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Tokyo’s top anime & mascot character cafes

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From the interior design to the utensils to menus, these locations allow you to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or meal while surrounded by your favorite characters.

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Go alone, go with a friend, or even a significant othe. Here is the list of our most recommended anime and character cafes.

Lot’s of cafe’s in Japan have special themes that are as varied as you could possibly imagine. One of the most popular type of cafe for people of all ages is that of the Anime cafe or character cafe. These places are amazing to visit if you are a fan of a particular character from a particular Anime or mascot and are often a great way to treat the kids to a different kind of meal eating out experience. So, here we have five of the top of these cafes that you can go and visit and have a brilliant time in.

1.Cafe Mugiwara-boshi in Mitaka’s Ghibli Museum

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Located 30 minutes from Tokyo station, this Ghibli-themed cafe can be found inside the Ghibli museum in Mitaka.

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The menu changes based on the featured gallery at the time and uses fresh and delicious ingredients straight from an organic farm.

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I’m sure you’ll be able to find some dishes based on your favorite Ghibli works and characters.

This special cafe is located in the famous Ghibli museum. As some of you will undoubtedly know the Ghibli museum is a museum dedicated to the world famous Ghibli studios. This studio company is so popular all over the globe and that is mainly down to its world wide domination in the world of anime movies. These include popular hits like Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro. This cafe lets you be enthralled in the world of Ghibli for a nice bit of food and maybe a beer after you’ve toured the museum complex. It is a remarkable place that will leave you feeling like you were now a part of the whole Ghibli experience. And who knows you may even run into the studios mascot – the one and only Totoro.


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Gundam Cafe is located in the anime, idol, and electronics paradise of Akihabara.

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After being welcomed by staff wearing Gundam’s iconic Earth Federation Space Force uniforms, enjoy some Gundam-inspired food and drinks.

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Inside the cafe you’ll find collector’s items and merchandise on sale that feature signatures from some of the most famous Gundam voice actors, making it a great place to just look around.

Now, this one is going to please a very large amount of GUNDAM fans that maybe didn’t know this place existed. GUNDAM cafe is a cafe that immerses you into the world of GUNDAM. There are GUNDAM fans all over the world that would plan a trip to Tokyo just so they can visit this special cafe. This cafe really encompasses the world of GUNDAM and has decorated the interior in such a way that you feel like you are a part of it. If you don’t know what GUNDAM is, it’s one of the most popular and long running anime series ever produced with one heck of a loyal fan base. Oh, and don’t forget the food, you can even get take out food there.

3.Cafe de Miki with Hello Kitty

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This Odaiba cafe is designed using Hello Kitty’s hometown of London as a motif.

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Enjoy a large selection of tea flavors and kawaii sweets like pancakes and lattes that feature Hello Kitty drawings.

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Thanks to its variety-filled menu and relaxing interior, this is a great spot for adult get togethers.

Is there a more iconic mascot figure than Hello Kitty right now in Japan? I certainly can’t think of one. Girls and women all over the world have fallen in love with Hello Kitty and her face is on everything from clothing to bath soaps to stationary. So, this cafe then is one that will certainly make them go a little bit crazy with excitement. Cafe de Miki with Hello Kitty will give you delicious food either with Hello Kitty’s face on it or in the shape of it’s face. They have a strong range of good foods and Hello Kitty lovers will certainly want to try them all I’m sure of that. You can also enjoy the Hello Kitty decor and doorway.

4.Kitaro Chaya

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Located in Chofu, one of Tokyo’s most nature-filled areas, you can enjoy a cafe based on the famous Japanese manga GeGeGe no Kitaro.

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The most popular item is an ice cream sundae full of fruit that is based on the spirit Ittanmomen.

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Life sized statues of the various spirits and monsters can be found all around outside the cafe, perfect for taking photos with family and friends.

Kitaro Chaya literally translates in English to Kitaro Tea House. Kitaro is a cute little character from a manga series. Kitaro is a character in the series GeGeGe no Kitaro. It was then turned into a popular anime series of the same name. It focuses on Kitaro of course who is said to be the soul survivor of a Ghost tribe. Think of it as a little like Scooby Doo here in the west. You may never have heard of it before as its original manga was printed in the nineteen sixties and the anime series was broadcast in the nineteen seventies. So this one may well make your parents ears perk up. The cafe is home to tonnes of memorabilia and some of it is indeed for sale. You can browse the products and order yourself a nice tea and some food. What more could a Kitaro fan ask for?

5.The Museum Cafe in Fujiko F Fujio Museum

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This cafe can be found inside the Fujiko F Fujio Museum, a popular museum dedicated to Fujiko F Fujio, famous creator particularly known for the internationally popular Doraemon.

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The roof is home to a wide open terrace area where you can pass the time while taking in the beautiful nature of the area.

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The menu is full of items based on Fujiko F. Fujio characters that look so cute you’ll think twice before taking a bite.

A museum that is dedicated to the magnificent manga creator Hiroshi Fujimoto. More commonly known by his pen name Fujiko・F・Fujio. This place is a world that people of all ages will enjoy and most will have read at least one of his manga’s. In the museum cafe there is no difference. The cafe is quaint and nice with little details dotted around relating to the great mans work. And after you have enthralled yourself with his work in the museum you can order your meals which are all named after his works. A must see for any die hard manga aficionado.

So, there you have it then, five of the best spots to feed your addiction to your favourite anime’s, mascot’s or characters whilst also feeding your stomach too. There truly is a place for everyone on this list from lovers of manga you can visit the Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum cafe. For lovers of anime you can take a delve into the world of GUNDAM in the GUNDAM cafe and for all you millions of Hello Kitty lovers get yourselves down to Cafe de Miki to get your fix of the cat you love so dearly.