Relive Your Childhood at These Character Cafes in Japan

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People associate Japan with anime, video games and popular characters like Hello Kitty, Gudetama and Totoro. Spare some time in your itinerary to embrace your childhood and explore these adorable cafes that provide not only unique photo ops, but also great food and an ambience you won’t find anywhere else!

Shirohige Cream Puff Factory

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Shirohige is a quaint little bakery located near the popular shopping district of Shimokitazawa, where fashion enthusiasts converge for a day of thrifting and window shopping. The bakery makes special cream puffs in the shape of the popular Studio Ghibli character, Totoro, filled with seasonal flavours like peach and chestnut. The establishment is decorated with subtle hints of the lovable Totoro and his friends, and you are able to enjoy a leisurely afternoon sipping tea and eating pastries at the cafe upstairs.

  • 5-3-1 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0033
  • +81 357 876 221
  • Opening hours: 10.30am to 7pm, closed Tuesdays

Cafe de Miki


If you’re taking a trip out to Odaiba to enjoy views of the bay, be sure to stop by Cafe de Miki at Diver City Mall for a quick Hello Kitty-themed snack to recharge. The cafe only serves sweets – scones, pancakes and the like – and has charming London-themed decor, making for some really adorable photos.

  • 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064
  • +81 363 807 800
  • Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 9pm

Peter Rabbit Garden

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Peter Rabbit เรื่องที่แม่ชอบอ่านให้ฟังตอนน้อง เป็นนิทานของอังกฤษ โดย Beatrix Potter น่ารักมากๆ เสียดายไม่มีเวลาไป Kensington บ้านป้าแก คราวหน้าไม่พลาดแน่นอน กลับมาญี่ปุ่นเลยแวะคาเฟ่ซะหน่อย ละตอนบินกลับได้ดูหนังบนเครื่องพอดี ฟินไปเลย ? #peterrabbit #dewberryinjapan #dewberrystraveldiary

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Nestled in the trendy district of Jiyugaoka is a cafe modelled to look like Peter Rabbit’s cottage and garden. Diners are accompanied by Peter Rabbit plush toys as they feast on healthy dishes and adorable desserts, all prepared in-house. They can even opt to dine outdoors and enjoy the greenery which adds to the whimsical quality of this locale.

  • 1-25 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-0035
  • +81 337 254 118
  • Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 8pm

Peanuts Cafe


You’d never think that this elegant and minimal space would be a character cafe, but look closer and you’ll see subtle touches of Peanuts characters within the decor as well as the various menu items. Located by the Meguro River, this spot offers not only delicious food but great views and souvenirs too!

  • 2-16-7 Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0042
  • +81 364 525 882
  • Opening hours: Daily, 10am to 10pm

Doraemon Cafe


Children of the 80s and 90s will definitely be enamoured by the iconic Doraemon that took the world by storm. Grab a bite at this nostalgic space that offers elevated versions of Doraemon’s favourite food, as well as savoury dishes that feature elements of Doraemon and his friends.

  • 2-8-1 Nagao, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
  • +81 570-055-245
  • Opening hours: 10am to 6pm, closed Tuesdays

Gudetama Cafe

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Only in Japan, when we get exposed to all the cutest food you can possibly think of. It’s like Disneyland for food and probably the only place where I will bring my littles to try. “Gudetama Café” is a collaborative café inside of “Dining Park Ikebukuro” which is located at the 8th floor of Seibu Ikebukuro Honten. “Gudetama” is featured and will be open until the 21st of January 2018. And yes, the littles were all smiles because they knew their momma is lining up because she loves them to pieces. Note: There is a permanent café located in Osaka. . . . . #leilalikesjapan #visitjapan #tokyolove #foodstyling #ilovejapan #igvancouver #igersjapan #vscojapan #lifeandthyme #collectmemoriesnotthings #japanesefood #vscofood #food52 #liveauthentic #familyovereverything #artofvisuals #foodphotographer #foodphotography #collectmoments #f52grams #feedfeed #instafood #foodstagram #travellingthroughtheworld #cutefood #shotoniphone #gudetamacafe #gudetama #onlyinjapan

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Japan’s favourite lazy egg comes to life at this Osaka cafe filled with motifs designed to take patrons into the world of Gudetama and provide endless photo opportunities. The cafe offers mixed fare; western dishes such as pies and pastas as well as staple Japanese dishes like gyudon and tempura to cater even to the most discerning tastes. Be sure to order dessert to see the innovative ways the chefs add ‘character’ to their creations.

  • 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-chi, Osaka
  • +81 6-6366-3694
  • Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 10pm

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