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When you read about themed restaurants in Tokyo, what probably comes first into your mind is the robot-themed restaurant. Yes, that one which everybody has at least once heard about. However, you will quickly realise that there is much more than just this crazy restaurant in Tokyo.
Themed Restaurants in Japan are entirely something. Something you wouldn’t see in the western part of the globe. Japanese people are pretty fond of themed restaurants some are permanent and, some, ephemeral.
Let’s not lie; we are just as fond of those themed restaurants as they aren’t something we can find quite frequently outside Asia.
There’s a lot of them; you can find a lot about various mangas/animes (One Piece, Sailor Moon, Pokemon etc..) or Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty or Pompompurin to include the most famous.
Video games aren’t left behind either, and it’s not rare to find Final Fantasy pop up café. To only quote the most famous one.
6 Themed Restaurants To Try In Tokyo, Japan
#1 One Piece Baratie Restaurant – Odaiba, Tokyo
The first themed restaurant I ever went to!
Zoro and Chopper drinks.
I tried their Chicken and fries, nothing fancy but a sure meal. There’s a lot of choices on the menu that follows the manga. So if you come back, some of the dishes may have changed.
I ordered the same thing I first went in 2014, the dishes were the same but presented differently. 2015 Version.
Baggy and Luffy drinks.
#2 Gundam Cafe – Akihabara, Tokyo
This one is pretty easy to spot in Akihabara it’s right at the Electronic Town exit and next to the AKB48 Cafe. Since it was too earlier for dinner and we had had lunch previously, we only had weird coloured ice cream?
Although with how hot it gets in Japan during the summer having nice cooling ice cream while enjoying a Gundam themed restaurant that wasn’t overpacked at the time was sure nice.
I’m not a huge fan of Gundam, but we went in for a friend, and it was still pretty cool to see how it was displayed. That’s one of the things I like with themed restaurants you don’t have to be a hardcore fan or anything to enjoy their unique universe and decorations still, plus, you obviously get food just like in any restaurants, so even if you’re let down by the decorations (you most likely won’t though, but, one can never be fully sure!) there’s still the food bit to be happy about!
They also have a huge screen where they air the opening of the anime. And various signs on the wall from all the people that contributed to this anime over the years.
#3 Pomponpurin Cafe – Harajuku, Takeshita Dori, Tokyo
For this one, we had to take a little ticket asking us to come back at the hour written on it. Takeshita Dori is the street that would give any agoraphobic person nightmare for days with how dense the population is in this long but not so wide street filled with hundreds of shops and cafés.
It was way past lunchtime when we decided to hit it up, thinking we would be lucky and not have to queue.
Well, we were proven wrong, it’s pretty crowded even after lunch hours as people go there for deserts also. However, it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been in peak hours, since, Japanese just like British has this passion for queuing.
Pompompurin is an official Sanrio character so you can also find at the entrance of the cafe a little shop area if you want some goods.
#4 Cafe Mugiwara – Tokyo SkyTree
This Cafe is located in the Sky Tree next to another Restaurant call Sanji Oresama restaurant as for the Baratie there’s a bit of queue but nothing terrible.
We both picked the same dish “Straw Hat Omelet”, it was good, but it had WAY TOO MUCH mayonnaise on the top. The atmosphere was nice and friendly, and since the dishes aren’t the same as at The Baratie, it’s worth going.
One of the themed restaurants I regret not going to is the Final Fantasy one, but it was super crowded, and you need a ticket to access which, nor my friends or I had! 🙁
There are tons of other themed restaurants as Alice In Wonderland or Pokemon, Hello Kitty etc. but those are the ones I’ve been to so far! Hopefully will do more in the future. And, yes, I like One Piece.
Although it can be a little more expensive than regular restaurants, it’s nice to try one themed restaurant in Japan at least.
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6 Themed Restaurants To Try In Tokyo, Japan