Tokyo is known for its amazing restaurants and good food as well as its creativity and quirkiness. The creativity and fun loving nature of the Japanese find an outlet in every aspect of their lives – even their restaurants.
From cute to the scary and the quirky, you will bump into the most peculiar sorts of eat out joints in this city. So, if you didn’t know earlier, make sure to check out Tokyo’s craziest restaurents next time you happen to visit this neon lit city!
If you like your fish fresh, and by fresh I mean caught yourself – Zauo is the place for you. This fishing- themed restaurant lets you sit in a dining area shaped like a boat, surrounded by a fish tank.
You get to catch your own fish, after which the staff celebrate with Japanese drums, and then your catch is prepared and served to you. You get to choose how you would like to have your fish from a wide menu including sashimi, grilled, sushi, etc. This restaurant has a family friendly atmosphere and some pretty good dishes.
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This popular Ninja themed restaurant is a must visit. As weird as it sounds, Ninja Akasaka offers some great service as well as tasty food with a twist. As soon as you enter the restaurant, a staff member dressed as a Ninja guides you through a maze-like passage filled with surprises and more ninjas(!) greet you to your seat in the ‘Ninja Village’. You can order food from the expansive menu consisting of “cosmopolitan cuisine”, that’s a mixture of different cuisines from around the world.
The dishes are creatively made(and have ‘some really cool names too!) and visitors can choose from a variety of menus including vegetarian and non-alcoholic menus. Throughout the meal, different Ninjas perform ‘Ninja Magic Tricks’ to keep you entertained.
If you think getting hand-cuffed and locked up in a prison cell, eating “prison food” – well not really – is fun, The LockUp is a good place to head to. After you enter, you have to take a lift that leads you to a corridor filled with ‘prison cells’ after which you are hand-cuffed, charged for crime and put in one of these ‘prison cells’.
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The food served here is delicious but maintains its spooky theme. Check this out – grilled chicken served as “Man’s Hand” and several cocktails served as “toxins”. The environment lives up to the theme with several horror-filled sights and sounds. Even the staff are dressed up as policemen and prison inmates.
Alice in a Labyrinth
There are several Alice in Wonderland-themed restaurant Cafes all across Tokyo but this one takes the cake. Everything from the decor to the food is Alice-themed. The interiors are very beautifully done, reflecting the Alice in Wonderland theme everywhere you look. The passage-way to the restaurant features huge book pages with illustrations from the original Alice in Wonderland.
You can choose your seats from tables in the shape of enormous playing cards to sitting inside a giant teacup. Even the waitresses are dressed up as Alice! The food here is designed to resemble various characters from the book and movie.
If spooky is your thing, visit the Vampire Cafe in Ginza, Tokyo. This creepy cafe, with its eerie decor replete with coffins, fake blood, mirrors and crimson curtains, and its equally scary menu will bring out the inner Vampire in you.
As cheesy as it sounds, this cafe is quite a famous tourist attraction and lives up to its name. This restaurant only opens at night (ofcourse) and serves special themed drinks and food such as the Bloody Rose cocktail and the devil cut chicken steak. Blood-curdling indeed!
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Character Foodcourt, Sanrio Puroland
This cute cafe situated in Tokyo’s Sanrio Puroland theme park is as “kawaii” as anything gets! Featuring menus that have food with themes from Sanrio’s most popular characters, this cafe is sure to bring out your inner five-year-old.
From Hello Kitty to Gudetama, this Character food court makes sure to serve you the most cutesy things you will have ever seen on a plate. Once you’re done eating, you can also roam around the park, experience fun rides, witness the cute shows and shop at the little stores selling cute Sanrio merchandise.
Cafe de Miki with Hello Kitty
If you love Hello Kitty but would rather not have a too-kawaii experience, Cafe de Miki with Hello Kitty is the best stop. This cafe with its contemporary design is especially known for its cute pancakes, lattes and other yummy snacks.
Very minimalistic in decor, this cafe strikes the perfect balance between kawaii and contemporary with the food retaining its cuteness in a very simplistic way. You can also shop for Hello Kitty merchandise later!