Themed restaurants in Tokyo

  Themed Restaurants Japan

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, it’s not rare to find Final Fantasy pop up cafรฉ. To only quote the most famous one.

Themed restaurants in Tokyo

#1 One Piece Baratie Restaurant – Odaiba, Tokyo

The first themed restaurant I ever went to!

Themed Restaurants Japan Zoro and Chopper drinks.Themed Restaurants Japan

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.
Themed restaurants in Tokyo

I ordered the same thing I first went in 2014, the dishes were the same but presented differently. 2015 Version.

Themed Restaurants Japan

Baggy and Luffy drinks.Themed restaurants in Tokyo

#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 surely nice.

Themed Restaurants Japan

Themed Restaurants Japan

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 still enjoy their unique universe and decorations, 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 cafรฉs.
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.

Themed restaurants in Tokyo

How cute is that?

Themed Restaurants Japan

Themed Restaurants Japan

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

Themed restaurants in Tokyo

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.
Themed Restaurants Japan

Themed Restaurants JapanThemed restaurants in Tokyo

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! ๐Ÿ™

There are tons of others themed restaurant 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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21 Comments

  1. 08/09/2016 / 23:10

    You’re so lucky you got to go to Japan! It has always been a dream of mine to go there ^_^ Themed cafes look like a lot of fun. I really think that the Pomponpurin one is adorable! <3

    • 10/09/2016 / 13:01

      I hope you can go there in the future too it’s truly an amazing country ! They definitely are hehe

      • 11/09/2016 / 18:38

        I’m sure I will someday ๐Ÿ™‚ Japan is just too pretty to miss! <3

  2. 11/12/2016 / 17:58

    Japanese themed cafes are the best! I gave most of them a miss when I visited Japan this year because of the price, but I definitely need to give atleast one a try when I go next time. The Pom Pom Purin cafe looks adorable!

  3. 02/08/2017 / 19:28

    The Pomponpurin Cafe looks so cute. I wish i had known about it before i went in November 2016. Japan is seriously a food paradise!

    • 02/08/2017 / 19:31

      It is !! So many yummy food everywhere ! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Liz
    02/08/2017 / 19:45

    This looks like so much fun! Especially the pirates!!

  5. Candy
    02/08/2017 / 20:03

    Such a great list! I’ve only been to the Pom Pom Purin Cafe. I would love to check out the Gundam Cafe the next time I’m in Japan to visit family ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 02/08/2017 / 22:41

    These look so cute! Something unique to Japan for sure ๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. 03/08/2017 / 10:55

    OK, Pomponpurin looks seriously cute! I will definitely have to visit if I ever go to Japan!

  8. 03/08/2017 / 11:27

    Ah, every time I read about Japan makes me want to pack my bags and just go already! Such a fascinating place with a magnificent culture to learn. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 03/08/2017 / 19:38

    Japan never fails to surprise me on how innovative they are! I hope to visit there someday. Great post.

  10. 04/08/2017 / 09:25

    some of these are certainly one of the best restaurants of the world! I would love to experience em soon! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

  11. 04/08/2017 / 17:06

    OMG!!! This is SO fun!!! I’ll be visiting Japan next year and will try to visit one of these places. Thanks for sharing!

  12. 04/08/2017 / 17:08

    OMG!! This list is SO much fun! I’ll be visiting Japan next year, so I will add a couple of these to my list. Thanks for sharing!

  13. 14/07/2018 / 21:23

    OMG the cutest post ever!! I’m from Japan, and these are great selections from Tokyo! I especially loved Pom Pom Purin… hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ Great post xoxo

  14. mapsandmuses
    15/07/2018 / 07:08

    My fiance’ wants to go to Japan so bad! And I think he would love these restaurants. This is sooo cool.

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