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Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are undoubtedly one of the cutest animals on the planet. And lucky for you, the world’s first hedgehog café has opened up right in Roppongi! The Harinezumi Café Harry (called “Hedgehog Café Harry” in their social media) is the Roppongi Hedgehog Café to go to! The café sits in a quiet little alley near Roppongi’s crowded streets. Usually there is a small line outside, because there is limited room and seating area in the café. But once you get inside, you’ll find it is well worth the wait. Or you can skip to the front of the line with a reservation by our good friends at Voyagin!

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See?

The room is filled with glass tanks containing hedgehogs. Although some are ambling about, many are in little balls, sleeping. When you sit down, attendants will bring you a tiny hedgehog in a shoebox for you to play with for a bit. In one 30-minute session you will play with multiple hedgehogs, since they can be overwhelmed if they are played with for too long.

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When held, the hedgehogs are friendly, but also very squirmy. Make sure you hold onto them and be careful so they don’t fall. Also, I don’t know what I was expecting, but when their quills prick you, it hurts. It’s not the worst feeling in the world, but be ready to feel like you’ve just played with a really cute cactus.

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Most visitors only stay for 30-minute periods, but their website can be used to make one-hour reservations (English). English service is available, because 1/3- 1/2 of their customers are visitors and tourists. And if you fall in love with these little guys (and have a home in Japan where they can live), Harry’s hedgehogs are also available for adoption. Hedgehog adoption prices range from ¥30,000- ¥100,000. If you are not accustomed to caring for a hedgehog (or just want to know what you might be getting yourself into), they also have a hedgehog care manual online. (“Let’s Embrace the Hedgehog” is my favorite part, but the list of “Hedgehog Personality Types” also triggers an awww…)

Hedgehog

For people concerned about the animals’ well-being, the hedgehogs are well taken care of. The workers take extra caution to ensure that the animals are comfortable. The cages are a good size, and the hedgehogs seem happy and healthy. If a hedgehog is asleep, they will be left alone. If you are visiting with small children, please be aware that hedgehogs are prickly, and a quill-sting might surprise a child and result in a dropped hedgehog if we are not careful. Please be kind to our pokey little friends!

I would really recommend going so long as you don’t mind being prickled a bit. The hedgehogs are all friendly and quite adorable. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are allergic to animal dander, you can react from the quill pricks. Wash your hands often. Visiting is a great experience and you will get a lot of great pictures from your trip.

Harinezumi Café Harry – Roppongi Hedgehog Café Location Information

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Nearest Station: 1 minute walk from Roppongi Station (Hibiya Line Exit No. 3). Located under the Ms. Bunny Cafe.

Hours of Operation: Open everyday 12:00 pm- 9:00 pm. Hedgehogs often sleep in the morning and the middle of the day, so this café is open later than other animal cafés, so the hedgehogs will be fully awake.

Average Cost: On weekdays, a 30 minute stay is ¥1,000, and on weekends and holidays, 30 minute is ¥1,300. Let Voyagin help you with your reservation!

Why Go?: Harry’s Café is the only hedgehog café in the world; where else will you get the chance to hold an sweet little hedgehog?

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September 9, 2016 0 comment
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Lock-Up Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Any time of the year is Halloween at the Lock-Up Shibuya! Located 2 floors under the street, the Lock-Up is a novelty horror dining experience in Tokyo. To enter the restaurant, you have to walk through a dark hall full of jump-scares. If you can survive that, then you can survive the rest of the restaurant. We promise. And Voyagin can promise to get you a reservation for the scariest dining experience in Tokyo!

The rest of the restaurant is themed as a haunted prison. The moment you step inside, you will be handcuffed and brought to your table. You have to slide a barred door to enter your dimly lit cell, where you will be eating. Servers are dressed up as prisoners and the hosts are dressed like cops.

Lock-Up Shibuya Tokyo Japan

Once every few minutes, a show starts. Creepy monsters will reach through the cell windows; you can recoil in fear if you wish, but you can also high-five them. They will also come into your cell to scare you. One of the monsters who visited us had a fake chainsaw, and all had freaky masks. They will try to scare you, but don’t be fooled. I made a heart with my hands to one of the monsters and he did it back. One tried to scare me by getting super close to my face, and I pretended to kiss his mask.

After a few minutes of terror, cops came and killed all the monsters, and I was pretty sad that they had to leave. One monster climbed over the wall of our cell and dropped to the floor and died dramatically. Overall, it was a lot of fun!

During our prison excursion, we ordered both food and drinks, which are reflective of the restaurant’s theme. They have chicken shaped like a claw and desserts with a fake eyeballs. We tried some hot dogs with faces, because food is better when it can look on in terror as it is being devoured.

Lock-Up Shibuya Tokyo Japan

I would only recommend coming to the Lock-Up if you enjoy scary attractions. If you are super jumpy and easily frightened, it  would be better to steer clear. But seeing as The Lock-Up is one of Tokyo’s most prominent themed restaurants, we encourage you to visit! And there is no truth at all to the rumors that some diners never escape…

The Lock-Up Shibuya Location Information

Website (via Google Translate) | Facebook (Japanese only) | Twitter (Japanese only)

Nearest Station: 7 minute walk from Shibuya Station (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: Open Monday-Friday 5:00 pm – 1:00 am, Saturdays 5:00 pm- 5:00 am, Sundays 5:00pm- 12:00am

Estimated Price: There is a ¥525 cover charge per person. Drinks range from ¥500-800, and food ranges from ¥700-1200. Make a reservation through Voyagin!

“Why Go?”: If you like a good scare with your meal, this is the place!

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July 28, 2016 0 comment
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Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo

When I heard that I was going to Kawaii Monster Café, I had no idea what to expect. However, stepping inside was leagues beyond what I anticipated; this place is insane. Harajuku is known for its wacky and colorful fashions, and this café embodies everything Harajuku stands for (and more). Walking through the restaurant solicited reactions like, “this is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen,” to, “this is so weird and I’m uncomfortable.”

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The weird starts at the café entrance, which is a monster’s mouth (named “Mr. Ten Thousand Chopsticks” or “Mr. Choppy’s”). The restaurant itself? Legend has it that it exists in his stomach. But wait, it gets weirder!

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

After you walk inside Mr. Choppy’s mouth, you see the Sweets-Go-Round. It’s a giant rainbow carousel with different objects, with animals that look like they are made out of melting candy. The whole ceiling is covered with broken mirror pieces, and flashing lights and pop music add to the wild atmosphere of the place.

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There are four different seating areas of the café. The Mushroom Disco has tables under giant poisonous mushrooms and extraterrestrial plants. Hidden behind the Mushroom Disco is a secret room, decorated with red lips, called the “Secret Area for Talkative Ladies.”What do they talk about? Well, you have to go there to find out…

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The show is held right in front of this area. The next area is called the Milk Stand, which is themed like a wacky baby’s room. Milk bottles hang from the ceiling, and giant animal heads drink from these bottles over the tables. This area of the restaurant really made me think, “This is either the strangest thing ever, or the most Japanese thing ever.”

The Mel-Tea Room is next. In here, the walls look like pastel chocolate and giant ice cream cones are dripping down from the ceiling. Giant macaroons are stacked up against the walls (along with giant ants going after these sweets). Right next to the Mel-Tea Room is the “Experiment” Bar, for adults only. The bar is lit up by a huge jellyfish hanging over the counter. There is also a secret VIP room with a pink cat theme.

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Monster girls run around the café and put on shows. They have colorful hair and weird outfits- the monster girl I met had purple hair and a bracelet made out of baby shoes. The food in Kawaii Monster Café is just as bonkers as the rest of the place. It’s all rainbow; no matter what you order, you’re guaranteed to get a good picture for your Instagram. They claim that the coloring for their food is healthy and natural. Some popular menu items are rainbow pasta with “paint” dip, and the “colorful poison parfait extreme,” which is a giant rainbow parfait.

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Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The restaurant is non-smoking, but does have a smoking area for you to duck into. There is an English menu, and most of the workers and some of the monster girls can speak English. It is possible to reserve parts of the restaurant in advance for parties (which would be necessary if you have a large group, because there are 193 seats in total). Reservations can be made via Facebook Messenger or through this Voyagin link.

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In short, this place looks like Tim Burton’s fantasy, if Tim Burton were a kawaii Japanese schoolgirl. I know I am definitely coming back, and bringing everyone I know with me. Kawaii Monster Café perfectly captures what Harajuku is about: the weird fashions, the bright colors, the over-the-top atmosphere, and even the slight creepiness of it all. So if you find yourself in Harajuku, definitely go to Kawaii Monster Café for the strangest and most fun meal you’ll ever have.

Kawaii Monster Cafe Location Information

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Nearest Station: 5 minute walk from JR Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line (click on the Google Map for directions)

 Hours of Operation: Weekdays and Saturdays 11:30 am- 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm. Sundays and holidays 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. If it is crowded, there is a time limit of 90 minutes on your stay (or 2 hours for dinner).

Showtimes: Lunch shows are weekdays 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, weekends 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm , and 3:30 pm. Dinner shows are only on Fridays and Saturdays, at 6:45 pm. Another event called “Pink Fat Cat with Yuka” is on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:55 pm and 8:45pm.

Estimated Price: There is an entrance fee of ¥500 for each person, and the average fee per person is ¥2500. Kawaii Monster Café takes VISA, UC, DC, UFJ, AMEX, JCB, and SAISON credit cards. Kawaii Monster Cafés also sells 13 different souvenirs, so be sure to pick up a totally sweet “Kawaii Monster Café” T-shirt! If you visit often, you can earn a Monster Card–the more you return, the more your rank will increase. Customers with high rankings get special privileges!

“Why Go?”: Scroll up and look at the pictures. Do you mean to tell me you are willing to go through life without seeing all of that in person?!?!?

July 26, 2016 0 comment
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Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-pot CAFE

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-pot CAFE. makes dessert. And oh my, what desserts they are! Cute sundaes, ring plates, necklace plates, and all sorts of other tasty accessories are available in their sweet, tart, and creamy forms. And the SE”Q”RET Room? Well, you’re just going to have to go there and find out!

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

But that’s not all! When you’re finished with your dessert, you can purchase accessories that look just like the sweets you just had. Q-pot.’s goal is to create “positive accessories” that make people smile when they see them. And from what I saw, they did just that! Choose from an array of candied-up accessories (ones-you-ate and ones-you-didn’t) such as necklaces, earrings, rings, charms, key-chains, umbrellas, nail stickers, pouches, phone cases, pins, hair ties and clips, and even randoseru (Japanese children’s school backpacks).

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

The accessories are wonderfully detailed. Q-pot. tries to make accessories look as lifelike as possible, so don’t be surprised if people really wonder if you’re wearing an ice cream sandwich around your neck! Once you buy an accessory, chances are they sell the food it’s based on at their location right across the street. So if you’re looking for cute Japanese accessories to go with your mid-day treat, check out the treasures at Q-pot.!

Q-pot CAFE. Location Information

Website | Facebook (English) | Twitter (English) | Instagram (English) | Online Store (from the USA warehouse)

Nearest Station: 3-minute walk from Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro), 7-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line) (click on the Google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: open daily 11:30am – 7:30pm (Last Order 7:00pm)

Estimated Price: Dessert prices range from ¥750 to ¥2400. Accessory prices range from ¥3,600- 28,000.

“Why Go?”: For the super-kawaii!!! accessories, and the delicious treats!

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July 19, 2016 0 comment
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Owl Village Café and Bar Harajuku

Owl Village Café Harajuku Tokyo Japan

I took a trip to Harajuku to visit Owl Village, not even a block away from Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street. I had heard about Tokyo’s animal cafés and have plans to go to every single one, so I figured an owl café would be a great start. I was so right.

Take the elevator up to the fourth floor and enter the little café. Here, you will be asked if you have a reservation. Oops!  I didn’t have one, so I had to wait an extra hour. To avoid the wait, make a reservation on their website (reservations can be made up to one month in advance).

Owl Village Café Harajuku offers several packages. There is a walk-up package (the one I took) is for 30 minutes with the owls for 1000 yen. The standard course is a 60-minute package (reservations recommended) that provides for a drink in the café (with a view of the owls), 35 minutes of owl-time, and a souvenir for 1500 yen. The current special package offers a dessert with your drink, 35 minutes with the owls, and two souvenirs for 2000 yen.

If you didn’t think owls were cute before, I’m positive this experience will change your mind. They have seven owls, all super friendly and adorable. You are allowed to pat the heads of the owls and hold them using special gloves. The handler will take pictures of you with the owls, so be sure to bring your camera! Of course, there are rules such as no quick movements, no loud noises, and no camera flashes as to not frighten the birds. Please be kind to our feathered friends!

For anyone concerned with the well being of the animals, I’m not an owl expert, but they seem well cared for. They are kept on tiny leashes, because they could not survive on their own if they flew out of the café. One owl was in a bad mood on the day of my visit, so visitors were asked to let him be.

I would give the whole experience a 10/10, and am already excited to bring my friends back. So if you’re in Harajuku and are looking for a unique experience with these beautiful birds (and want to make your friends back home super jealous), stop by Owl Village Café Harajuku!

Owl Village Café Harajuku Location Information

Website (Google Translated) | Facebook (Japanese only) | Twitter (Japanese only) | Instagram

Nearest Station: 1-minute walk from JR Harajuku station (Yamanote Line) (click on the google Map for directions)

Hours of Operation: 11:00am- 7:00pm (19:00)

“Why Go?”: Owls! Owls! Owls!

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July 5, 2016 0 comment
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Robot Restaurant Shinjuku

Robot Restaurant Shinjuku

The Robot Restaurant Shinjuku is insane. There is nothing quite like it in Tokyo, nor anywhere else. I don’t even know if we can refer to it as merely a restaurant–the Robot Restaurant is an energetic, robo-centric show located in the Kabukicho district of Shinjuku. And you certainly can’t miss it, seeing that it is a huge building with large flashy lights and robot techno music blaring from the speakers.

The Pre-Show Experience

The Robot Restaurant is touristy–they know it, and they love to flaunt it. From what we saw, more than 90% of the guests were foreign visitors, mostly North Americans. All the signs are shown prominently in English, and there are a number of foreign staff that speak native-level English.

A single ticket is a hefty ¥8000, though you can get ¥500 off when buying tickets in advance from their site, or 15% off through Voyagin. A bento to eat during the performance costs another ¥1000, which must be reserved before the performance, and beers and soft drinks are another ¥500-¥600 each. There are three shows per day during the week and a fourth on Saturday (showtimes), and each show runs for 90 minutes. However, you must be in the building at least 30 minutes prior to the performance, meaning that you should set aside a minimum two hours for the experience.

As soon as you enter, you are struck by the outrageously tacky décor, designed with a wink-and-nudge of giggly self-awareness. All guests are funneled to the third floor waiting room, and from there are directed to the bar and the seats by the English-speaking staff. There was a robot-costumed saxophone and guitar player playing jazz while we waited for the start of the performance, perfectly setting the mood for the wacky night ahead. Food and drinks could be ordered from the waiting room, and the prices are what you’d expect for such a tourist-heavy establishment (Eg. ¥600 for beer and ¥1400 for an American-styled “Mega Burger”).

Robot Restaurant Shinjuku

The Show

When it’s time for the performance to start, the staff leads the guests down a staircase of lizard sculptures and tactile paintings to the performance area. The seating is cramped, a tight spot to sit for a 90-minute performance. If you pre-ordered a bento during reservation, then you’ll collect them here, or you can purchase popcorn and drinks from the staff circulating through the room. There are three bento options available–grilled boneless short ribs, ginger-simmered beef in sweetened soy sauce, and sushi. All three bento are on the small side, but you aren’t actually here for dinner, are you?

Robot Restaurant Shinjuku

The show itself is excellent. The action is loud and flashy, with a surprisingly large and varied cast of robots appearing throughout the performance. The first segment is an eclectic taiko performance, fusing a traditional Japanese drum with—well, robots, obviously! The part we liked the most was the “Robot Wars” segment, which tells us the laughably wacky story of a war between animals and the “Robot Empire.” The action-packed story between the animals and the robots was funny and familiar, almost as if the action figures from my childhood came to life off of my bedroom floor and played out their battles in grand fightin’ robot fashion. The scale of the performances is quite extraordinary, and the performers are well-rehearsed and had lots of energy.

There is a 15-minute intermission every 30 minutes so the set pieces can be changed for the next performance. During intermissions the staff circulates through the audience, selling souvenirs and refreshments. There’s plenty of time to get another drink or make that bathroom trip without missing the action, not to mention the opportunity to get one of those sweet Robot Restaurant T-shirts!

The Robot Restaurant might be a touristy thing to do, but that doesn’t make it any less worthwhile. It might be pricey, but you are guaranteed a fun night full of battlin’ robots!

Robot Restaurant Location Information

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Reservations by Phone in English: 03-3200-5500

Nearest Station: 8-minute walk from Shinjuku Station (click on the map for walking directions)

Showtimes: 4:00PM (Sat only), 5:55PM, 7:50PM, 9:45 PM. Shows are 90 minutes in duration; guests must arrive 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Estimated Price: ¥8000-¥10000 for tickets, drinks, and bento; more for souvenirs

“Why Go?”: Watch the crazy fun robot performance!

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June 28, 2016 0 comment
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Did you come to Tokyo looking for ninja? Of course you did! Why else would you come?!?!

Ninja Restaurant

The best-known enclave of most-honorable shadow warriors is located at the Ninja Restaurant in Akasaka. But finding them is not an easy task! First, one must make contact with shadowy figures in order to make a reservation. Reservations may be made up to two months ahead of time via the Ninja Restaurant website reservation form (Google translated, but usable). For reservations of less than two days’ notice, one must use the telephone device.

What? One does not speak Japanese? It does not matter! The ninja are skilled in the speaking of English, both in person and on the telephone device! Call the number 03-5157-3936 and humbly request dining space for your unworthy self! If space is available, they shall accommodate! Honor demands it!

Ninja RestaurantAnd now, one must journey to the restaurant itself. The door is hidden to the common passerby. But it shall be revealed to you! But when you discover it, the journey is not over! To learn the secrets of ninja dining, one must cross the bridges, pass over the river of ninja smoke, and brave the corridors until one reaches the ninja village. Failure is not acceptable!

Ninja Restaurant

Upon arrival, you will be seated in one of several secluded dining areas, where a server shinobi will see to your dining needs. The Ninja Restaurant offers 10 main courses, which you will have selected while making your reservation. For those who refrain from meat, the Ninja Chefs have thoughtfully accommodated with a vegetarian main course option. Do you have other dietary restrictions? The ninja have thought of this! One cannot surprise a ninja! The Ninja Chefs also offer a main course option which excludes the serving of pork and alcohol.

Some restrictions must apply to dining in such a dangerous environment. As befitting a stealthy warrior, the environment inside of the restaurant is as dark as a moonless night. Reservations including children (up to 14) may only be scheduled at 5 PM on weekdays, and one must accompany one’s children whenever they depart from the dining area. The Ninja Restaurant must be kept safe for guests!

Also, please note that normal persons are not usually not able to photograph a ninja due to their speed and stealth. But one may ask any ninja encountered to refrain from escaping in a cloud of smoke long enough for the photograph to be taken. The ninja is most hospitable and accommodating!

Ninja Restaurant

The Ninja Restaurant serves good food and provides quality entertainment (complete with vanishing ninjas). Ninja will not accept less than the best! But you may find that your money has vanished as well, as plates can be upwards of 20,000 yen. But it is of no matter! If sleight-of-hand illusions, hidden passageways, and a taste for theatrics—and good food—piques one’s interests, one must accept the hospitality of the Ninja Restaurant! There is no other choice!

Ninja Restaurant Akasaka Location Information

Website (via Google Translate) | Facebook | YouTube | Reservations Online

Reservations by Phone: 03-5157-3936

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Akasakamitsuke Tokyo Metro Subway Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line) (click on the google Map for directions)


Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Sundays and Holidays 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

“Why Go?”: You will go! You will accept the hospitality of ninja and good food! It is too late to refuse! They know who you are!

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June 24, 2016 0 comment
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Cure Maid Cafe

When people think of Akihabara, the first things that come to mind are typically anime and maid cafes. Akiba maid cafes are central to the super “moe moe” reputation of this part of Tokyo, and draws large number of tourists and Japanese alike. However, don’t assume all maid cafes are the same. Akiba maid cafes offer a variety of different experiences to their customers. Some, for instance, are focused on creating a surreal world of masters and servants, accompanied by extravagant light shows and overpriced photos with the maids. You’d be surprised to know however that it is possible to have a maid cafe experience that is a little less fetishized but is still uniquely Akihabaran.  If being pampered with the use of hyper-polite Japanese is enough for you, then go to Cure Maid Cafe, one of the first maid cafes established in Akihabara.

Cure Maid Cafe

Although Cure Maid Cafe is hidden away on the 6th floor of a building otherwise filled with character goods, it is only a short walk off of the main Chuo-dori close to Suehirocho Station. Upon entering the cafe, there is a noticeable difference from the maids in other establishments. Instead of being assaulted with overwhelming attention and cuteness as you might find in other cafes, these girls are much more demure and pleasantly quiet. They wear a Victorian style maid uniform, which consists of a floor length dress with long sleeves and a high necked collar, complete with an apron. This lends a more sophisticated atmosphere to the cafe as a whole. If you are looking to be called “master,” you will not find that here. There is no cover charge for a table like in other maid cafes, but you are still prohibited from taking photos of the maids or the cafe itself.

The food in this cafe is Japanese with a European flair. The menu often changes with the seasons along with weekly specials, but usual dishes like pork cutlets with spaghetti or rice and a variety of other light but hearty meals are always available. Their selection of desserts is varied and includes items like an Earl Grey chiffon cake and strawberry waffles. For drinks, you can refresh yourself with anything from iced tea to a glass of wine.

Although you are not able to purchase a photo with the maids, you are able to buy several different souvenirs to commemorate your time at this one-of-a-kind maid cafe. Take home a Cure Maid Cafe tea cup and saucer or maybe a tiny porcelain doll that is dressed to look like the actual maids in the cafe.

If you want to go to a Japanese maid cafe during your time in Akihabara but are hesitant about places that seem a bit “sleazy,” you will get the perfect balance of attention from girls dressed as French maids and decent dining at one of the original maid cafes, Cure Maid Cafe.

For more ideas on things to do in Akihabara, visit our articles Akihabara 101: Sorting through the Madness and 36 Hours in Tow: Kids Edition. If you’d like to check out some more weird restaurants in Tokyo, try reading Top 10 Themed Cafes and Restaurants in Tokyo.

Not sure about the Cure Maid Cafe? You could try Maid Cafe Maidreamin, also in Akihabara. Let Voyagin help you book your appointment!

Cure Maid Cafe Information

Nearest Station: 2-minute walk from Suehirocho Station (Ginza line)


Hours of Operation: Mon-Thur 11:00AM-8:00PM
Fri-Sat 11:00AM-10:00PM
Sun 11:00AM-7:00PM
“Why Go?”: If you want to get a maid cafe experience in Akihabara that is a bit more toned down than what you expect in the area.
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June 20, 2016 0 comment
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Robot Restaurant Shinjuku

Part of the thrill of visiting Tokyo is experiencing all of the delightfully strange things that make the city unique. And the biggest thrill is to check out some of the awesome theme restaurants in Tokyo. Here are the top picks from Enablejapan.com for theme restaurants and cafes in Tokyo.

Tokyo Theme Restaurants : Cat Cafes

Although not strictly in the “theme restaurants” genre, cat-lovers from around the world always ask us about cat cafes. There are several cat cafes in Tokyo where you pay to enjoy the company of cats. Most have an entrance fee or require you to buy food and drinks, but this doesn’t bother you, right? After all, you’re there to meet the kitties! There are lots of cats around who want to play or be stroked. For more information, visit our top 15 recommendations for Tokyo cat cafes or watch Part II of our Tokyo Animal Cafe video series featuring Cafe Neko JaLaLa.

Cure Maid Café

Cure Maid Cafe Theme Restaurants

Maid cafes are a uniquely-Japanese thing, and can be off-putting for visitors with conventional tastes. Given their propensity for the cutsey-poo dress-up and antics (particularly in Akihabara), you might walk away feeling kind of like you have just accidentally committed some sort of perverted act. However, Cure Maid Cafe is more Victorian and less cutesy, allowing you to enjoy the experience without having a crisis of conscience. Check out our review of the Cure Maid Cafe in Akihabara here!

Fukuro no Mise Tsukishima

Fukuro no Mise Theme Restaurants

Owls! Really, owl cafes are like cat cafes in that both animals seem to regard humans with thinly-disguised contempt. But you can visit this Tsukishima cafe and meet big owls, small owls, and many owls in between! Check out our review of Fukuro no Mise here!

If Fukuro no Mise is too far out of your away, you could always go to the Lovely Owl Cafe in Harajuku. Even better, you can make a reservation through Voyagin!

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku

Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

You don’t know Tokyo Weird until you know the Kawaii Monster Cafe. From the Monster Girl floor shows to the bizarre decor, it’s every stereotype of Japan kawaii culture all in one location. Go there, and have your camera ready for your future Facebook shots! Check out our review of the Kawaii Monster Cafe here!

You absolutely MUST go to the Kawaii Monster Cafe during your trip to Tokyo. Let Voyagin help you with your reservation!

The Lock-Up Shibuya

The_Lock_Up_Shibuya_Tokyo Theme Restaurants

This chain of izakaya horror-prison theme restaurants that has a presence in most of Tokyo’s busy areas. The Lock-Up experience starts immediately when one of the waitresses handcuffs you and leads you to your table. Once seated, you can choose from their menu of unusual food and unorthodox drinks. A cocktail served in a smoking science beaker, anyone? Sporadically throughout the evening, alarms will sound and the lighting will go dark as escaped criminals come to scare you at your table. Check out our review of the Lock-Up here!

Ninja Akasaka Restaurant

Ninja_Asakusa_Tokyo_07 Theme Restaurants

A little more expensive than the café options, but this theme restaurant is all about ninjas! At Ninja Restaurant, you can watch as they’ll break out into tricks and performances suddenly throughout your meal, set within an atmospherically designed dining room. The menu varies from Japanese to European, and the quality of the food is generally excellent. Check out our review of Ninja Akasaka Restaurant here!

Q-pot CAFE.

Q-Pot Cafe Harajuku Tokyo Japan

Life is sweet at the Q-pot CAFE. in Harajuku! Come by for the cakes and tarts, and then visit their store across the street for fashion accessories based on the sweets you just had! See our review of the Q-pot CAFE. here!

Robot Restaurant Shinjuku

Robot Restaurant Shinjuku Theme Restaurants

The Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku is a fairly recent addition to Tokyo’s lineup of theme restaurants. Here, you can enjoy a dinner show where the main feature is giant robots being controlled by pretty girls.  It’s an extremely flashy show, with lots of lights, noise and excitement that’s a fun one-off experience. See our review of the Robot Restaurant here!

If you plan on adding the Robot Restaurant to your “must-do” list, you can get a discount on Instant E-Tickets from Voyagin!

Tori no Iru Asakusa

Making New Friends at Tori no Iru Bird Cafe Asakusa Tokyo Japan

Once you’re done at the Sensoji Shrine, this little cafe is a must-see. They have several owls and a walk-in bird room where you can interact with dozens of parakeets and other birds. Re-enact Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” by buying a small box of birdseed! See our review of Tori no Iru Asakusa here!

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Wear the raincoat. No, not your own, use the one from the shop. You’ll thank me later.

The Tori no Iru Bird Cafe is a nice side-excursion from your trip to the Sensoji Asakusa Shrine. You won’t miss it–they have a large outdoor display and video monitor, and the arrow pointing to the basement cafe is easy to find.

Tori no Iru Tokyo Asakusa Bird Cafe Entrance

Once inside, the door-bird–some kind of burrowing owl–squawked at us, making for a unique sort of visitor bell. We turned over our jackets and bags to the staff, sanitized our hands and shoes for the safety of the birds, and went to go visit our avian friends!

The owls are the first birds you’ll see once you turn around from the counter. Most are of the small burrowing type, but there are a few medium-sized birds and one larger barn owl. Their area is a little darker, for their comfort. They seem amenable to being petted, so long as you don’t surprise them while they are looking at something else. If you ask, the staff will pick them up and put them on your hand for photos.

Owl Tori no Iru Asakusa Entrance

After that, it was time for the main event. the raincoats are right next to the door, and you do want to put one on. There be parrots beyond this point! After going through a short corridor, you will emerge into what amounts to a giant birdcage.

The birds at this bird cafe are not shy. As soon as we were inside, three parakeets landed on me, and a handful more on my trusty camera-woman. And keep your hood up–birds like long hair, earrings, necklaces, and any other bright and shinys that they can reach with their little beaks. Also, please be careful where you step–some of the parakeets like to walk on the floor, especially if they think you may have dropped something or mistake your shoelaces for worms.

Curious Bird at Tori no Iru Bird Cafe Asakusa Tokyo Japan

Making New Friends at Tori no Iru Bird Cafe Asakusa Tokyo Japan

And then I went and did it. On the far side of the entrance is a small table, upon which is a box. Inside this box, you can buy birdseed treats at 100 yen for a small plastic container. I moved towards the table–

And was immediately mobbed. Every bird in the room swooped down on me, Hitchcock-style. It took a few moments for me to have enough mobility to even open the box, put in the coin, and pull out a birdseed container. At that point, the birds turned into little flying piranhas, with two or three trying to pry open the container with their beaks while the rest jostled for position on my arms and head.

The parakeets and parrots were the most active, but they weren’t the only residents of the room. Huddled in the corner were a pair of ducks trying to sleep. A trumpeter horn bill blasted by, obviously on pressing business on the other side of the room. And in one corner a small, shy toucan delicately nipped the birdseed we offered.

Once we left the Parakeet Room, we were able to browse the wide variety of souvenirs available at the front desk of the bird cafe. I bought a little packet of owl buttons for my bag (500 yen).

Although the Parakeet Room was a lot of fun for us, we could see how it could be terrifying for children to suddenly have a number of birds land on them. Although the Tori no Iru Bird Cafe allows children of all ages, please be aware that the experience could be frightening for small children and possibly dangerous for the birds. Please look out for our new feathered friends at Tori no Iru!

Tori no Iru Bird Cafe Asakusa

English Site

5 minutes from Asakusa Station, Exit A4 or A5 (click on the pin to get directions via Google Maps)

Hours: Weekdays 13:00-20:00, Weekends 11:00-20:00. No reservation required.

Prices Per Person: 1500 yen for 1 hour, 1000 yen for 30 minutes, 300 yen for 15-minute increments. Half price for 4-6 year olds, free to age 3 and under. Souvenirs available.

“Why Go?”: See the owls, get mobbed by parakeets looking for birdseed!

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