Another limited-time café came to Tokyo in the beginning of November and enchants its guests with cute dishes featuring Kapibara-san a fluffy capybara and his friends.
Located on the 5th floor of Tokyu Plaza’s Omotesando Building, the Tokyu Hands Café is holding a special collaboration event with a carefully made menu featuring cute dishes in the shape of Kapibara-san.
The place is nicely decorated with panels and stuffed animals, …
…as well as cute welcome messages at the entrance.
The collaboration menu covers two main dishes, one dessert and two different drinks. Of course you can also choose out of the normal menu.
We decided for the Teriyaki-Chicken Sandwich plate (1,380 yen including tax), the apple pancakes (1,280 yen including tax) and the Marshmallow Latte (700 yen including tax).
Everything was really delicious and carefully decorated!
After enjoying your meal how about spending a relaxed evening at the Starbucks Terrace on the 6th floor and view the illuminations and the sunset over Shibuya?
Date: November 1st (Tuesday) until November 30th (Wednesday)
Hours: 11am – 9pm (L.O. 8:30pm)
Access: 4min walk from Harajuku Station – Omotesando Exit (JR Yamanote Line); 1min walk from Meiji Jingumae Station Exit 5 (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Fukutoshin Line); 7min walk from Omotesando Station Exit A2 (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon Line, Ginza Line)
Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 5F, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 150-0001 Tokyo
Japan has many cat cafés, but this chain takes it up a notch. MoCHA, reminiscent of the French word for cat “chat”, is a stylish chain in Tokyo providing both cats and visitors with a relaxing atmosphere. Cat cafés are often built to be cosy, making MoCHA unique with its trendy interior.
How does it work?
Cat cafés all around Japan mostly have a similar system; you pay a set entry fee for a certain time limit (this may or may not include a drink) and you’re ready to go! Most often shoes are off limits, but this can depend on the café. The management will also ask not to pick up the cats or disturb them. These furry hosts get many visitors on one day and would like to be able to relax when needed.
Rules at MoCHA
-Don’t chase the cats
-Don’t hold the cats
-Don’t feed the cats any human food. If you want to feed them, you can buy some treats at the café
-Photos are allowed, but turn off your flash
-Don’t speak in loud voices
What makes MoCHA different?
The main concept of MoCHA is to provide a serene, healing space. MoCHA thought about both cats and humans while designing the interior. Wooden trees, fake bird cages, ladders and plants provide plenty of entertainment and relaxing space for the cats while being a treat for the human eye. Instead of regular chairs and benches there are relaxing sofas and reclining chairs.
All that’s left to feel completely at ease is a kitty on your lap, and MoCHA has about 15~20 of them at every café! You can learn their names and favorite foods from one of the photo books. These adorable cat dictionaries also have baby pictures of when they were just a kitten.
Cat themed drinks
Besides offering the basic café drinks, MoCHA also has an “all you can drink” option for 350 yen. Some hot drinks come with a kitty-shaped marshmallow or snack.
Starting September 2016, MoCHA is collaborating with professional marhsmallow maker “Yawahada”, creating treats based on the café’s three most popular cats, all coincidentally named after delicious food! Wasabi: a female black and white Siberian, Azuki(sweet red beans): a female calico Munchkin, and Kinako (roasted soybean flour): a male light-cream tabby Scottish Fold. For the paws you can choose between vanilla, chocolate and black tea.
Hours: every day from 10am – 10pm (last entry at 9:30pm) Admission: 200 yen / 10 minutes (1h stay is 1,200 yen) Location: Asoruti Shibuya building, 8F Access: 5-min walk from Shibuya Station Address: 32-12 Udagawachō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0042 Characteristics: The café is like a big lounge, watching over Shibuya URL: http://catmocha.jp/shibuya/
MoCHA Ikebukuro West
Hours: every day from 10am – 10pm (last entry at 9:30pm) Admission: 200 yen / 10 minutes (1h stay is 1,200 yen) Location: Near Ikebukuro Westgate Park, there is a seven eleven store on the 1st floor Access: 1-min walk from Ikebukuro Station West Exit Address: 1 Chome-15-6 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 171-0021 Characteristics: Natural materials such as wooden trees and soft ambient light give this café its relaxing atmosphere. URL: http://catmocha.jp/ikebukuro/
MoCHA Ikebukuro East
Hours: every day from 10am – 10pm (last entry at 9:30pm) Admission: 1,800 yen general admission Location: Sanke building 4F Access: 3-min walk from Ikebukuro Station East Exit Address: 1 Chome-22-5 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 170-0013 Characteristics: Relaxing lounge style URL: http://catmocha.jp/ikebukuro2/
Hours: every day from 10am – 8pm (last entry at 7:30pm) Admission: 200 yen / 10 minutes (1h stay is 1,200 yen) Location: Cross Avenue Harajuku 3F Access: Right next to Harajuku Station Omotesando exit Address: 150-0001 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingūmae, 1 Chome−14-25 Characteristics: Refreshing green carpets, wooden trees and fake bird cages for the cats to rest URL: http://catmocha.jp/harajuku/
Matcha is loved all over Japan and foreigners are joining in on the powdered green tea hype. The delicious multi-layered dessert called “parfait” is very popular in Japan and many cafés have at least one on their menu. Now combine this tasty treat with all the goodness of green tea and you get an amazing Matcha Parfait!
The best matcha – and parfaits – are found in Kyoto at Tsujiri. This shop has been specialized in matcha since 1860. The founder Riemon made many important contributions to the tea industry such as inventing the tea cabinet and enhancing tea flavors. Tsujiri has always used tea from Uji near Kyoto, the best area for green tea in Japan.
Walking in the Gion area of Kyoto you might miss this small shop as it completely blends into the street with similar facades. On the first floor you can buy take-out sweets and souvenirs. But where we really want to go is the second and third floord, Tsujiri Café. If you can’t read Japanese, don’t worry! The café has English menus available.
Out of all the amazing parfaits to choose from I decided to go with the current Spring Special parfait and once the parfait came I did not regret my decision for even a second. It was a beautiful creation of variatons of ice cream, matcha jelly, dango, matcha cream, cookies and crunchy flakes.
Even the coaster was so pretty that I had to take it home with me as a souvenir.
The interior of the shop is very Japanese and just invites you to sit down and relax.
If you are in Kyoto, a visit to this café is sure to delight any sweets and tea lover.
573-3 Gionmachi Minamigawa Shijo Dori Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074.
Hours: open every day from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
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