The Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku is one of those places you go to and say “only in Japan.” My 12-year-old and I went for lunch the other day and enjoyed environment (a mix of Manga and Willy Wonka) and food (visually very pleasing with average taste). As my 12-year-old said, “This is a cool place to come to once!”. Where else can you experience seeing oversized flying donkeys, sheep drinking from bottles and costumed ladies (cosplay) in one shot. If you have a tween or teen, this is a fun while you are in Tokyo experience. To enter you need to pay 500 yen/person for 90 mins, food and beverage extra.
If you are looking for quintessential “Japan” eating experiences to take the family or visitors to try some of our other favorites; Banzai-yu, Zauo, Pokemon Cafe, Tonkatsu Maisen, Ukai, and Kikkoman Live Kitchen.
Kawaii Monster Cafe, Harajuku
I recommend visiting after touring Takeshita Dori in Harajuku to get you in the “right” mindset of costumed people and bright neon colors. The Cafe is located on the fourth Kawaii Monster floor of the YM Square building a the main Harajuku crossing on Meiji Dori. After getting off the elevator, you will need to queue for 10-30 mins to enter. When your turn there is a display board where you can choose one of four areas to sit. You are then escorted in the monster’s belly and to your table. If you want to sit in a cool booth, you need to make reservations. We did not have reservations so sat in the table area. Highly recommend reservations. The lights are low, and anime music fairly high so get ready for sensory overload. Take some time to wander around while you are waiting for your food to arrive
You will select your food and drink items from an IPAD, which has been made to look like a plastic cake. We ordered the colorful rainbow pasta for 1,300 JPY (garlic seasoned pasta with different flavoured sauces from ketchup to sesame), the Candy Salad 710 JPY (tomato and mozzarella salad) and Peach Drink (800 JPY). Everything tested good but similar to what one could order at Denny’s or Jonathan’s. This is not a place you come to eat great food, expect basic food in a unique environment.
There are costumed ladies walking about that you can take photos of with or without you. Fun place to get unique souvenir shots. My son passed on this option.
As you exit the Kawaii Monster Cafe, you pass through the gift shop where your can buy a lot of cute and scary souvenirs from pens to t-shirts.
Kawaii Monster Cafe Details
Address: YM Square building 4th floor, Jingumae 4-31-10, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: 11:30.-22:30 (last seating 21:30)
Cost: 500 yen/person to enter and stay 90 mins, expect 2,500 -3,000 JPY per person for a main, drink and shared desert
Kawaii Monster Cafe, Harajuku
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