Tokyo is a hub for themed cafes and restaurants. Although some of these are permanent, most of them are limited edition collaborations that usually last for around a month. The collaborations are usually with popular characters or popular animes and almost always sell ORIGINAL merchandise that you can’t buy anywhere else! In this article we’ll be showing you some of the best anime and character collaboration cafes that will be held in Tokyo this year (2020)! So if you’re in Tokyo this year and you love all things anime, make sure to check out this list of cafes you HAVE to visit!
1. Kimetsu Cafe (21/01 – 15/03/2020)
Due to Demon Slayer, or Kimetsu No Yaiba’s recent success as an anime, tons of cafes and businesses are wanting to collaborate with it. Which is great for us fans as it means we can get some amazing merchandise and eat Demon Slayer themed food!! The latest Kimetsu No Yaiba Collaboration is called ‘Kimetsu Cafe’ and it will be opening all throughout Tokyo and Japan (14 locations to be exact!!). The cafe will be open from 21/01 – 15/03/2020 (varies depending on location) and will be serving up some amazing Kimetsu No Yaiba themed food and drink whilst also selling some ORIGINAL MERCHANDISE!!!
More information is yet to come out regarding the collaboration but the cafe has stated that you will need to book your place before hand to enable your spot! Unfortunately the official website is only in Japanese, so if you can’t understand Japanese I would recommend going to the cafe when it opens and booking your table in person as I’m sure they will be able to speak some english!
2. Kuroko’s Basketball X Animate Cafe (13.02 – 16/03/2020)
If you’re a lover of Kuroko’s Basketball (Kuroko No Basuke), then this is the cafe for you! The anime will be collaborating with Animate Cafe to bring you an amazing collaboration cafe! The food and drink has not yet been announced but the cafe has stated that it will all be Kuroko’s Basketball themed, with dishes relating to all the characters!
The cafe has also teased that there will be original limited edition merchandise on sale there with the characters dressed up in red suits! You won’t be able to get this merchandise anywhere else after the cafe has finished so it’s well worth the visit.
If you love Sanrio, Hello Kitty and maid cafes…this is the perfect collaboration for you!! The popular maid cafe, @HomeCafe, will be collaborating with Hello Kitty bringing you original merchandise, Hello Kitty themed dishes and decorations!! As if the maid cafe wasn’t amazing enough on its own!!! If you don’t know what Japanese maid cafes are, make sure to click here to find out more before you go.
The merchandise will feature Hello Kitty dressed up as a maid, which is literally the cutest thing ever! The menu looks absolutely amazing, with a curry, sandwich, pasta and multiple desserts with Hello Kitty’s face on them all! These dishes are honestly too cute to eat!
Animate Cafe will also be collaborating with the popular anime series, ‘Haikyuu!!’. Although the official menu has not yet been released, we can see from the official poster that each item seems to be character themed with items such as burgers, sandwiches, parfaits and many drinks! The cafe has also stated that they will be selling original merchandise!
The cafe will also have decorations all around it with cardboard cutouts of the characters! Meaning you can take some great insta pics with some of your favorite characters!
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