JAPAN: Tokyo/ Shinjuku (Christon Cafe)

Japan is a place that is never short of uniquely themed cafes. Just when you think you have seen it all, one comes along that totally surprises you. Having said that, there is a café located not far from Shinjuku Station that did just that. It is called Christon Café. If you are thinking to yourself, that sounds strangely like “Christian Café,” well, you are right. This restaurant is based on a church theme! It may seem strange to have a church themed café in a country where the number of Christians comprise approximately 1% of the entire population but aren’t themed cafes all about the novelty anyway?

The first Christon Café opened in Osaka in 2000 and now there is one located in Shibuya and Shinjuku, each boasting incredibly detailed interiors decorated in a religious gothic theme.

The Shinjuku café is located on the 8th and 9th floors of the Oriental Wave Building. The restaurant has high ceilings decorated with enormous chandeliers, dark red curtains, tons of wrought iron, gothic and Catholic imagery throughout. The tables and chairs are a mishmash ranging from luxurious couches to rustic wooden tables with hardback chairs. The restaurant has exclusive VIP seating as well for those seeking a more private dining experience.

VIP Seating

VIP Seating

The food is just as mixed up as the décor, with the basic menu consisting of Italian dishes with Dutch hotpots and French inspired dished sprinkled in. The cocktails are somewhat strange too, some served with glowing ice cubes (plastic LED lights). The average price per person at this café is ¥3500, slightly less than your typical themed restaurant in Japan. However, I have found that dining at these restaurants is more about the experience rather than the quality of the food.

The café operates daily between the hours of 5:00 PM – 11:30 PM and reservations are recommended, especially on weekends when the place is operating fairly at capacity.

Web page:         http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g465406/

Address:             5-17-13 Shinjuku Tokyo Japan

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