Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Japan: Akihabara (Shinobazu Cafe)

Not too long ago I blogged about a Ninja Restaurant located in Akasaka. (https://traveldreamscapes.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/japan-akasaka-ninja-restaurant/) This is not unusual in a city where theme cafes are widespread. In Tokyo, you can find anything from maid cafes to restaurants featuring animated robots! (https://traveldreamscapes.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/japan-tokyo-kabukicho-robot-restaurant-shinjuku/). These types of establishments appeal primarily to the otaku culture but many foreigners are drawn to them as well, as something out of the ordinary.

Maids at a typical Maid Cafe in Tokyo

Maids at a typical Maid Cafe in Tokyo

Recently, I found an establishment that combines the charm of a maid café with the mystique of ninjas. Shinobazu Café located at 1-8-6 Kanda sotokanda Chiyoda, Tokyo, Watanabe Bldg. 3F, is just five minutes from the JR Akihabara Station electric town exit. It offers maid café type of service where the maids are dressed as cosplay ninjas.

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

Photo courtesy of Shinobazu Cafe

For those Naruto fans out there, and I know I am dating myself here, Shinobazu were the “Ninja Dropouts” who operated in the Land of Forests. They attacked many families and households, killing everyone to prevent survivors from seeking revenge.

If you are unfamiliar with the maid café atmosphere, it is one where clientele are treated as lord and master by servant type maids that cater to their every need, provided there is no physical contact and no exchange of personal information.

The menu is very basic and includes items such as shumai, pasta, salads, noodles, and of course, dessert. Soft drinks run ¥600 and alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, cocktails and champagne will set you back ¥800.

Do note that there is an admission charge of ¥1500 to the café. This covers the first hour and beyond that patrons will be charged an additional ¥1000 for every 30-minutes. New customers to the café receive a discount where they are only charged ¥100 for the first 30 minutes. Also, there is a one drink minimum requirement.

The café is open weekdays from 3:00 PM – 10:30 PM (closed on Mondays) and from 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM on weekends. If you do decide to visit, remember to bring cash as the café does not accept credit cards. Further, photography inside the cafe is prohibited.

Café web page: http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?ref=SERP&br=ro&mkt=en-US&dl=en&lp=JA_EN&a=http%3a%2f%2fshinobazu-cafe.com%2f

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