People generally associate Japan with anime, video games and popular characters like Hello Kitty, Gudetama and Totoro. Spare some time in your itinerary to embrace your childhood and explore these adorable cafes that provide not only unique photo ops, but also great food and an ambience you won’t find anywhere else!
Shirohige Cream Puff Factory
Shirohige is a quaint little bakery located near the popular shopping district of Shimokitazawa, where fashion enthusiasts converge for a day of thrifting and window shopping. The bakery makes special cream puffs in the shape of the popular Studio Ghibli character, Totoro, and are filled with delicious seasonal flavours like peach and chestnut. The establishment is decorated with subtle hints of the lovable Totoro and his friends, and you are able to enjoy a leisurely afternoon sipping tea and eating pastries at the cafe upstairs.
5-3-1 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0033
+81 357 876 221
Opening hours: 10.30AM to 7PM, closed Tuesdays
Cafe de Miki
If you’re taking a trip out to Odaiba to enjoy views of the bay, be sure to stop by Cafe de Miki at Diver City Mall for a quick Hello Kitty-themed snack to recharge. The cafe only serves sweets – scones, pancakes and the like – and has charming London-themed decor, making for some really adorable photos.
1-1-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064
+81 363 807 800
Open daily, 10AM to 9PM