Top 11 Character Cafés in Japan: December 2018 – Part 2

08.December.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series and various franchises by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them.


There are lots of themed collaborations happening this month, including Christmas ones. So many in fact that we’ve had to split the list into two parts!


Here is part two for December 2018. Click here for part one.


Usamaru x BOX CAFE&SPACE (November 2 – January 27)

A very special Christmas course will be served from December 14 to 25 as part of the ongoing Usamaru themed cafes in Tokyo (Harajuku), Osaka (Umeda) and Aichi (Nagoya). Usamaru is a popular sticker character on the LINE messenger app. The tables at the cafe make use use of projection mapping in collaboration with Sony Japan’s latest technology. Once your meal is placed on the table characters will appear through the projection mapping and perform animations with your food. These cafes are reservation-only so be sure to book your place quick♡


Full Details:



Usamaru Cafe Winter 2018

Reservations now open:

Price: General Seat – ¥650 (Pre-Tax) / Projection Mapping (Seats for 2) – ¥3,700 (Pre-Tax)


Tokyo Cafe

Running: November 2, 2018 – January 14, 2019

Location: Harajuku Box Cafe&Space (4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (subject to changes on occasion)


Osaka Cafe

Running: December 7, 2018 – January 27, 2019

Location: Umeda Box Cafe&Space (1F Umeda LOFT, 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka)

Opening Hours: 10:30-21:00 (subject to changes on occasion)


Nagoya Cafe

Running: November 16, 2018 – January 14, 2019

Location: Nagoya Box Cafe&Space (B1F LACHIC, 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture)

Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (subject to changes on occasion)


Pikachu & Eevee x THE GUEST café&diner (October 27 – January 29)

PARCO have opened five Pokémon themed cafés at five The Guest Café & Diner branches across Japan in collaboration with the new Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! games which were released worldwide on the Nintendo Switch on November 16, 2018. The foods and drinks force you to make a difficult choice between either Pikachu or Eevee – will you go for the Eevee pudding or the Pikachu pudding? The Eevee latte or the Pikachu latte? There’s lots of cute choices to pick from, so check the link below for more details♡


Full Details:



Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee Café produced by THE GUEST cafe & diner

Sapporo PARCO (Floor 4F)

Running: October 27, 2018 – December 25, 2018

Opening Hours:

Weekdays 10:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:00 / Drinks Last Orders 19:30)

Weekends (Food Last Orders 19:30 / Drinks Last Orders 20:00)

*Closed 18:00 on December 25 (Food Last Orders 17:00 / Drinks Last Orders 17:30)


Fukuoka PARCO (Floor 5F)

Running: November 2, 2018 – December 17, 2018

Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30 (Food Last Orders 19:30 / Drinks Last Orders 20:00)


Ikebukuro PARCO (Floor 7F)

Running: November 9, 2018 – January 7, 2019

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Food Last Orders 21:00 / Drinks Last Orders 21:30)


Shinsaibashi 161, Osaka (Floor 2F)

Running: November 16, 2018 – January 29, 2019

Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)


Nagoya PARCO West Building (Floor 8F)

Running: November 16, 2018 – January 14, 2019

Opening Hours:

[Cafe] 10:00-21:30 (Food Last Orders 20:30 / Drinks Last Orders 21:00)

[Merchandise Shop] 10:00-21:00


THE GUEST cafe & diner Official Website:

Pokémon: Let’s Go Official Website:


The Very Hungry Caterpillar x J.S. PANCAKE CAFÉ (October 3 – January 31)

J.S. PANCAKE CAFE is currently collaborating with the internationally beloved children’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle at 12 branches. The collaboration is running for four months. It began in October and will end in January next year. Each month they serve sweet pancakes that depict the tale of the caterpillar in the story as he grows. For December, there’s a whole range of autumn-themed delights to enjoy. One of them is the “Fat Caterpillar & Chrysalis Mont Blanc Pancake” which is made with chestnut cream, chocolate, cocoa powder and soy flour, bringing to life the colourful and vivid vision of Eric Carle. Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in the world of this beautiful book!


Full Details:



The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pancakes

Running: October 3, 2018 – January 31, 2019

J.S. PANCAKE CAFÉ Official Website:
J.S. FOODIES Official Website:


Onegai My Melody x Dining Park Ikebukuro (November 13 – January 31)

The popular anime series Onegai My Melody produced by Studio Comet and based on Sanrio’s popular character My Melody is getting its own themed café that will hit Dining Park Ikebukuro on November 13, 2018 and run to January 31, 2019. Dining Park Ikebukuro is located on the 8th floor of Seibu Ikebukuro which is just outside Ikebukuro Station’s east exit. The café menu brings to life the fantastic world painted by the unique characters in the series, including an omurice dish inspired by My Melody’s rival Kuromi which is made with squid ink to create a pitch-black colour. There’s also a mild black-coloured curry based on Usamimi Kamen that is packed with plenty of minced meat as well as sliced cheese, wafer cakes and rice. There’s plenty of other cute options where that came from♡


Full Details:



Onegai My Melody Café

Address: Gourmet Stadium II, Seibu Ikebukuro Honten Floor 8F, 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo

Running: November 13, 2018 – January 31, 2019

Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (from 10:30 on weekends and holidays) (Last Orders – Food 21:30 / Drinks 22:00)

No Fixed Holidays.

TEL: 03-5949-5675

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Kirby x Tokyo Solomachi (September 27 – February 17)

Fans of Kirby absolutely have to visit the Kirby Café at Tokyo Solamachi. The food menu includes “Kirby’s Inhaled Capresse” which recreates Kirby’s ability to inhale anything, as well as “Waddle Dee’s Afternoon Nap Omurice” which features little Waddle Dee sleeping soundly under a blanket of omelette. There’s drinks and desserts too, so this is one for kids and adults to both enjoy! You’ll also need to make a reservation in advance to attend, so don’t forget.


Full Details:



Kirby Café

Address: Solamachi 4F, Tokyo Sky Tree Town, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida Ward, Tokyo
Running: September 27, 2018 – February 17, 2019

Opening Hours: 10:00am-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:00pm)

TEL: 03-3622-5577 (Accessible from the first day of opening)
Kirby Café Official Website:


Kirby Café Bookings

Booking Link:

*Full details regarding booking can be found on the official website via the booking form button.
*Bookings are taken online only. Phone reservations not possible.
*Bookings are still required to access the merchandise area.


Did you enjoy part two of our list? There are so many different themed cafés to enjoy this winter, so don’t miss out♡