The Ultimate Guide to Cafe-Hopping in Japan: 11 Anime Cafes to Check Out

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  • There are many kinds of anime cafes in Japan – from regular ones that feature anime series produced by specific companies, to collaboration cafes that highlight hundreds of anime titles in a year. Here are 11 anime cafes to check out in Japan!

    1. animate cafe

    Aside from their store, animate also has its own cafe! For a specific time period, the cafe features an anime collaboration where you can get limited goods, as well as enjoy snacks and drinks from a special menu made just for the series!

    There are currently 17 animate cafe branches in Japan and 7 overseas locations. Make sure to check out their website for the schedule and to make a reservation prior to your visit!

    animate cafe Website *Japanese only
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    2. ARTNIA

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    Fans of games like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts should not miss ARTNIA by Square Enix in Shinjuku, Tokyo! Feel yourself transported to a game-like world as you enter ARTNIA. Get exclusive Square Enix merchandise such as plushies and keychains from their store. You can also enjoy popular dishes at their cafe, like the Slime Pancake inspired by the slime enemies you defeat in Dragon Quest!

    ARTNIA Website
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    3. COLLABO CAFE HONPO

    Collaboration is the name of the game for COLLABO CAFE HONPO! Some of their recent collaborations are for the series My Hero Academia and Blood Blockade Battlefront.

    Reservations are required prior to your visit so make sure to check out the website for their Akihabara (Japanese only) and Osaka Nihonbashi (Japanese only) stores.

    COLLABO CAFE HONPO Website *Japanese only
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    4. Machi Asobi CAFE

    Look forward to the dishes especially made for the collaboration menu of Machi Asobi CAFE! Their collaborations are not just limited to anime series but films as well, like the recent collaboration for Kalafina 10th Anniversary Film.

    Machi Asobi CAFE branches are in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kitakyushu.

    Machi Asobi CAFE Website *Japanese only
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    5. CAFE & BAR NewType

    Not to be mistaken with the cross-dressing maid cafe in Akihabara, CAFE & BAR NewType is a collaboration cafe. While eating from their special menu, you can also watch the featured series, wear the costumes they have on hand, and even sing karaoke on Fridays! Among their past collaborations are for Dengeki Bunko’s light novel series Kino’s Journey and Spice and Wolf.

    CAFE & BAR NewType has two branches: the main store in Shinjuku, Tokyo and another branch in Sannomiya, Kobe.

    CAFE & BAR NewType Website *Japanese only
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    6. GUNDAM Café

    Gundam fans should not miss visiting the GUNDAM Café! Enjoy their food by dining in at the Akihabara branch or the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza branch. The two branches have different sets of menus so you will get an entirely different experience from each one. Both cafes sell exclusive Gundam goods, too!

    GUNDAM Café Website
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    7. PRINCESS CAFE

    A popular collaboration cafe that provides a special menu and limited goods, PRINCESS CAFE features a lot of anime series in each of its 10 locations all over Japan. Some of its recent collaborations featured Devils’ Line, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens, and School Babysitters.

    PRINCESS CAFE Website *Japanese only
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    8. SWEETS PARADISE

    Cakes and other baked sweets at SWEETS PARADISE are to die for! They also offer a good selection of pasta, salad, and snacks, together with original and homemade drinks. Their recent anime collaborations include Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card and Idolish7.

    SWEETS PARADISE has over 31 locations in Japan.

    SWEETS PARADISE Collaboration Website *Japanese only
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    9. THE GUEST cafe & diner

    THE GUEST is known for their pop-up cafes in collaboration with different anime series. They have also begun collaborating with Creator’s File (Japanese only), which highlights artists from different fields such as comedian/actor Robert Akiyama and fashion designer Yoko Fuchigami.

    THE GUEST cafe & diner has 5 locations in Ikebukuro, Osaka, Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Sapporo.

    THE GUEST cafe & diner Website *Japanese only
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    10. TOWER RECORDS CAFE

    Music chain Tower Records operates cafes in various locations across Japan, including Sapporo, Shibuya, Umeda, and Omotesando. Their recent collaboration was with the anime film Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple, which offered an event-exclusive menu and goods.

    TOWER RECORDS CAFE Website *Japanese only
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    11. ufotable Cafe

    Animation studio ufotable also has its own cafe at its headquarters in Nakano, Tokyo. They recently featured a collaboration with the ongoing anime series Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family and the film Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel.

    ufotable Cafe Website
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    Dine and shop at these anime cafes in Japan! Don’t miss out on their exclusive offerings available only for a limited time.

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