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Japan: The 7 Craziest Restaurants in Tokyo

You can see absolutely in theirs that the Japanese are a little stranger than we Germans crazy themed restaurantsthat are spread all over the city. Beer from urine cups, ice in the shape of a dog pile or owls to stroke with coffee. What sounds absurd and bizarre to us is a in Japan big trend. So that you can also be part of it, I have summarized the seven craziest restaurants in Tokyo for you.

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Soft toy restaurant in Tokyo

address: Tokyo, Sumida City, Oshiage, 1 Chome − 1−2

opening hours: daily 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

I'll start with the cuddly trend from Japan and introduce you to the Moomín House Café. Have you always had the desire to work together? to dine with a cuddly toy, Then you are exactly right here. “Dinner for one” takes on a completely new meaning in the Moomín House Café. Together with a large Moomín cuddly toy - you know, the hippopotamus-like troll creatures from Finland - singles or lonely souls can eat cake and sip a cup of tea.

Many Japanese also order drinks and snacks for their cuddly toys, just as it should be for a successful dinner. Well, let's be honest, we didn't all do that as children, having a tea party with ours Favorite cuddly toy? But if you now think that this café is only visited by families with children, then you are very wrong. In the Moomín House Café, young and old come together and enjoy the sweet, fluffy cuddly toys.

2D cafe in Tokyo

address: Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Hyakunincho, 1 Chome − 7−5

opening hours: daily 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

A restaurant that looks like a drawing on a piece of paper - should something really exist? In crazy Japan there really isn't anything that doesn't exist. The 2D Café in Tokyo's popular Shinjuku district creates an optical illusion that you won't soon forget. In black and white 2D manga look You will be served colorful 3D food and drinks. The offer ranges from tea, coffee and juice to sweet desserts.

In the 2D Café you have the feeling of being Sketchbook to have been swallowed. All the furnishings in the room appear as if they were painted on a single surface. An absolute one Hotspot for great photos and thus, what a miracle, a magnet for influencers and Instagram addicts. It is not uncommon for thousands of pictures to be taken here every day and for you to find yourself in the background on a photo on Instagram. Still a restaurant in Tokyo that should be seen.

The Vampire Café for the horror-tested

address: Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 6 Chome − 7−6

opening hours: daily 5 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

The Vampire Café is perfect for those who want a Meal with a bite love. An eerie place to have dinner in the Glitzy Ginza shopping area in Tokyo. Burning plates, glowing cocktails and symbols of the occult in an atmosphere that will make your blood freeze. The restaurant is set up like you know it from dark vampire films: mostly dark. Because vampires are known to be afraid of sunlight. Pompous chandeliers and red velvet add to the classic Dracula look.

But, if vampires only feed on blood, is there any food at all? Or will you be thrown to the vampires to eat? Don't worry, the themed restaurant has one of course wide choice of dishes You will not leave the restaurant with bite marks for you either. You should expect a few splashes of blood on your plate (maybe tomato ketchup?). Boo!

Robot restaurant in Tokyo

address: Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kabukicho, 1 Chome − 7−7

opening hours: different (approx. 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.)

Ok, in all honesty, I'm confused. I fluctuate between an epileptic fit and oh my god, I have to go there right now! The robot restaurant in Shinjuku entertainment district Tokyo is a unique world of neon lights, samurai, ninjas, robots and dancers. You pay one here high admission price, but you will be offered a show that you will never forget. In addition to spectacular light shows, giant robot creatures and bizarre song and dance interludes, food only plays second fiddle in this case.

They describe the musical “Starlight Express” paired with the Hollywood blockbuster “Transformers” and a pinch of “Jurassic Park” Show in the robot restaurant only rudimentarily. I have no choice but to tell you: Just see it with your own eyes. However, to get a glimpse of how crazy it is going to get, check out this video on YouTube.

Fantasy dining in the Alice in Wonderland restaurant

To all of you Disney enthusiasts, in Japan there is multiple at once Alice in Wonderland themed restaurants. Each restaurant characterizes a part of the fantasy film or the book, and takes its guests into a world full of playing cards, talking rabbits, pocket watches and Cheshire cats. This also means that when you enter the restaurants, you must first try the famous Maze of the Queen of Hearts have to cross until you can immerse yourself in the fabulous world of Alice.

To make the “Alice in Wonderland” theme even more authentic, the waiters will serve you in the typical blue and white Alice costume the food and probably bring the hatter a cup of tea to the table later. Everyone who knows Alice in Wonderland naturally wonders what role do the rabbit and the Cheshire Cat play? Answer: They land on your plate! But do not worry, of course no real animals, but the dishes on your plate are lovingly designed and decorated as rabbits or Cheshire cats. Here one Choice of Alice in Wonderland restaurants in Tokyo:

  • Alice in a Labyrinth (Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 8 Chome − 8−5) - opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. | Sat + Sun: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
  • Alice in a Fantasy Book (Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kabukicho, 1 Chome − 6−2) - opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. | Sat + Sun: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
  • Alice in an Old Castle (Tokyo, Toshima City, Minamiikebukuro, 2 Chome − 16−8) - opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. | Sat + Sun: 4 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Ninja Restaurant Tokyo

address: Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Nagatacho, 2 Chome − 14−3

opening hours: daily 5 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

In the Ninja Restaurant Akasaka not only the cutlery of the guests is razor-sharp, but also the swords of the ninja waiters! Anyone visiting the Akasaka Ninja Restaurant in Japan is entering an ancient, dark castle. Only over Trap doors and small corridors You get to the hidden rooms in which the tables of the restaurant are located. Just visiting this funky themed restaurant is a crazy experience and is more reminiscent of a Cabinet of horrors.

In addition to the exciting ninja theme, the restaurant in Tokyo also offers delicious Japanese cuisine with western influences. Many visitors to the restaurant rave about it sushi and the little surprises like spontaneous explosions, fires on your plate or ninjas suddenly abseiling from the ceiling. Ninja-style entertainment is very important in this restaurant and that is exactly what makes the Akasaka unique. As with most themed restaurants, it is best to reserve a table two to three weeks in advance.

Crazy restaurants in Tokyo: animal cafes

Another completely crazy restaurant trend from Japan are the “sweet” animal cafés, where you can stroke cats, owls, penguins, snakes or even hedgehogs (yes, hedgehogs!) While enjoying a cup of coffee. Who would have ever thought that you could eat pancakes and feed a penguin at the same time? It is understandable that opinions about animals in restaurants are divided. At first glance, however, it can be said that the cafés look and feel very loving big heart for small animals demonstrate. Accordingly, you should treat the cuddly animals with respect when visiting these cafés.

Watch little hedgehogs eat, hold an owl like Harry Potter, watch snakes sip tea and get a cuddle from a cute cat while eating cake. I have summarized the bizarre animal cafés in Tokyo for you here. However, whether you want to jump on this trend is up to you.

  • Hedgehog Café HARRY - Hedgehog Café (Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 1 Chome − 13−21) - opening hours: daily 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Owl Village - Owl Café (Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 1 Chome − 21−15) - opening hours: daily 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Snake Center (Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 6 Chome − 5−6) - opening hours: daily 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Closed on Tuesdays
  • Pinguin Bar (Tokyo, Toshima City, Ikebukuro, 2 Chome − 38−2) - opening hours: Mon - Sat: 6 p.m. - 3 a.m. | Sun 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.
  • Cat Café Calico - Cat Café (Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kabukicho, 1 Chome − 16−2) - opening hours: daily 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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