Meeting friends for a coffee at a restaurant is something which most of us do weekly. And Japan has turned this approach of choosing cafes for your every gathering to a whole new level. They have established some of the world’s most extravagant, unbelievable, and coolest cafes & restaurants.
Themed Cafes in Japan are one of the things that you won’t find anywhere else in the world! Let’s discover a few of the unique cafes of Japan:
1. Maid Cafes
Maid cafes are among the famous types of themed Japanese restaurants in Japan. Initially, maid café was introduced as a side product to cosplay restaurants. However, their fame helped them to become a favorite go-to coffee destination in Japan. The first maid café was built in 2001, and since then, its popularity has been skyrocketing.
As you enter this cafe, a female employee dressed as a maid will receive you with a warm welcome. The maid uniforms can vary from café to café, but a typical maid uniform would resemble a French maid with a pinafore and petticoat. These maids will then treat you like their master/mistress and fulfill your requests as a servant while maintaining their quality services.
2. Alice In Wonderland Cafes
In Japan, there are six different Alice in Wonderland-themed cafes owned by the same company. Five of them are located in Tokyo alone, and one resides in Osaka. All six have different themes, including Alice in Fantasy land, Alice in Magical Land, and Alice in Dancing land.
These cafes are adorned to the letter with oversized books, Alice wallpapers, and card-printed tables. Even the meals are Alice in Wonderland-themed with ‘Eat me’ desserts and Cheshire Cat Spaghetti. Visiting any of these cafes will promptly take you back to your childhood.
3. Moomin Bakery And Café
Have you ever desired to go for a coffee but have no one to go with? In that case, the Moomin Bakery and Café are perfect for you. It is much more than an average themed café because it has been designed to reduce loneliness, and as a result, it has been styled as an ‘anti-loneliness café.’
At this café, if the staff notice that you are sitting alone, they will bring over a gigantic Moomin plush toy to accompany you. When you sit opposite your favorite Moomin character and look into their eyes, you will no longer feel lonely or self-conscious.
4. Animal Cuddle Cafes
You will find many types of cuddle cafes in Japan, but the most popular among them is the animal café. In Japan, the Maneki Neko, also recognized as the Fortunate Cat, is considered a lucky charm in Japanese Culture.
Another interesting fact is that many people live in small accommodation where pets are not allowed in Tokyo. Hence, customers mostly prefer to go to these animal cafes to experience the affection of cats and other animals.
In A Nutshell
The list doesn’t end here as Japan has much more than this; you will find countless unique Japanese-themed cafes, including Ninja café, Pokémon-themed café, Robot restaurants, and much more.
If you want to hear more about Japanese culture, you may contact Oku Sensei’s Japanese to enroll in their Japanese online courses.