Themed cafes and restaurants in Japan are very popular with both locals and tourists and offer very unique experiences! Animal-themed ones such as cat cafes and owl cafes feature cute pets that’ll accompany you while you eat.
Here at TokyoTreat, we covered many restaurants that offer themed food. While legendary attractions such as the Robot Cafe and the Kawaii Monster cafe are officially out of business, there are still many other places you can go! So without further ado, and especially in the spirit of Halloween, here are our top five themed cafes and restaurants!
The Pokemon Cafe is one of the most fun themed cafes and restaurants based on the franchise of the same name! There are two locations both in Tokyo and Osaka! They opened way back in 2018 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the largest Pokemon Center in Japan.
Throughout the years, the Pokemon Cafe has never failed to wow us with their seasonal menus! From summer, all the way to Halloween, this themed restaurant knows how to make food featuring the cutest and coolest Pokemon!
For their summer 2018 menu, the Cafe followed the Alola theme, in coordination with Pokemon Sun & Moon! This included an adorable Eevee plate, an awesome Locomoco plate and a downright delicious Ditto fruit bowl!
They’re not shy about movie tie-ins, either! When Detective Pikachu came out back in 2019, their menu included a tasty mac and cheese with the character’s head on top! Printed lattes were also up for grabs, as well as a soda float with a Pikachu tail cookie!
To top it all off, their Halloween menus aren’t to be missed, either. Last time, they had a Pikachu plate with an omelette, a Celebi pesto pasta and so much more! But this year, the Pokemon Cafe will feature a Gengar Cheese Fondue, including a ghost-themed fruit parfait as well! This dish is exclusive to the Halloween season, so you don’t want to miss it!
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For those who like Super Mario, you should head over to Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka! It’s an amusement park that opened last March, and it’s entirely dedicated to everything Mario. It has everything you’d want in a theme park–rides, attractions, and of course, themed cafes.
Super Nintendo World has two themed cafes in particular: the Mario Cafe and The Toad Cafe. The Mario Cafe uses a brick-themed background reminiscent of the Super Mario franchise. Other decorations include square brick blocks, Piranha Plants, and gold coins!
The Mario menu itself offers quick meals such as pancake sandwiches in the shape of Mario and Luigi’s caps. It also has cream sodas that feature Princess Peach as well! If you want to get a quick bite to eat while enjoying some Super Mario nostalgia, then the Mario Cafe is the place for you!
However, if you’d prefer a more dine-in experience, then the Toad Cafe might be more your speed! Not only is it a more cozy restaurant, but it has so much to offer in terms of food. Standout items include a “Mario Bacon Cheeseburger” and “Question Block Tiramisu”!
For a quick change of pace, let’s talk about 2D Cafe in Shin-Okubo! It’s a very popular restaurant where all the furniture and decor resembles a two-dimensional world. To put it simply, everything is monochrome, or black and white, and looks like beautifully imperfect line drawings.
In contrast, the food they serve is quite colorful! 2D Cafe mostly specializes in kakigoori (shaved ice), bubble tea, and other sweet drinks. The menu is definitely on the lighter side, but the soft, relaxing atmosphere is a major plus, and there is no rush to leave right after your meal!
Ever wanted to know what it would be like to dine on luxury food in a ninja hideout? Then head on over to Ninja Tokyo! This ninja-themed restaurant is located in a replica of a feudal Japanese castle and features–you guessed it–ninja staff! When you enter, you’ll be greeted by a ninja guide who will help solve puzzles to get you to your private dining room!
As is the case with most themed restaurants, there are gimmicks aplenty. Not only do they perform sword tricks, they also include fire in their acts as well! To top it all off, if you spend over 3,000 yen per person, you get a full on ninja show complete with illusions and acrobatics!
Unlike many other themed eateries, Ninja Tokyo does not skimp on the food! Their menu has gourmet offerings such as wagyu steak, caviar, garlic gnocchi and roasted green tea! This makes it one of the most luxurious themed cafes and restaurants. So when you go to Ninja Tokyo, expect a luxurious, daring, and unforgettable experience!
Even though the Vampire Cafe in Ginza is open year-round, it is absolutely picture perfect for the Halloween season. When you enter, expect a gothic decor and a lot of red and black. If you want the most interesting room, be sure to make a reservation well ahead of time!
The vibe in the Vampire Cafe strikes a perfect balance between tasteful and kitschy. In addition, the staff are also dressed as vampires and maids. The menu is also rather macabre. It features imagery such as pizza shaped like lavish envelopes, glowing red sangria, and whole roasted chickens set aflame!
Even though the Vampire Cafe is located in the posk and slightly international Ginza neighborhood, be aware that the staff only speaks Japanese. So if you’re willing to brush up on some basic phrases before heading over, it’s well worth the effort!
Did any of your favorite themed cafes or restaurants make it on this list? Are there any other ones we should know about? Let us know in the comments below!
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