5 Weird and Wonderful Themed Cafes You Need to Visit in Tokyo

5 Weird & Wonderful Themed Cafes in Tokyo

When you visit a restaurant or cafe, it’s usually for the food and drink right? Well in Tokyo, it’s all about the experience, and believe me – we had some weird and wonderful dining experiences during our trip.

From cuddling a bunny to being handcuffed in a jail cell, things got a little weird at lunchtime in Japan’s quirky capital.

Here’s our 5 favourite weird and wonderful themed cafes in Tokyo:

Robot Restaurant

Robot Restaurant, one of the best themed cafes in Tokyo

If you’re going to visit one one wacky restaurant in Tokyo, it has got to be the Robot Restaurant. Here you’ll witness a sixty-minute ‘show’ full of bright lights, lasers and a lot of latex (oh and some robots driven by bikini-clad dancers.)

The Robot Restaurant, an LED explosion that cost over $1 million dollars to build, is famous for it’s gigantic fembots and bizarre cabaret making it one of the best themed cafes in Tokyo.

When it’s over you probably won’t be able to comprehend what just happened – but you will know that it had to be in Tokyo.

Dancer at the Robot Restaurant - one of the many themed cafes in Tokyo

Price: Buy your ticket in advance from their official website. At Y8,000 it’s a little steep – but in our opinion, worth it for such a memorable experience. Eat before the show rather than adding the overpriced meal set to your ticket.

How to get there: From Shinjuku Station, take the West Exit and walk for 5 minutes – you can’t miss the entrance.

Zauo Fishing Restaurant 

Diners tucking in to their catch at Zauo fishing restaurant

Fresh seafood is taken to a whole new level at Zauo, the fishing restaurant in Shinjuku where you catch your own lunch.

Once you’ve taken your seat in the giant wooden boat in the middle of the restaurant, you’ll be given a rod and bait ready to go fishing.

Your catch will be cooked however you choose, but not before your ‘victory’ celebration at the front of the restaurant.

Price: Around Y3000 per fish (it’s cheaper if you catch it yourself rather than ordering from the menu) the price list is clearly shown in the restaurant, click here to visit the website.

How to get there: Less than a 10 minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station South Entrance, check out google maps for full instructions.

Kawaii Monster Cafe

One of the monsters poses behind an array of goodies for sale at the Monster cafe in Tokyo

Prepare for your mind to be blown from the minute you step into Kawaii Monster Cafe, a fantasy world full of colour and well, weirdness.

The restaurant is divided into four themed areas: Mushroom Disco, Milk Stand, Bar Experiment and Mel-Tea Room.

Don’t miss the monster show that takes place throughout the day on the cake-shaped carousel, the focal point in the room. The decorations make this one of the best themed cafes in Tokyo.

'Monsters' pose for photos after their performance at the Monster cafe in Tokyo

Price: There is a table charge of Y500, although we didn’t have to pay this as we had a coupon – make sure you check google for any coupons before you visit. Drinks are priced around Y700 and food Y800-Y1000 (the food is quite a colourful spectacle in itself!)

Click here to make a reservation on the Monster Cafe website.

How to get there: The cafe is located in Harajuku, click here for full instructions on how to get there.

 

Animal Cafes 

One of the many owls at the Forest of Owls cafe in Tokyo

From fur to feathers, you can stroke some unusual species at one of the many animal cafes in Tokyo.

As we’d already visited dog and cat cafes in Korea, we decided to check out a rabbit cafe and an owl cafe.

Forest of Owls (Owl no Mori) 

Some of the owls were allowed to roam the cafe at the Forest of Owls cafe in Tokyo

One of the newer and more reasonably priced owl cafes in Tokyo, Owl no Mori is home to over a dozen birds including eagle owls and tawny owls.

Upon entering a staff member will explain to you how to handle the owls properly.

It was a great way for us to interact with owls, a bird we’d never been able to see up close.

Price: Y890 entrance fee which includes a soft drink. Owl no Mori is open from 13:00pm-23:00pm.

How to get there: Click here to visit the official website where there is a map and directions to the cafe.

 

Ra.a.g.f Rabbit Cafe

The largest rabbit eats one of the many snacks for sale at the Ra.a.g.f Rabbit Cafe in Tokyo

What better way to cure a hangover than to cuddle a big fluffy rabbit?

This backstreet bunny cafe in Harajuku is home to around a dozen rabbits who you can pet, feed and play with. This has to be one of the cutest themed cafes in Tokyo.

The rabbits are switched every hour ensuring they get plenty of rest throughout the day.

Price: Y700 for first thirty minutes or Y1100 for first hour.

How to get there: Take the A7 exit from Harajuku Station and follow this map.

 

Alcatraz E.R

Waitress at Alcatraz E.R

Modelled after a prison hospital, this house-of-horrors style restaurant is a must-visit for drinks after dark.

Once you arrive, an eery nurse will be waiting to lead you to your prison cell. From there you must bang on the bars of your cell to order your drinks, which are served out of syringes, test tubes and prosthetic heads.

Inside the jail cells at Alcatraz E.R in Tokyo

Without giving too much away – prepare yourself for one of the frightening ‘shows’ that take place throughout the evening.

Price: There is a table charge of Y500, and you can expect to pay Y700-Y800 for one of the medical themed cocktails, we didn’t bother with food. Alcatraz E.R is open from 17:00pm, click here to visit their website.

How to get there: A 10 minute walk from Shibuya Station on the 2nd floor in the ‘Harvest Building.’ Check out google maps for clear walking instructions.

 

Can you recommend any themed cafes in Tokyo that aren’t on our list?

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23 Comments

  1. 27th April 2017 / 7:58 am

    These cafes look so interesting! It would be fun to try the fishing one! I’d love to visit the owl and rabbit cafes as well. The bunny in your photo is too cute!!

  2. 18th March 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I have never heard of these cafes in Tokyo, I wish I had known when I had visited. I think I would try the Robot cafe, that looks quite cool or the Alcatraz ER. I did go to one show in Japan at a restaurant and it was the craziest thing I had ever seen, not sure it was supposed to be comedy but we couldn’t stop laughing all the way through. It was that bad you couldn’t help but laugh!!

  3. 15th March 2017 / 1:47 am

    Tokyo is so cool! I can’t wait to visit soon. The hardest part is finding time for all the weird things it has to offer. All of these cafes look great!

  4. 14th March 2017 / 2:44 am

    I had to choose between the Penguin Cafe and the Robot cafe, and I chose poorly! The Penguin cafe was so depressing 🙁

  5. 27th February 2017 / 4:39 pm

    There are cool cafes in Seoul but holy crap these take the cake! I’d love to go to the robot museum, but that Alcatraz Cafe seems terrifying – totally my speed. I’m trying to decide when might be the best time to trip to Tokyo. How many days would you suggest?

  6. 18th February 2017 / 12:22 pm

    OMGOSH! Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve never been to Japan but I hope to in the next few years and I want to go to all the cafes listed here (except for the scary ones)! I’ve bookmarked this website to help me with future Japan trip planning!

  7. 18th February 2017 / 2:42 am

    OMG this is so cool ! I actually heard about this Robot place before! Sounds insane haha I would love to visit all this places when I get to go to Japan one day. They are so funny and creative over there

  8. 17th February 2017 / 4:48 am

    These look so much fun! I’m sure I’d visit one of the owl cafes.. I’ve been to cat cafes, but that’s really something different 😀

    Jacky

  9. 17th February 2017 / 4:48 am

    Amazing! This past summer I traveled to Japan for a short trip. We were only there for a few days and we spent them climbing mt.fuji! I wish I was able to spend more time there and visit these awesome restaurants in Tokyo. I will put them on my list for my next trip! Thank you!

    • 21st May 2017 / 12:16 pm

      Vale, vale, fisgad, fisgad, si los libros lo hacen vosotros no vais a ser mePon…sero vamos que quede claro que a los libros hay que tenerlos contentos, algún librito de infantil como un día se le crucen los cables, igual se lía a mordiscos con algún niño zampa gusanitos o bocata de salchichón grasoso, nosotros estamos avisando… XD

  10. 16th February 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Whoa… Japan is just soooo cool and weird:) WOW… never heard any of these in Tokyo. I’ll probably go with the fishing restaurant the the owl with the kiddos:) Thanks for sharing…

  11. 16th February 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Robot restaurant is on my bucket list! I’ve been wanting to go there for years. It looks like a trippy experience. Great, colorful blog post!

  12. 16th February 2017 / 11:30 am

    This was wonderful!! Can’t wait to visit one of these. Amazing pictures, thanks for sharing.

  13. 16th February 2017 / 4:01 am

    Omg all of these cafes are SO.FRICKIN.COOL. I heard there’s one that’s Alice in Wonderland themed! Have you been yet?

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  14. 16th February 2017 / 3:14 am

    This is so amazing. I love owls, so I might have screamed a little bit (low I promise) when I saw the Owl Cafe.

  15. 16th February 2017 / 1:29 am

    These places are awesome! I’d love to go to the owl and rabbit cafes. I’m even excited about the fishing cafe and I don’t even like seafood.

  16. 16th February 2017 / 1:13 am

    I’d heard about the Robot restaurant but now, being a nerd, I really want to try it myself! I loved your article because it’s nerd-oriented, thank you for posting this!

  17. 16th February 2017 / 1:11 am

    Japan is on my wish list, and I hope to visit in the next year. Tokyo is such a mad place! I can’t wait to go here. That Alcatraz ER is nuts!

  18. 16th February 2017 / 1:02 am

    OMG!! This is so quirky awesome! I have to share this. :D:D:D:D

  19. 15th February 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Ahaha, TOkyo is simply the craziest place ever! THank you for this awesome list, pinning it!

    • rosieb
      15th February 2017 / 7:28 pm

      I know right!! So much fun though!! Thanks for reading 🙂

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