Must-Visit Character Cafes in Japan 2020
Best Limited Time Character Cafes in Japan 2020
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 2020 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 are closed (temporarily) in response of the state of emergency declared by the government due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check their official websites before visiting.
-MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE
Date: 31 January to 31 July 2020
A themed cafe collaborating with Chibi Maruko-Chan and Coji Coji, two popular manga/anime series by Momoko Sakura will be opening in Ginza, Tokyo for 7 months from January to July. Limited dishes, desserts and drinks inspired by the colourful and dreamy world of Maruko and Coji Coji will be available.
Location: Sunday Branch Marronnier Gate Ginza Store
– Detective Conan Cafe 2020
Date: March to June at 9 cities in Japan (See the link below for more details)
In order to celebrate the release of the new film “Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet” coming out on the 17th April 2020, the Detective Conan Cafe will be opening for a limited-time at 12 locations in 9 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Okinawa and more!)
-Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe
Date: 3 April to 28 June 2020
An adorable character, Rilakkuma will be opening its own themed cafe from early April to late June in Harajuku, Tokyo. The Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe offers a various dishes, desserts and drinks using fresh and colourful seasonal fruits. The notable feature of the cafe is the interactive table projection mapping cafe which adorable characters moving around the dishes and on the table. The limited merchandise is also available at the cafe store.
Location: Harajuku AR Box
-Crayon Shin Chan Cafe
Date: 13 March to 10 May
The 28th movie of the popular Japanese anime/manga series Crayon Shin Chan, Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes will be released in Japan on 28 April 2020. The special collaboration cafe, Ukiuki Kakikaki Rakuga Kingdom Cafe will open in Shibuya PARCO for 2 months. The limited food, dessert, drinks and merchandise inspired by the new movie with adorable Crayon Shin Chan and his friends will be available at the cafe.
Location: TOKYO PARADE goods & cafe (6F Shibuya PARCO)
-FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Cafe
Date: 8 February to 24 April 2020 in Tokyo and Osaka
The most anticipated game of 2020, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will finally be released in April this year, and Japan is celebrating this long-awaited release of the RPG game with special collaborated cafes which take place in three locations in Tokyo and Osaka. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Cafe features exclusive food, drinks and merchandise with special motifs of the game.
See more details about the cafe!:
-“OH MY! MINNIE MOUSE” OH MY CAFE
Date: February to April at 4 cities in Japan (See the link below for more details)
One of the most beloved Disney character of all time, Minnie Mouse’s theme cafe will be opening at 4 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka) from late February to April. The cafe will be featuring the symbol of Minnie Mouse, the polka dot in vivid yellow colour as the concept of the cafe is the positive modern lifestyle of Minnie Mouse. Delicious and photo-worthy food and drinks, and limited merchandise will be available at the cafe.
-Tama and Friends 3 Chome Cafe
Date: 25 April 2019 to 31 March 2020
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
-Jibun Tsukkomi Kuma Cafe
Nagoya: 20 December 2019 to 11 February 2020
Osaka: 27 December 2019 to 2 March 2020
Tokyo: 21 February to 30 March 2020
One of the most popular LINE (freeware app) sticker series, Jibun Tsukkomi Kuma will open its own character cafe in three cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya). Original illustrations are used exclusively for themed dishes at the cafe. Alcohol beverage and the bar menu will be available from 5pm. A variety of limited merchandise will be sold at the cafe shop.
Location : 8F Nagoya PARCO West Building
Location : Shinsaibashi 161 2F THE GUEST cafe&diner
Location : Ikebukuro PARCO Main Building 7F THE GUEST cafe&diner
– Hello Kitty x @home Cafe
Date: 21 January to 29 March 2020
The beloved Sanrio character, Hello Kitty is collaborating with one of the most popular maid cafe in Akihabara, @home cafe this spring. The menu, merchandise and cafe decoration featuring adorable Hello Kitty in the classic maid costume will be available for 2 months from January to March.
Location: @home cafe Akihabara branch
Hours: 11:00~22:00 (Weekends and Holidays 10:00~)
Date: 21 December 2019 to 22 March 2020
Korilakkuma Cafe will open for 3 months from late December 2019 to late March 2020 in the center of the Tokyo’s Kawaii culture, Harajuku. Cute and fancy character theme dishes, desserts and drinks will be available on the menu, and beside, this unique cafe offers an interactive table projection mapping technology with adorable Rilakkuma characters moving around the table. The limited merchandise is also available at the cafe shop.
Location: Harajuku Box
-KIMETSU CAFE in SWEETS PARADISE
Date: January to March at 10 cities in Japan (See the link below for more details)
Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) is arguably the world’s most trending manga/animation today, and its themed cafe is finally opening in Japan, not only in one location but at 14 locations in 10 cities including Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and more. KIMETSU CAFE in SWEETS PARADISE features collaborated food, drinks and merchandise exclusively available at the cafes.
-Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 Girls Night Out
Tokyo: Shibuya 3 October to 17 November 2019/Solamachi 25 October 2019 to 13 January 2020/Omotesando 17 January to 1 March 2020
Osaka: 3 October to 17 November 2019
Nagoya: 10 October to 24 November 2019
Hokkaido: 18 October to 17 November 2019
Fukuoka: 26 October to 1 December 2019
Saitama: 14 November 2019 to 13 January 2020
The popular Japanese animation series, Sailor Moon opens its collaborated cafes at 8 locations in Japan (Tokyo (Shibuya, Tokyo Solamachi and Omotesando), Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Saitama). With the concept of “Girls Night Out”, colourful and photo-worthy food and drinks with Sailor Moon character themes will be available for a limited time. Make sure to book your seats in advance to get special novelty goods! There will be also limited edition character products sold only at Sailor Moon Cafes!
Check the link below for more details:
-STAR WARS CAFE
Tokyo: 18 January to 23 February 2020
Osaka: 17 January to 23 February 2020
Nagoya: 23 January to 25 February 2020
Hokkaido:24 January to 24 February 2020
Fukuoka: 24 January to 26 February
STAR WARS CAFE will be opening at 5 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo and Fukuoka) for a limited-time only from mid January 2020. To celebrate the release of STAR WARS: The Rise of Skywalker, the new movie from the Star Wars series, the special themed cafe will be offering limited-edition food and drinks with famous Star Wars characters.
Check the link below for more details:
-Sanrio Characters Cafe
Date: 15 November 2019 to 31 January 2020
EGG & SPUMA Cafe is collaborating with some of the popular sanrio characters including Pompompurin, Little Twin Stars, My Melody and more. The cafe is located on 8F floor of Shinjuku Lumine Est. The limited food and drinks menu collaborated with adorable Sanrio characters will be available. Moreover, the different menu will be available in 2 terms (from 15 Nov to 17 Dec 2019/from 18 Dec 2019 to mid Jan 2020)
Location: 8F Shinjuku Lumine Est
Hours: 11:00〜23:00 (~22:30 on Sat, Sun and Holidays)
-Frozen 2 Cafe
Tokyo: 15 November 2019 to 13 January (Harajuku)/29 November 2019 to 26 January 2020 (Tamagawa)
Osaka: 16 November 2019 to 13 January 2020
Nagoya: 16 November 2019 to 19 January 2020
Sapporo: 21 November 2019 to 19 January 2020
Fukuoka: 5 December 2019 to 19 January 2020
Kyoto: 6 December 2019 to 2 February 2020
After 6 years, Frozen’s sequel movie “Frozen 2” will finally be released in November 2019, and Japan will be celebrating the released of this new Disney movie with special theme cafe! Frozen 2 Cafe will open for a limited time at 6 cities in Japan: Tokyo (2 venues), Osaka, Kyoto, Sapporo, Nagoya and Fukuoka this winter! The cafe with a shop offers super cute and photo-worthy Frozen 2 theme food, drinks and merchandise goods only available here.
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