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5 Instagram-Worthy Spots in Japan You Will Want to Post About Right Now (Cafe Edition)

Instagram is a world sensation, and there's a lot of people out there who want to find nice places to post about on this social media platform when traveling. This article will help with that by showcasing five cafes around Japan that are bound to rock anyone's Instagram.

1. KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU (Tokyo)

Harajuku’s kawaii, or “cute,” culture is all about being colorful and pop with a twist of grotesque elements. KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU was created by art director Sebastian Masuda, a big promoter of Harajuku’s creative and eccentric world view. A vibrant merry-go-round shaped like a huge cake is the first thing you’ll encounter inside this cafe. Next, you’ll be taken to your table by one of the house’s iconic MONSTER GIRLS dressed in their highly original attires. The tables are divided into four different zones, each with their own unique theme. With a variety of original dishes, such as the richly colored chocolate cream cake called “Colorful Poison CAKE (Chemical)” (850 JPY and up (excl. tax)), you’ll be taking pictures before you even notice it!

1. KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU (Tokyo)

YM Square 4F, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

2. Cafe Hassui (Kyoto)

Situated in the popular area of Arashiyama, Cafe Hassui is located inside a tea ceremony cottage annxed to Suiran Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in Kyoto. The cafe’s location right in front of a beautiful aquamarine river offers you a breathtaking view of the surroundings. Choose a table inside the cottage or on the terrace and appreciate the different landscapes the passage of the seasons brings. The architecture of this renovated building with more than 100 years of history is also worth noticing. The gorgeous Japanese Afternoon Tea (4,200 JPY (excl. tax)) is one of their most popular dishes and allows you to, literally, feel Kyoto with your five senses. This afternoon tea set presents a colorful assortment of Japanese and Western delicacies, including Japanese sweets from long-established Japanese confectioneries.

2. Cafe Hassui (Kyoto)

12 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

3. Moomin House Café TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi Branch (Tokyo)

Moomin House Café is a themed cafe based on the house portrayed in the Finnish fairy tale Moomin. As you would expect, the cafe’s interior design is a reproduction of the images seen in the stories. If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll love it here: the walls are covered with drawings of all your favorite characters! The menu offers a lineup of Finnish dishes, including pancakes inspired by the Moomin House (1,800 JPY (excl. tax)) and the Veggie Bowl Meatballs Plate (1,300 JPY (excl. tax)), where the rice is shaped like Moomin. Be sure not to miss the selection of original goods the cafe has on offer!

3. Moomin House Café TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi Branch (Tokyo)

TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Solamachi 1F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

4. gram SUNSHINE SAKAE Branch (Aichi)

gram is a very popular and highly recommended cafe specializing in pancakes. From pancake meals to dessert pancakes, gram has a wide variety of these beauties on offer. The very limited Premium Pancakes (950 JPY (incl. tax)) are what you can call Instagram-worthy! These three little cuties, one on top of another, are prepared from scratch after you make your order. Using a generous amount of meringue in its batter and covered in butter, whipped cream, and maple syrup, these heavenly fluffy pancakes will melt in your mouth.

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4. gram SUNSHINE SAKAE Branch (Aichi)

3-24-4 6F, Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi

5. cafe kanade (Kyoto)

Using a reformed old traditional townhouse as its grounds, Kanade is a cafe where you’ll feel a relaxing Japanese atmosphere from the get-go. The cafe holds a beautiful tsubo-niwa (a small inner garden fenced or surrounded by other buildings) that you can appreciate from one of the tables inside. Most of the vegetables used in their dishes, including the Special of the Day (850 JPY (excl. tax)), come straight from farmers in Kyoto and Shiga prefectures. Kanade also serves delicious desserts, such as parfaits (850 JPY and up (excl. tax)) and pancakes (matcha flavor with adzuki beans (800 JPY (excl. tax)), comes in other flavors as well).

5. cafe kanade (Kyoto)

88 Tachibana-cho, Sakaimachi-dori Marutamachi-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

In this article, you got to know a variety of different cafes unique to Japan, from ones where you can experience Harajuku's kawaii culture to others housed in structures brimming with Japanese atmosphere. Do take the time to visit your favorite cafe in this list and post the pictures you take on Instagram!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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