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Best Kawaii things to do in Tokyo, Japan

November 1, 2022

Tokyo is not only the capital of Japan but also the capital of Kawaii culture. Kawaii means cute and adorable in Japanese and refers to Japanese pop culture. It extensively covers a range of categories, including colourful pastel cafes, fashionable clothing, popular anime characters, lovely animal mascots and so on. In recent years, the Japanese government has officially adopted it as a tourism strategy to attract more international tourists to Japan.       

Want to explore the Kawaii culture in Tokyo but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered with this list of the top 5 kawaii things to do in Tokyo, Japan.  

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1. Visit the Sanrio Puroland Tokyo

A kawaii hotspot in Tokyo is Sanrio Puroland, a beautiful kawaii-themed amusement park with Sanrio characters, such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Gudetame, Cinnamoroll, and many more! This is a fun day out for all ages. This popular theme park is visited by approximately 1.5 million visitors every year. There’s so much you can do! Visitors can meet the adorable Sanrio characters and take pictures as well as play themed games and visit kawaii-style attractions. Moreover, visitors can enjoy live shows, parades, themed food and beverages and shop limited merchandise.

 

 

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 2. Tokyo Kawaii Instagrammable cafes  

Tokyo is full of colourful cafés that are ideal to get the perfect Instagram shot. In this blog, we will explore three top-rated kawaii cafes in Tokyo.   

 Pokémon Café 

If you are a fan of Pokémon then this is the café for you! This Japanese-style café welcomes visitors with cute Pokémon characters with whom they can take pictures with. Furthermore, visitors can enjoy Pokémon-themed food and drinks which are very colourful. You might even see Pikachu and its friends performing live. At Pokemon café, you can also find original Pokémon merchandise such as cute mugs and cutlery. Reservation will be required before visiting.    

Moomin Cafe  

Moomins is a much-loved cartoon in Tokyo, that’s why there are two Moomin cafes! One is in Tokyo Dome City and the other is in Soramachi, an iconic shopping complex at Tokyo Skytree. This is a great place to try nordic dishes in a cosy room full of Moomin decorations. This café is also known as the anti-loneliness café since the staff brings you a big Moomin plush to keep you company! No one is ever truly alone at Moomin café.  

Kawaii Monster café Tokyo 

The Monster café is located in the centre of Tokyo’s youth culture in the region of Harajuku. It has been named the most “crazy and unusual” café in Tokyo! It is very colourful with neon lights and can get quite loud. Different rooms look like movie sets. Regarding food, there are rainbow-coloured mountains of cotton candy, and ridiculous crêpes filled with everything from strawberries and Nutella to sweet bean paste to pudding.  

An important thing to note about kawaii monster cafe Tokyo is that there is a minimum order. Everyone must order at least one drink and one item from the food menu. We recommend getting something small/light as reviews show the food isn’t the best.  

 

 

 

 

3. Watch short anime films at Studio Ghibli Museum 

The Studio Ghibli Museum was Co-founded by the director Hayao Miyazaki who made animated films such as “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Spirited Away,” and “Ponyo.” The Ghibli Museum is the animation and art museum of Miyazaki Hayao's Studio Ghibli, one of Japan's most famous animation studios, with exhibition areas and behind-the-scenes animations. For this reason, the museum is extremely popular and tickets are limited. At the museum, visitors can see the famous movie characters, a life-sized robot from "Castle in the Sky" in the rooftop garden, and watch short movies by Studio Ghibli that are exclusive to the museum. A must-see location for any kawaii fan!  

 

 

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 4. Tokyo’s Famous Arcades 

Tokyo is home to the best arcades in the country! There are many arcades across the capital and most of them are kawaii-themed. In Tokyo, video game arcades are continuously preserved, and gracefully infused with new technology. If you are visiting the city and like video games, these are the arcades you must check out. These include; Club Sega, Super Potato, and Game Bar A – Button.  

 

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5. Shop till you drop in Kawaii Tokyo stores 

You can’t leave Tokyo without some Kawaii merchandise or souvenirs. At Kawaii-themed shops you can find a plethora of products with your favourite characters including stationery, costumes, crazy gadgets and many more. One of the top-recommended shops is Kiddyland. The main Harajuku store has six floors packed full of cuteness. Make sure you also visit character street, which is a whole area in the basement of Tokyo Station and has plenty of kawaii shops. Other options include Loft, Yamashiroya and Hapin. Happy Kawaii shopping!  

 

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Conclusion

That’s a wrap! The complete guide to kawaii things to do in Tokyo, Japan. From kawaii theme parks to kawaii cafes we’ve covered all the must-do things a true kawaii fan should do while visiting Tokyo, Japan to become an official member of the Tokyo kawaii club.

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