Five Japanese-style cafes in Tokyo where you can enjoy the culture of ninja, Japanese food and Japanese desserts.
There are lots of stylish cafes in Tokyo and the number of “Japanese-style cafés” is increasing.
In this article, I will introduce to you some modern but good-old Japanese-style cafes.
“Ninja Sabo KUNOICHI” where you can meet with ninjas (Shibuya)
The concept of this café is “a café where you can meet with ninjas.” Of course, the menu items will be delivered by “kunoichis” (female ninja). They sell special menu items such as “omusubi”(rice balls) which you can learn how to make, KUNOICHI’s special dango (rice dumpling) and cherry-blossom gelidium jelly. They also sell lots of nihonshu (sake) so you can use the café as a bar.
A Japanese tea-café where you can enjoy “Yamecha”-“CHAKAS CAFÉ” (Kohto-ku)
CHAKAS CAFÉ is a café where one can enjoy Fukuoka Prefecture’s brand tea, “Yamecha” (the tea will be served in a teapot) and handmade onigiri.
You can enjoy full-fledged tea and onigiris produced by a “Japanese tea appraiser” and a “five-star rice master” everyday.
Autumn Sweet Potato Frappuccino Now Available at Starbucks Japan
22.September.2021 | FOOD
Fall is in the air, which means seasonal treats are back at Starbucks! The Sweet Potato Frappuccino will be available at participating Starbucks locations beginning September 22, which also happens to be the first day of autumn.
The 4th annual Artful Autumn @ Starbucks promotion is back for 2021! This year’s concept is ‘Made by Earth,’ and the lineup of new products features fall ingredients that highlight the bounty of the planet.
Tall Sweet Potato Frappuccino To-Go: ¥638 / In-store: ¥650
The new drink is filled with the flavor of baked sweet potato, honey, and molasses. Each beverage is made with roasted sweet potatoes that have been cut into pieces, keeping some of their unique texture. Sweet potato flakes sprinkled on top add a bit of crunch!
If you’re in Japan, be sure to grab one before they’re gone!
Sweet Potato Frappuccino®
Available: September 22, 2021 – October 19, 2021 (While supplies last.)
Where: Participating Starbucks locations nationwide.
Official Site: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/
Art Gallery Cafe WHAT CAFE to Open New Collaborative Exhibition with the DELTA Project
A new collaborative exhibition is coming to WHAT CAFE in Tokyo! The WHAT CAFE x DELTA EXHIBITION -EXPANSION- will run from September 25 until October 24, and will give guests some incredible pieces to ponder while sipping some warm coffee.
WHAT CAFE is an art and culture facility opened with the goal of supporting artists with promising futures in the industry. Guests can wander the gallery while enjoying a meal or beverage, with some art being available for purchase.
Flash FINCH – Ji-hae Park
Combination-cut in 2 – Saki Matsumura
Galloping on a Free-floating Planet – Yui Suzuki
real screen – Takuro Sugiyama
This exhibition was inspired by WHAT CAFE’s interest in the activities of DELTA, an art project that helps plan and organize art fairs and exhibitions around Japan. It’s mission is to create a new place connecting galleries, artists, and collectors, while also breaking the norm and making a space that is more accessible. The WHAT CAFE x DELTA EXHIBITION -EXPANSION- will feature 60 works by 17 cutting-edge artists carefully selected from seven different galleries based in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. The showing will ask visitors to expand their minds and become more flexible when pondering the meaning behind each of the pieces on display.
Does this art-gallery-meets-cafe sound like your kind of place?
WHAT CAFE x DELTA EXHIBITION –EXPANSION-
Running: September 25 – October 24, 2021
Official Site: https://cafe.warehouseofart.org
Kumagaya City, Saitama Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu Opens After Rebranding
13.September.2021 | SPOT
Cafe BIVOUAC, located in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, will reopen Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu on September 18, 21, after a full rebranding.
The space aims to be ‘a garden that clears a guest’s body and mind.’ Visitors can enjoy a full bath and sauna, freshly-picked vegetables at the Haruniwa Dining Room, and a lush green lounge in which to relax and unwind.
The Haruniwa Dining Room, run by The Farm, a resort in Chiba Prefecture, offers healthy dishes filled with fresh local vegetables from Kumagaya with carefully-selected main ingredients.
In addition, a collaboration with fashion brand ‘niko and…’ will also begin upon reopening, offering the perfect comfy clothes to wear while enjoying the property. The lineup includes an original bath bag and sauna hat, each sold exclusively at Hareniwa no Yu.
Bath Cafe Hareniwa no Yu (Cafe BIVOUAC)
Open: September 18, 2021
Address: 939 Kubojima, Kumagaya-shi, Saitama
Official Site: https://ofurocafe-bivouac.com/
Healing ‘Panda’ Sweets Available at Gelato Pique Café for a Limited Time
A selection of healing monotone panda sweets will be available at the Gelato Pique Café between September 6 and September 25. The collection is titled “everyday PANDA! ~Sweets Time with Pandas~.”
Gelato Pique Café Original Panda Glass/Mug
Available from September 6
Gelato Pique Panda Motif Eco Bag / Panda Motif Hand Towel
Online reservations open September 2, available instore from September 8
In 2021, the Gelato Pique Café announced two rounds of animal themed sweets, proving hugely popular on social media. For Easter they released “Bunny Sweets” with rabbit ears motifs, while a series of “Polar Bear Sweets” was released during the Summer. Now, a selection of “Panda Sweets” is the latest to join the animal collection.
The chocolate and banana Panda Crepe is filled with a healing ganache and banana, while the Panda Gelato has cocoa biscuits studded around the pandas neck, along with rounded eyes and ears. The “healing monotone” Panda Float combines the Gelato Pique Café’s original Guatemalan coffee blend with Royal Blue Bourbon.
Along with this “everyday PANDA!” Fair, we have a large lineup of panda goods that will make you happy just by having them. Goods that are perfect for presents, souvenirs, and rewards for yourself can be purchased at each gelato pique cafe store and EC site, so please look forward to that too!
There is a huge lineup of panda goods that will brighten your day releasing alongside the “everyday PANDA” fair, which make perfect gifts for friends – or yourself! You can view the goods lineup in store and on the Gelato Pique website.
Marvel Superhero Cafe to Open in Osaka for Limited Time
A limited-time Marvel themed cafe is coming to Umeda, Osaka from September 16 until October 17. Produced by OH MY CAFE, the concept is centered on themes such as power, courage, talent, justice, and friendship, and the menu will be filled with items inspired by the many heroes of the Marvel universe.
The cafe menu features original items representing the worlds of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Black Widow. All dishes are healthy, low-sodium, and low-sugar. Various original pieces of merchandise will also be available for fans of American comics!
Marvel Paprikash: ¥1,759 (Tax Included)
<Spider-Man> The Best Chicken Sandwich in Queens: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
<Captain America> American Tomato Pasta: ¥1,979 (Tax Included)
<Thor> Hammer Curry in the Desert: ¥2,089 (Tax Included)
<Black Widow> Jet-Black Squid Ink Gratin: ¥1,869 (Tax Included)
<Iron Man> Evening Donut-style Bagel Sandwich: ¥1,979 (Tax Included)
<Captain America> Ramune Soda: ¥1,209 (+¥770 for coaster) (Tax Included)
<Iron Man> Cherry Soda: ¥1,209 (+¥770 for coaster) (Tax Included)
Marvel Cafe Latte: ¥989 (+¥1,650 for mug) (Tax Included)
Marvel Tea Bottle: ¥769 (Tax Included) / Bottle and Charm: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Customers who make a reservation in advance will receive one random original mask case (7 designs).
Acrylic Keyring (6 designs): ¥825 (Tax Included)
Square Pins (13 designs, random): ¥495 (Tax Included) / Marvel Case: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
A5-size Clear Folder (7 designs, random): ¥385 (Tax Included)
Tote Bag: ¥1,100 (Tax Included) / Marvel Bandana Handkerchief: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Menu Art Series A4-size Clear Folder: ¥440 (Tax Included) / Menu Bandana Handkerchief: ¥1,650 (Tax Included) / Acrylic Magnets (6 designs): ¥715 (Tax Included)
Avengers: Endgame Clear Folders (5 designs, random): ¥550 (Tax Included) / Avengers: Infinity War Postcards (8 designs, random): ¥275 (Tax Included)
Ⓒ 2020 MARVEL
MARVEL Cafe produced by OH MY CAFE
Running: September 16 – October 17, 2021
Location: UMEDA BOX cafe&space (Umeda LOFT 1F, 16-7 Chayamachi, Kita-ku, Osaka)
*Event period subject to change.
OH MY CAFE Tokyo Twitter: https://twitter.com/ohmycafe_tokyo
Official Site: https://ohmycafe.jp
Chiikawa Themed Cafe to Open for Limited Time at Shizuoka PARCO
Twitter-famous character Chiikawa is coming to Shizuoka PARCO starting September 16! Guests can enjoy a cafe on the first floor of the facility serving specially-crafted treats, and can head to the fourth floor for a shop selling original Chiikawa cafe goods.
Hachiware Cream Soda / Chiikawa Cream Soda / Usagi Cream Soda: ¥990 each (Tax Included)
Fluffy Cloud Latte with Character Sugar: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Yoroi-san’s Strawberry Milk: ¥990 (Tax Included)
Best Friends Cookie Set (3 cookies): ¥880 (Tax Included, takeout only)
Each drink order will come with a random coaster (15 designs total).
Mug: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Cafe Chef Plushies: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Cafe Employee Plushies: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Bowl: ¥2,200 (Tax Included)
Random Acrylic Keychain (8 designs): ¥660 (Tax Included)
*Limit 2 items per person per type of merchandise. For random items, the limit is 10 items per person per type.
*Images are for reference only. Not all products are shown.
*Contents are subject to change.
4th Floor Shop Special Goods
Guests spending ¥4,400 or more (including tax) will receive an original cork coaster!
The Chiikawa manga, created by Japanese illustrator nagano, is extremely popular on Twitter for its cute illustrations and heartwarming stories. In August, the second Chiikawa book was released.
Who is your favorite Chiikawa character?
Chiikawa Cafe Drink Stand
Running: September 16 – October 3, 2021
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (last food order at 19:00, last drink order at 19:30)
Location: Shizuoka PARCO 1F (6-7 Koyamachi, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka)
Chiikawa Cafe Shop
Running: September 16 – October 3, 2021
Location: Shizuoka PARCO 4F
Official Site: https://shizuoka.parco.jp/
Nature-filled Digital Detox Cafe HANARIDA Opens in Harajuku
Zoomers are used to life with their smartphones and computers. While life certainly is more convenient being able to connect instantly with your friends, have you ever felt a certain emptiness despite this? According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, young people in their 20s spend approximately four to five hours looking at screens per day. However, sometimes, it can be nice to put down your phone and enjoy a cup of tea with your friends in front of you. With those thoughts, the HANARIDA Harajuku cafe open on August 8 2021. The hidden cafe is filled with flowers and greenery, aimed at adults. Here you can enjoy a quiet time away from the bustle of the city, relaxing with a cup of dry fruit-infused herbal tea.
Every sunday is a digital detox day, meaning that smartphones and laptops are banned in the cafe. You can leave your phone with the staff to receive a free drink. With the comfy interior and a selection of board games, conversations will flow naturally to create a home-like space, even without technology
The flowers and trees in the cafe, which was decorated by a professional flower artist, are all real. The atmosphere changed based on the time of day – the sunshine lights up the cafe while the warm lights make for a relaxing evening. You won’t get tired of this cozy space!
Experience relaxation away from the busy city while watching the flowers bloom throughout the day, as you puff on a dried fruit Hanakemuri hookah. The hookah used by HANADIRA is both nicotine and tar free, meaning they can be enjoyed by non-smokers.
Their drink selection for Valentine’s day 2021 was a huge hit on social media, particularly the Sakicha dry fruit tea. The tea is now available on the menu, so make sure to try it for yourself!
Opening Date: September 8 2021
Opening Hours: 11:30 ~ 24:00 (No regular holidays)
※Closes at 20:00 until September 12 due to the current state of emergency declaration.
Address: Section L Pop-up House 2F 4-27-2, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Seven minute walk from JR Harajuku Station
※Under 20s are denied entry to the cafe
Official Site: https://hanarida-official.com/
Kyoto Sweets Cafe eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi Restarts Popular Breakfast Menu for Weekends
The calm Machiya sweet shop eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi will be restarting the popular eXcafe Breakfast (Calico) menu on weekends from September 4 2021. This is the perfect spot to start your Gion adventure, packed full of ancient city charm and history.
eXcafe currently has three store locations in Kyoto: Kyoto-Arashiyama, Gion-Shinbashi, and the newly opened Gion Yasaka.
eXcafe Gion Shinbashi is located in an area where you can appreciate the beauty of Gion, with the ever changing scenery fully reflecting the four seasons. Even on sunny weekends, the area isn’t overly busy and the sky is beautifully clear, making it the perfect spot for commemorative photos.
The returning breakfast menu is the eXcafe Breakfast (Calico), made up of charcoal-grilled toast with a calico cat motif. The fluffy bread is thickly cut and can be completed with your favorite topping: Bean paste, butter, whipped cream, or fruits. The breakfast set also includes a drink and Mitarashi dango dessert, making it the perfect way to spend a relaxing moment at the beginning of your trip, or as a break from your early-morning sightseeing.
Morning walks in Gion are particularly refreshing at this time of year, making a perfect break from the intense Summer heat. It is also ideal for visiting the Yasaka Shrine.
You’ll feel even cooler as you listen to the flowing Shira River, the water gently bubbling under the cobblestones of the famous Tatsumi Bridge. Although it is located in a trendy area, the eXcafe Gion-Shinbashi is a welcome break from the bustle of the city, surrounded by cobblestone alleys and wooden townhouses.
Address: 57-1 Motoyoshi-cho, Higashiyama, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 10:00 ~ 18:00
Weekends, holidays: 08:00 ~ 18:00
Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Two-Layer Mizu Yokan
With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With just a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.
Today, I’ll teach you how to make two-layer Mizu Yokan, perfect for a hot summer day!
You don’t even need an oven to make this sweet treat–just let it chill and harden! It’s great as a summer vacation snack.
This recipe makes 2 cups.
For Mizu Yokan:
120g fine-grained sweet bean paste
Pinch of salt
1-2g Kanten powder
For Matcha Flavoring:
1-2g Kanten powder
Place bean paste, water, salt, and Kanten powder into a pot and boil until dissolved.
⚠The Kanten powder needs to be heated for a further 1-2 minutes after boiling to harden properly. After boiling, reduce heat to low.
Pour mixture into container.
After about 30 minutes at room temperature, the mixture will start to harden. Work on the matcha flavoring when it begins to harden.
Place matcha, water, sugar, and Kanten powder in a pot and boil thoroughly.
As you did with the Mizu Yokan, reduce heat to low and continue cooking through.
When the mixture is heated through, gently pour it over the Mizu Yokan and refrigerate until ready to serve.
This is delicious with a variety of toppings, from red bean paste and fresh cream to Shiratama dumplings and fresh fruit!
Stop-motion Series Pui Pui Molcar Gets Collaboration Cafe for Limited-Time
Adorable stop-motion series Pui Pui Molcar is getting a limited-time cafe run! The Mogu Mogu Molcar Restaurant will open in four areas–Tokyo, Osaka, Shizuoka, and Sendai–starting September 2.
Those who reserve a seat early will receive a randomly-selected sticker. (5 designs.)
For each drink ordered, guests will receive a random paper coaster. (5 designs)
Who Caused the Traffic Jam? PUIPUI Temarizushi: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Cat Rescuing Operation – Meat! Meat! Pasta: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Zombies and Lunch Green Curry: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Pui Pui Racing Salad: ¥1,210 (Tax Included)
Time Molcar Stew: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
It’s a Prank? It’s Tiramisu: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Mission Impossible Pancakes: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Everything is a Surprise Box Cake: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Angelic Parfait: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Let’s Molcar Party Drinks: ¥880 each (Tax Included)
Masked Shiromo Cafe Latte: ¥990 (Tax Included)
Chewing Chewing Popcorn Smoothie: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keychains (5 designs): ¥700 (Tax Included)
Pins (5 designs): ¥450 each (Tax Included)
Acrylic Stands (5 designs): ¥1,100 each (Tax Included)
Mug: ¥1,800 (Tax Included) / Tag Roll: ¥800 (Tax Included)
Neck Strap: (5 designs): ¥1,700 each
Drawstring Pouch: ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
Pui Pui Molcar is the first animated television series directed by Asaki Misato, and has captured the hearts of children and adults alike with it’s short episodes and fluffy characters. The series began broadcasting in January 2021, and in only the first week, the official Molcar Twitter page exceeded 100,000 followers. The show is available on Netflix in the west, and is being rebroadcast in Japan each Tuesday morning on TV Tokyo.
The cafe menu utilizes each episode’s title, and guests can enjoy reliving their favorite moments of the show through artfully-plated dishes.
What would you order at the cafe?
©Tomoki Misato JGH・Shin-Ei Animation／Molcars
Mogu Mogu Molcar Restaurant
Location: TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi
Address: 1F Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Running: September 2 – October 17, 2021
Location: #702 CAFE&DINER Namba Parks
Address: 7F Namba Parks, 2-10-7 Nambanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka
Running: September 2 – October 9, 2021
Location: kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Shizuoka PARCO
Address: 3F Shizuoka PARCO, 6-7 Konyacho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka
Running: September 8 – October 11, 2021
Location: GabuLIcious Sendai
Address: 1-2F 1-6-3 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai
Running: September 10 – October 11, 2021
Online Shop Open: September 2, 11:00 – October 17, 23:59
Online Shop: https://molcar-cafe.jp/online_store
Reservations/Official Site: https://molcar-cafe.jp/
*The cafe will take thorough measures to prevent the spread of COVID, and will implement various safety measures for both customers and employees. For more information, refer to the official website.
New BT21 Cafe Coming to Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, and Okinawa
The 9th BT21 Cafe ~Relaxing Holiday~ will be open for a limited time in six venues across Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, and Okinawa. If you’re a fan of these adorable LINE FRIENDS, just take a look at the menu items and goods on offer!
Chicken and Orange Hot Sandwich: ¥1,760 (Tax Included)
Grilled Vegetable Curry: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Tandoori Chicken Tacos: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Bacon: ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Pistachio and Chocolate S’mores: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Cinnamon Apple Pie: ¥1,540 (Tax Included)
Maple Lemon German Pancake: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Mixed Berry German Pancake: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Strawberry Mojito/Kiwi Mojito/Peach Mojito: ¥990 each (Tax Included)
Coffee (Iced/Hot) / Black Tea (Iced/Hot): ¥550 (Tax Included)
Pins (Random, 7 designs): ¥660 (Tax Included)
Acrylic Keyrings (7 designs): ¥770 (Tax Included) / Clear Folder: ¥440 (Tax Included)
Stickers (7 designs): ¥770 each (Tax Included) / Placemat (2 designs): ¥1,000 each (Tax Included)
Swizzle Stick (7 designs): ¥990 each (Tax Included) / Tote Bag: ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Canvas Pouch: ¥1,980 (Tax Included) / Mini-towel (7 designs): ¥990 each (Tax Included)
Bandana (2 designs): ¥1,320 each (Tax Included) / Marshmallows: ¥972 (Tax Included)
Customers who book a table in advance will receive a randomly selected A5-size clear folder and a random clear coaster for each drink ordered.
The first installment of the 9th BT21 Cafe run, ~MY LITTLE BUDDY~, began in July 2021. The menu and goods, based on cute babies and their friends, received rave reviews.
~Relaxing Holiday~ is inspired by summer and being outside with friends. Menu items look like what people may eat while camping, and the original character art features your favorite BT21 characters eating their favorite foods. Various soups and desserts are available in cute souvenir cups, and anything ordered is perfect for posting on social media!
Which menu item looks the most delicious to you?
*Images for reference only.
BT21 Cafe 9th Run ~Relaxing Holiday~
Address: SHINJUKU BOX café&space Lumine EST (B1F 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
Running: August 28, 2021 – October 3, 2021
Address: HARAJUKU BOX Alta (3F 16-4 Jingumae 1-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Running: September 16, 2021 – October 31, 2021
Address: Collabo_Index Lumine Yokohama (6F 2-16-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa)
Running: September 1, 2021 – October 3, 2021
Address: Nagoya Box café&space (B1F LACHIC, 3-6-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi)
Running: September 30, 2021 – November 7, 2021
Address: Shinsaibashi contact (1-6-24 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka)
Running: August 27, 2021 – September 23, 2021
Address: OKINAWA BOX café&space (Naha OPA 2F, 1-20-1 Izumizaki, Naha, Okinawa)
Running: September 3, 2021 – October 3, 2021
Official Site: https://2021-2.box-cafe.jp/
BT21 is a globally popular cast of characters from LINE FRIENDS.
*The products and menu items produced and sold by LEGS COMPANY, Ltd. are the result of an official license agreement with LINE FRIENDS Co., Ltd. and may not be reproduced or sold without permission from LINE FRIENDS Co., Ltd.
Upcoming The Prince of Tennis CG Film Inspires Limited-Time Cafe
Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro will be hosting a special cafe inspired by the upcoming The Prince of Tennis film, releasing in theaters September 3. The cafe will run from September 3 until October 14.
The Prince of Tennis ran in the popular manga magazine Shonen Jump from 1999 until 2008, and found incredible popularity in Japan. It was adapted into an anime series in 2001, running for 178 episodes, and has also been transformed into 15 stage musicals, a live-action film, a radio show, multiple video games, and more. The upcoming 3DCG film was announced in 2019.
In a teaser image released to promote the special cafe, main character Ryoma appears beside other characters from the series in an adorable tiny style. More details about the menu and goods offered will be revealed soon, so keep an eye out for an update!
What goods are you hoping to see sold at the cafe?
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Ryoma! Shinsei Gekijoban Tennis no Oji-sama Collaboration Cafe
Running: September 3-October 14, 2021
Location: Capcom Cafe Ikebukuro
Address: Q Plaza Ikebukuro (3F), 1-30-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/Capcom_Cafe/
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/capcomcafe/
Official Site: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/ikebukuro/