takashi Murakami’e merchandise store, Tonari no Zingaro POP UP STORE is also located inside the cafe.
-Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba x Namjatown
Date: 2 February to 4 April 2021
The popular indoor amusement park, Namjatown in Ikebukuro, Tokyo is collaborating with Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and hosting a special event for a limited time. The event features original illustrations of the anime series, attractions and photo spots. There will be also themed food and drinks served at Namja Gyoza Stadium and Fukubukuro Dessert Yokocho including Tanjiro’s Rice Croquette and Nezuko’s Strawberry Drink.
-Winnie the Pooh HUNNY’S CAFE in STRANGE DREAMS
Tokyo 14 October 2020 to 31 January 2021
Yokohama 17 February to 23 March 2021
The limited-time Winnie the Pooh themed cafe will open at 2 cities in Japan: Odakyu Department Store in Shinjuku, Tokyo from mid October 2020 to end of January 2021 followed by Yokohama Lumine from mid February to mid March 2021. The cafe offers collaborated food and drink menu with Winnie the Pooh and his adorable friends as well as limited merchandise with three different themes.
-Sailor Moon Cafe -Eternal-
Date: December 2020 to March 2021 (See more details from the attached link below)
Sailor Moon is celebrating the release of new movies, Sailor Moon Eternal (part 1 & part 2) by opening its own limited-time cafes in Japan. The special themed cafe “Sailor Moon Cafe -Eternal-” will be taking place at 5 cities across the country (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido and Okinawa). Don’t miss super cute exclusive food and drinks inspired by the movie as well as limited cafe merchandise!
Tokyo 30 October to 29 November 2020
Osaka 15 January to 21 February 2021
The MARVEL themed cafe is opening in Harajuku/Omotesando area in Tokyo for a month from late October 2020, followed by Osaka from mid January 2021. The cafe offers a menu with limited-edition food and drinks inspired by characters and scenes from popular MARVEL movies such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow and Mighty Thor. The limited merchandise is also available at the cafe as well as photo spots with statues of MARVEL characters.
-Disney Twisted-Wonderland Cafe
Tokyo 20 November 2020 to 31 January 2021
Osaka 20 November 2020 to 2 February 2021
Nagoya 27 November 2020 to 9 February 2021
The popular Japanese mobile game, Disney Twisted-Wonderland is opening its own themed cafe in three cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya). The cafe presents the world of Twisted-Wonderland and is modeled after the food hall of Night Raven Collage. The cafe offers delicious and photo-worthy themed food and drinks as well as special merchandise. (More info: https://twst.ohmycafe.jp/)
Location : OH MY CAFE TOKYO (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 3F)
Location : kawara CAFE & DINING (Shinsaibashi Store)
Location : kawara CAFE & KITCHEN (Nagoya PARCO Store)
-Ichigo Shinbun 45th Anniversary Cafe
Date: 1 November 2020 to late January 2021
The monthly newspaper published by Sanrio, Ichigo Shinbun (Strawberry Newspaper) is celebrating its 45th anniversary with the limited-time themed cafe opening at EGG & SPUMA on 8th floor of Shinjuku Lumine Est from November to late January next year. The cafe offers special menu collaborated with various Sanrio characters including savory dishes, afternoon tea set and takeaway drinks.
Location: 8F Shinjuku Lumine Est
-Sumikko Gurashi Cafe
Date: 6 November 2020 to 17 January 2021
Sumikko Gurashi (means “living in the corner”) is a group of characters produced by the Japanese company, San-X. Sumikko Gurashi’s own cafe is opening in Harajuku, Tokyo for a temporary time. The cafe offers limited food and drinks with the motif of adorable Sumikko Gurashi characters. The original merchandise such as key ring and mask case is also available at the cafe.
Location: Harajuku Box cafe&space
Hours: 10:00~19:40 (last entry)
Did you enjoy the list?? More and more character cafes will be opening in Japan in 2021, so make sure to save this link and check the latest info in future 🙂
There are also numbers of “permanent” character cafes in Japan where you can visit anytime of the year! Check out “permanent” character cafes in Tokyo ▶ Best Character Cafes in Tokyo 2021
If you are curious about popular character cafes in Japan from past years, you can also check out this article ▶ Best Character Cafes in Japan
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