Lonely Planet Writer

Nintendo set to open three Kirby theme cafes in Japan

While Pokemon Go takes over the virtual world, Nintendo have their sites set on the real world with the opening of three Kirby theme cafes across Japan.

Some of the parties available at the Kirby Cafe
Some of the parties available at the Kirby Cafe Image by Kirby Cafe

The themed cafes centre around Nintendo’s original puffball character, Kirby, and will have a full Kirby-themed menu and merchandise available. Fans will be able to eat pastries and drinks that resemble popular Nintendo characters as well as choose from a menu of typical Japanese noodle and teriyaki dishes.

A pink puff pastry available at Kirby Cafe
A pink puff pastry available at Kirby Cafe Image by Kirby Cafe

With adorable, miniature Kirby-shaped pink pastries and sticky buns as well as delicious-looking Kirby-theme ice-cream sundaes, these cafes are set to be some of the cutest in Japan.

Treats available at the Kirby Cafe
Treats available at the Kirby Cafe Image by Kirby Cafe

The first of the Kirby theme cafes is set to open in Osaka on August 5th, followed by cafes in Tokyo and Nagoyo (which is also home to a Ninja training camp!) in late August. While the Osaka and Tokyo branches will have food available, the  Nagoya location will only have non-edible items for purchase.

Japan has always been a very popular destination for gamers and animation fans, with the country being home to a Snoopy Museum in Tokyo and the world’s first women-only geek cafe.