SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro to Open in Tokyo’s Sunshine City On June 5

04.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

Sanrio is set to open the new SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro in on floor B1F of Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo on June 5, 2020.

Just a convenient 8-minutes on foot from Ikebukuro Station, SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro will serve up a menu that captures the kawaii world of Sanrio’s roster of characters.

The cafe is divided into two areas: the main cafe space, and then the wagon corner for takeout. Enjoy dining surrounded by adorable Sanrio characters on the walls and ceiling, or take your character-inspired food and drink away with you.

 

The cafe is putting the health and safety of its customers and staff at the top of its list in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and so will operate the cafe while taking all necessary safety measures.

If you’re in Tokyo, or the next time you’re in Tokyo, make sure you don’t pass up the chance to dine at SANRIO CAFE Ikebukuro.

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    Gallery Planetaria Online Shop
    https://planetaria.theshop.jp/

     

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    Mr. CHEESECAKE

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    Mr. CHEESECAKE hirami lemon

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    Neko Neko Cheesecake ~Setonai Lemon~
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    Online Store: https://hbantique.official.ec

     

    In-Store

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    TOKYO TOWER CITY LIGHT FANTASIA ~Twinkle color miracle☆~

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    Dates: August 1, 2020 – August 26, 2020 / Time: 19:30-22:50
    Dates: August 27, 2020 – September 22, 2020 / Time: 18:30-22:50
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    Cafe La Tour x Kiki & Lala Collaboration
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    Location: Tokyo Tower Main Deck (150cm) Floor 1F

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    2020 Midsummer Parfait Fair: Slot ① July 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020


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    The second slot of the 2020 Midsummer Parfait Fair will run from August 1 to August 30.

  • Hello Kitty Cafe to Open in Narita Airport’s Anime Deck This July

    02.July.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    KADOKAWA is set to open a Hello Kitty themed cafe on the Narita Anime Deck—which is located on the Main Building second floor of Narita International Airport Terminal 2—for a limited time from July 3, 2020 to October 2, 2020.

     

    The Narita Anime Deck

    The Narita Anime Deck opened inside Narita International Airport Terminal 2 in November 2019. It’s an entertainment facility where travellers from around the world can experience and enjoy Japanese anime culture in various forms such as with character merchandise, food, events, and a variety of photo spots.

     

    Hello Kitty Cafe

    The facility has collaborated with numerous anime series to open up limited-time cafes since it opened. This time around it is joining paws with Hello Kitty, a face known to all across the globe. As well as themed food, drinks and merchandise, customers can take a Hello Kitty quiz, learn the history behind Hello Kitty, and more.

     

    An Original Food Menu


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    Hello Kitty’s Gurakoro Burger: ¥1,500


    Hello Kitty’s Strawberry Pancake: ¥1,400


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    An Original Drinks Menu

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    Hello Kitty’s Marshmallow Coffee: ¥800


    Hello Kitty’s Latte (46 Designs): ¥720 Each

     

    Novelties

    For every item you order from the collaboration menu, you can also receive one of 46 possible original coasters once again featuring a different design of Hello Kitty between the years 1974-2019.

     

    1st Line-Up: July 3, 2020 – August 2, 2020


    2nd Line-Up: August 3, 2020 – September 2, 2020


    3rd Line-Up: September 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020

    If you’re travelling through Narita Airport anytime this year up to October, then be sure to head on up to the Narita Anime Deck to dine at the Hello Kitty Cafe.

     

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