In 2018, the number of international visitors going to Japan reached a record high of more than 31 million. With its fascinating tourist spots and vibrant culture, it’s no wonder travelers flock to Japan, especially Tokyo.
Case in point: these 10 themed cafés that will make any trip to Tokyo memorable.
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Inspired by the famous Lewis Carroll novel, Alice in Fantasy Book takes you to a world filled with dainty teacups, heart-shaped chairs, and huge, artificial flowers. Expect meticulously prepared dishes and fancy desserts on the menu.
Japan is usually associated with cosplaying. At Maidreamin Tokyo, you will be greeted by waitresses dressed in a cosplay maid outfit, treating you like their master or lady for a day. Don’t leave the place without a souvenir photo with these adorable maids. Click here to book a reservation.
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As its name suggests, this café lets you fish for your meal. There are indoor tanks where you can catch fat fish—talk about enjoyable effort. You’ll then give what you caught to the waiters and have it cooked based on your liking.
At the center of the café is a wooden boat where you can eat your own catch of the day.
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Oh, robots. For a lot of us, they are a part of our childhood, and can instantly make us reminisce. At Gundam Café, you’ll be reminded of the good ol’ days as you gorge on pasta or sip richly flavored coffee. Outside the restaurant is a giant Gundam that encourages visitors to come in.
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This scary bar and restaurant aims to make you scream. Dressed in creepy costumes, the zombie-like waiters serve you with food that looks a bit gory but tastes yummy. Get a free dessert if you come in a terrifying costume!
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A train-themed café with train decorations and dishes served in train platters—the inspiration behind all these is obvious. Enjoy glasses or mugs of drinks with names that are also inspired by train routes.
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Feeling alone in the cold streets of Tokyo? Visit Soineya and get a hug! It doesn’t come free, though. Here, you get to cuddle with a girl (yes, you read that right). This is a feature of the café for customers who want to, er, embrace someone after a long day.
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Another café that can catch your fancy is this ninja-themed restaurant in Chiyoda. The moment you enter the cafe, a ninja will surprise you and take you to your special corner. Expect ninja-themed decor—from katanas to ninja stars—everywhere. Of course, the food is noteworthy, too.
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Kawaii (or “cute”) is uniquely Japanese. Of course, there’s a café inspired by this idea alone. This restaurant is all about what’s adorable and colorful. The dishes look so beautiful and quirky, and the staff members are dressed in peculiar yet interesting outfits. Each visit is a different experience.
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As you would expect, all the food here are Pokémon-related. Try the Snorlax Hamburg and Seafood Rice Plate, the Eevee Teriyaki Chicken Burger, and of course, the Pikachu Curry. For drinks, go for the Gengar Smoothie or Ditto’s Ombre Fruit Tea.
See the complete Tokyo Theme Cafes Restaurants Map tour guide below.
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Themed cafés are just one of the many sights to see in the Japanese capital. Check out this Tokyo food guide to see more Japanese grub.
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