There's a Cafe for That: Tokyo's Best Themed Spots

From robots to hedgehogs, the Japanese love a good theme—no matter how out-there.

A no-pet culture and an obsession with cuteness have given rise to Tokyo’s animal cafés. There are five floors of rabbits at With Bunny (1-7-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku; usagi-cafe.info), 25 owls at Akiba Fukurou (67 Kanda Neribei-cho, Chiyoda-ku; akiba2960.com), and dozens of hedgehogs at Harry (Iwahori Bldg. 2F, 6-7-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku; harinezumi-cafe.com). Theme restaurants abound. Robot Restaurant (1-7-1 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku; shinjuku-robot.com) is all techno and neon, and at 200 maid cafés, such as Maidreamin (Sumiyoshi Bldg. 6F, 3-16-17 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku; maidreamin.com), waitresses dress the part. Alcatraz E.R. (Harvest Bldg. 2F, 2-13-5 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku) has a prison-hospital ambience, and Alice in Dancing Land (Zero Gate B1F, 16-9 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku; alice-restaurant.com) is, well...
 

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