Want to visit the Kawaii Monster Cafe in Tokyo? It’s one of the most fun and craziest cafes I’ve been to. It’s truly a unique experience that I can recommend everyone who would like to do fun things in Tokyo, no matter your age.
While kids obviously will love this place, it’s just as fun for adults. In this article, I will share my experience at the Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku, Tokyo and share more useful information for your visit.
The Monster Cafe is located in the Harajuku neighborhood, and it’s famous for its crazy and colorful design, which seems taken from out of this world.
It offers the perfect mix between crazy and cute (kawaii) and even the foods have bizarre twists and colors.
The food at Kawaii Monster Cafe
The Monster Cafe food might not be the most attractive food you’ve ordered, with rainbow spaghetti, rainbow playdoh cake, and rainbow cereals served in a cat bowl, just to mention a few dishes.
Just looking at the menu and ordering some of the foods is reason enough to visit the Kawaii Monster Cafe. And while it’s a bit more expensive than your typical restaurant in Tokyo, the food is actually tasty compared to many other themed cafes with mediocre food.
However, the cakes and such comes with quite a sugar rush, so you might want to share those. Some Bizarre drinks are available as well, with names such as “the mad scientist” or “eyeball”.
Reserve your Kawaii Monster Cafe tickets
It’s recommended to reserve your Monster Cafe tickets online due to high demand and popularity. You can easily do this via the link below, and you can even request certain seats when doing your reservation.
The Monster girl’s performance
One of the highlights of visiting the Monster Cafe in Harajuku is the show that is put on every 40 minutes. The show consists of singing, clapping, loud techno music and some Kawaii dancing by the Monster girls.
It’s a very strange performance but nonetheless entertaining. They also invite guests to come up to the stage and dance with them (if you want to), and after the show, you can take pictures with the Monster girls.
The 4 Unique rooms and private booths
Visitors can reserve their own booth for an additional fee, and upon availability, one can choose between various private booths and rooms. All of the rooms are decorated in a theme that adds to the craziness of this cafe.
Basically, it looks and feels like you’ve come to some Rainbow wonderland vs Alice in Wonderland vs Monsters in your closet.
The 4 unique areas
- Mushroom Disco
- Mel-Tea Room
- Milk Stand
- Bar Experiment
Colorful mushrooms, flowers, giant horse and rabbit heads drinking milk from bottles, and colors. Colors are everywhere as well as the changing lights which turn the place into a disco-like cafe when the show starts.
More about the Kawaii Monster Cafe
The Kawaii Monster Cafe opened in 2015 by Sebastian Masuda. It has since become an iconic attraction in Harajuku and attracts both tourists and locals alike who want to have a good time.
The restaurant concept is to showcase the original culture of Harajuku and visualize it in one place. The Monster girls working at the cafe are so-called “Harajuku girls” known for their fashion.
Some tourists and locals take it a step further and add their own touch to the visit by dressing up in various ways.
Monster Cafe Opening Hours
- Monday to Saturday is open for lunch between 11:30-16:30 and dinner between 18:00-22:30.
- Sundays and Holidays: 11:00-20:00
Food and drinks start from ¥700 up to ¥1200. There are also packages which include both drinks and foods as well as desserts. We paid around ¥4000 for 2 people, and you should budget at least 2000 yen per person.
Of course, you could just come here and order a drink or food, and enjoy the performance. But to get the full experience and make the most out of your visit to the Monster Cafe, you should definitely order something to drink and eat.
If you’re not hungry, go for a colorful “poison cake” or some other dessert.
How to visit the Monster Cafe in Tokyo
Reservations aren’t strictly required, but I recommend you to book your tickets ahead to ensure that the seats won’t be sold out. The Kawaii Monster Cafe is very popular, especially on weekends.
If you don’t reserve your tickets ahead, there is an entrance fee of 500 yen per person. It’s kind of a cover charge for your seat and it’s included if you book your Kawaii Monster Cafe tickets online.
YM square building 4F,
4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
What to expect for your visit
Come here with an open mind and just go with the flow, and you’ll have the time of your life at Kawaii Monster Cafe in Tokyo. It’s a crazy and fun place for both kids and adults, and a visit to the Harajuku area isn’t really complete without it.
It’s just as exciting as the famous Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, and you can expect to have a good time with lots of laughs and memories. I recommend to come here with your friends or family, or even a loved one to have a good time.
Colorful foods, Harajuku girls clapping, singing and dancing to techno music, and fluffy monster characters running around the place are just some of the things you’ll experience at the Monster Cafe in Tokyo.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need to make a reservation for Kawaii Monster Cafe?
To be guaranteed a seat and entrance, you’ll need to make a reservation for Kawaii Monster Cafe. You can easily make your reservation via the link below.
How often are the performances?
The Kawaii Monster Cafe show starts every 40 minutes, so during your visit, you’ll likely get to see 2-3 performances.
How much does the Monster Cafe ticket cost?
The ticket via Govoyagin costs from 540 Yen and you can also book food and drinks packages at the same time, which will then be included in your reservation.
Who started the Monster Cafe?
Sebastian Masuda opened the themed cafe in 2015. He’s an art director and pioneer of the Harajuku Kawaii Culture, famous for 6%DOKIDOKI as well as working with the pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
When is Burlesque night at Kawaii Monster Cafe in Harajuku?
The Burlesque performance can be seen every Thursday evening from 8 pm to midnight. Visitors must be 20 years old or more to get in. The entrance for this is separate and costs 2000 yen, which includes a drink.
When is Kawaii Monster Cafe Oiran night?
Oiran night is every Tuesday night.
|Kawaii Monster Cafe Harajuku
|From 750 yen and upwards
|YM square building 4F, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
|Mon – Sat: 11.30am – 4.30pm and 6pm – 11.30pm. Sundays and Holidays: 11am – 8pm
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