Experiencing the Kawaii Monster Cafe!

Do you ever want to do something super #OnlyInJapan? Well, recently I thought I would go all out and experience the Kawaii Monster Cafe (カワイイ モンスター カフェ) in Harajuku. Kawaii, meaning cute in Japanese, it most certainly is!

As soon as you enter, you’ll be pretty stuck by how colorful everything is. The place was created by the fashion artist behind Japanese pop sensation Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and it most certainly shows. Just like the popstars image, everything from the waitresses uniforms to the washing basins is super kawaii!

The meals reflect this too. The above is ‘rainbow pasta’, a surprisingly tasty multi-colored pasta with tomato sauce. The super sweet, brightly colored cocktails were also pretty good 🙂

To add to the craziness, every half an hour or so this creature comes out and starts dancing around a huge rotating birthday cake in the center of the cafe, along with his sexy dance assistant! If you go here, be ready to get a little overwhelmed by how crazy it is!


Cost: cover charge 500 yen, meal + drink from around 1500 yen

Open: 11:30am to 10:30pm

How to get there

The cafe is just outside Meiji-jingymae station, opposite ABC Mart:

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.