Top 10 Character Cafés in Japan: February & March 2018

12.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

Collaborative character cafés and menus in Japan are becoming more and more popular, where cafés team up with popular character franchises from various media including anime, games and brands to serve up themed menus. Let’s take a look at some of the collaborations you can look forward to in February and March this year.

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar×Marronnier Gate Ginza

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The world of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of the most loved picture books in the world, has been brought to life in the form of a café. The café opened in Ginza on January 18th and will will be open for a limited time only. The colourful and vivid mind of illustrator and children’s book writer Eric Carle is brought to life through food. The items on the menu promise to excite the fun aspect of eating. Expect to tuck into everybody’s favourite French toast, omurice, hamburgers, pasta and more, all themed on the wonderful world of the world’s beloved caterpillar.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/84934

 

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Harapeko Aomushi Café

Date: January 18, 2018 – August 31, 2018 (*closed February 19th)

Address: MARRONNIER GATE GINZA 1 (4F), Sunday Brunch, 2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00

*Reservation required before visiting the café by 17:30. You can sit at any seat after 17:30

 

Homepage: www.harapecocafe.com

TM & © 2018 Eric Carle LLC.

 

 

Monchhichi×Asakusabashi

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The plus secret café underneath JR Asakusabashi Station held its grand opening in collaboration with Monchhichi, a line of stuffed toy monkeys from Japan, on January 20th. The café is filled with limited edition goodies and there’s even be a workshop space. Monchhichi is an internationally loved character that first appeared in 1974. JR Asakusabashi Station is a bustling location situated nearby Asakusa and Akihabara. Enjoy your time together with Moncchichi underneath the station in a cute and stylish space.

 

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Address: 1-17-5 Asakusanashi, Taito, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00 (last orders 19:30)
Closed: Wednesdays

Website: https://plussecret.shopinfo.jp/
©2018 sekiguchi Co.,Ltd.

 

 

Jalan×Hands Cafe

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Travel information website Jalan’s official cat mascot Nyalan has made his way to Hands Cafe branches around Japan. A total of 8 Hands Cafe branches, including Omotesando Harajuku and Umeda, are now serving up a Nyalan themed menu. Six tasty and original meals and beverages are available including omurice, hamburgers, paw-style parfait, café au lait with cute art and more. The cafes have been completely turned into Nyalan’s world with decorations and a photo spot.

 

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Jalan × Hands Cafe

Running: January 17, 2018 – February 25, 2018

*Please note that store times and holidays vary across branches.

 

Hands Cafe Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 5F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

 

Hands Cafe Shibuya

Tokyu Hands Shibuya 7A, 12-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo

 

Hands Cafe etomo Chuorinkan

etomo 2F, 4-6-3 Chuorinkan, Yamato, Kanagawa

 

Hands Cafe Umeda

Tokyu Hands Umeda 10F, 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

 

Hands Cafe Morinomiya Q’s Mall

Morinomiya Q’s Mall BASE 2F, 2-1-70 Morinomiyachuo, Osaka-shi, Osaka

 

Hands Cafe Piole Akashi

Piole Akashi West 1F, 1-1-23 Oakashi, Akashi, Hyogo

 

Hands Cafe Hiroshima

Tokyu Hands Hiroshima 2F, 16-10 Hatchobori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture

 

Hands Cafe San-A Naha Main Place

San-A Naha Main Place 1F, 4-4-9 Omoromachi, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture

 

Hands Cafe Website: https://www.handscafe.jp/event.html

 

 

Sailor Moon×My Melody Candy Parlour

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Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon and My Melody are teaming up to open a collaborative café called Sailor Moon × My Melody Candy Parlour for a limited period in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo and Nagoya. See everybody’s favourite magical girls and Sanrio’s popular character come to life in the form of food, sweets and drinks served only at this café.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/90049

 

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Sailor Moon × My Melody Candy Parlour

 

Sapporo PARCO (Sapporo)

Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Sapporo PARCO 4F, 1-3-3 Minami, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

Running: April 6, 2018 – May 14, 2018

Opening Hours: Sunday-Friday 10:00-20:00 (food last orders 19:00 / drinks last orders 19:30) / Saturdays 10:00-20:30 (food last orders 19:30 / drinks last orders 20:00)

 

Ikebukuro PARCO (Tokyo)

Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Ikebukuro PARCO Honkan 7F, 1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Running: April 20, 2018 – May 21, 2018

Opening Hours: Café 10:00-22:00 (food last orders 21:00 / drinks last orders 21:30) / Merchandise Shop 10:00-21:00

 

Nagoya PARCO (Nagoya)

Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, Nagoya PARCO West Building 8F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture

Running: April 6, 2018 – May 21, 2018

Opening Hours: Café 10:00-21:30 (food last orders 20:30 / drinks last orders 21:00) / Merchandise Shop 10:00-21:00

 

Shinsaibashi 161 (Osaka)

Address: THE GUEST cafe & diner, 2F, 1-6-1 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture

Running: February 17, 2018 – April 15, 2018

Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (food last orders 20:00 / drinks last orders 20:30)

*Café will close at 18:00 on April 15th (food last orders 17:00 / drinks last orders 17:30)

 

THE GUEST café&diner Official Website: http://the-guest.com

 

©Naoko Takeuchi ・ PNP ・ Kodansha ・ Toei Animation

©1976, 2018, SANRIO CO., LTD.

 

 

Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama×Gudetama

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The Yokohama branch of Pompompunrin Cafe, a café themed around the popular Sanrio character Pompompurin, will collaborate with the “lazy-egg” character Gudetama. The collaborative menu is available from February 6th. The worlds of these two popular characters can be enjoyed at this café with its cute interior.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/89912

 

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Pomupomu Purin Café Yokohama Store

Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5, Nanko, Nishiku, Yokohamashi

Opening Date: February 6, 2018

Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (last orders 20:30)
TEL: 045-311-6750

Homepage: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com/

©1996, 2013,2018 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.S584328

 

 

Pop Team Epic×Sweets Paradise

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Collaborative cafés paying homage to Okawa Bukubu’s four-panel manga series POP TEAM EPIC, which has become recognised worldwide, are now open in Sweets Paradise branches throughout Japan. The café will offer original menu items such as “Poptepi Manma,” “A Ichimen no Kusomidori Pasta” and “Sekihotai de Tsuchikatta Sekihan,” as well as an all-you-can-eat option. They are also serving amusing named drinks such as “Imi ga Wakarimasuka? [Do you understand?] Café Latte” and “Shogakusei Level no Drink [low-quality drink made by an elementary school student].”

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/89750

 

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POP TEAM EPIC Café

 

Sweets Paradice SoLaDo – Harajuku Branch
Running: February 2nd – March 15th
Address: SoLaDo Takeshita Street 3F, 1-8-2, Jingumae, Shibuyaku, Tokyo
TEL: 03-6661-8671
Opening Hours: <Weekdays> 11:00 to 20:30, <Weekends & Holidays> 10:30 to 21:00

 

Sweets Paradise – Tennoji Branch
Running: February 2nd – February 27th
Address: Tennoji Mio 11F, 10-39 Hidenincho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi
TEL: 06-6775-4180
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (last orders 22:30)

 

Sweets Paradise – Machida modi Branch
Running: February 2nd – March 15th
Address: Machida modi 9F, 6-2-6 Haramachida, Machida-shi, Tokyo
TEL: 042-728-8506
Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00

 

Sweets Paradise – Hiroshima Parco Branch
Running: February 2nd – February 25th
Address: Hiroshima Parco Main Building B1F, 10-1 Hondori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
TEL: 082-249-0141
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

 

Sweets Paradise – Nagoya Parco Branch
Running: March 9th – April 8th
Address: Nagoya Parco West Building 8F, 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture
TEL: 052-263-0401
Opening Hours: 10:30-22:30 (open from 10:00 on Weekends & Holidays)

 

Sweets Paradise – Fukuoka Parco Branch
Running: March 3rd – March 31st
Address: 6F, 2-11-1, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL: 092-235-7253
Opening Hours: 10:00-20:30

 

 

Sanrio Characters×Dining Park Ikebukuro

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Sanrio Characters Lovely Café where popular Sanrio characters from back in the 80’s will gather, is now open at Dining Park Ikebukuro, located on the eight floor of Seibu Ikebukuro Honten, close to the east exit of Ikebukuro Station. From meals to desserts, step back in time with dishes celebrating the good-old characters from Sanrio.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/88086

 

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Sanrio Characters Lovely Café

Running: January 31, 2018 – April 17, 2018

Address: Gourmet Stadium II, Seibu Ikebukuro Honten 8F, 1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-0022

Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00 (open from 10:30 on Weekends & Holidays) *last orders 22:00

No fixed holidays except when specified by Seibu Ikebukuro.

TEL: 03-5949-5675

Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/ikebukuro/

 

 

アニメ「銀魂」×OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE

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Anime and manga series Gintama is set to gets it own themed cafe, “Gintama CAFÉ Host Club Takamagahara,” later this month. Gintama is a science fiction series written by manga author Hideaki Sorachi. The interior design of the The interior design of the café is an original creation based on the host club that appears in the story,  “Takamagahara.”

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87388

 

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Gintama CAFÉ Host Club Takamagahara

Address: OMOTESANDO BOX CAFE & SPACE B1F, Pine Under Flat, 5-13-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Running: February 15, 2018 – March 16, 2018

Opening Hours: 11:00-21:40 (80 mins stay max.)

Reservations: https://gintama-cafe.jp

*reservations must be made in advance before visiting Host Club Takamagahara

 

 

ドラゴンボール×ナチュラルキッチン

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Renowned anime and manga series Dragon Ball, a franchise loved all over the world, has also gotten its own character themed café. Natural Kitchen are very particular in their selection of ingredients for their meals, only picking the best. The talented chefs there have conceived a unique and original fun-packed menu completely themed around Dragon Ball.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/86377

 

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Dragon Ball Café & Diner Tokyo

Address: Natural Kitchen Omotesando, GYRE B1F, 5-10-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Running: January 15, 2018 – February 28, 2018

Opening Times: 11:00-22:00 (last orders 21:00)

Contact: 03-6805-0772

*No smoking

 

Website: http://dragonball-cafe-diner.jp

 

 

マイメロディ&クロミ×お好み焼き

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Japanese okonomiyaki restaurant chain Okonomiyaki Dohtonbori are holding a special campaign in collaboration with popular Sanrio characters My Melody and Kuromi. Titled My Melody & Kuromi wo Tsukurou, the campaign began on February 1st. The My Melody Okonomiyaki contains rice cake and cheese and is mixed with ketchup. It’s complete with a wafer ribbon and a decorated face made from soya beans. The Kuromi Okonomiyaki is cooked with pork and black coloured batter. Like the My Melody okonomiyaki, this one’s also decorated with a soya bean sheet for a face, as well as a wafer skull accessory. There’s a whole list of other delicious meals featured on this collaborative menu to tuck into too.

 

Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/87507

 

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My Melody & Kuromi×Dohtonbori Collaboration Campaign

Running: February 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018

Location: Select Dohtonbori branches around Japan

Campaign Webpage: https://www.dohtonbori.com/campaign/mymelody/

©1976, 2005, 2018 SANRIO CO., LTD APPROVAL No. G582283

 

 

Did you enjoy this list? You can expect to find cafes around Japan collaborating with popular characters all the time. If you’re there this month or March, then be sure to check out any of the above!

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