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59 Crazy Japanese Restaurants

From Eroticized Coffee Shops to Toilet-Themed Restaurants

— March 25, 2014 — World
Aside from being pretty novel on their own, these Japanese restaurants seem to be in a contest to out-weird one another. Most of the time, it’s the quirkiness of the restaurant design that draws people in, like the Ginza 111 in Tokyo, which functions as both an Internet café and a karaoke bar in one—perfect for singing while you surf the net?

If you’re more focused on the offerings of food rather than the experience, some crazy Japanese restaurants to check out include Café Est! Est!, which serves ice cream topped with ice cream, or the Nohachi restaurant, whose chef sometimes serves sushi made on a single grain of rice.

As zany as some of these ideas may be, cat cafes, toilet-themed restaurants and establishments with servers dressed as cute maids have slowly been coming overseas to North American within the last couple of years.
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Tablet-Powered Bars
Tablet-Powered Bars
Logbar's iPad Minis Let Guests Chat and Create Custom Drinks
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Prison-Mimicking Meals
Prison-Mimicking Meals
The 'Prison Cafeteria' Serves Up Food That Inmates Eat Every Day
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Mini Plane-Delivered Foods
Mini Plane-Delivered Foods
The 'iTray' by YO! Sushi Restaurant Delivers Remarkable New Technology
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Handheld Food Dispensers
Handheld Food Dispensers
The Smart Han Bento Lunchbox Lets You Eat Rice Dishes on the Go
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Canine-Friendly Christmas Cakes
Canine-Friendly Christmas Cakes
A Japanese Bakery Makes Cakes Dogs Can Eat with Their Owners
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Peculiar Pop-Up Cuisine
Peculiar Pop-Up Cuisine
Bob Blumer Launches World's Weirdest Restaurants
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Single Rice Grain Sushi
Single Rice Grain Sushi
Chef Hironori Ikeno's Little Sushi is Extremely Miniature
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51
Gourmet Meat Fast Foods
Gourmet Meat Fast Foods
Domino's Japan Caters Refined Tastes with its Kobe Steak Pizza
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Grime-Filled Gourmet Meals
Grime-Filled Gourmet Meals
An Expensive Japanese Restaurant Serves Dirt Dishes
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Internet Cafe Karaoke Bars
Internet Cafe Karaoke Bars
The Ginza Tokyo is a Luxury Venue That Pairs Strange Activities
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Seafood-Flavored Ice Creams
Seafood-Flavored Ice Creams
This Strange Ice Cream Tastes Like Scallops
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Black Ninja-Inspired Burgers
Black Ninja-Inspired Burgers
The Burger King Black Ninja Burger is a Japan Exclusive
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In-Store Farm Factories
In-Store Farm Factories
Subway Japan Goes Fresh by Growing Lettuce On the Spot
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Retro TV Show Restaurants
Retro TV Show Restaurants
The Thunderbirds Cafe is a Nostalgia-Filled Dining Experience
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Undulating Eatery Facades
Undulating Eatery Facades
The Yufutoku Restaurant by ISSHO Architects Evokes the Machiya Style
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Undulating Udon Buildings
Undulating Udon Buildings
A Wavy Tokyo Noodle Shop by ISSHO Architects
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Brightly Hued Sushi Bars
Brightly Hued Sushi Bars
The Tori Tori Restaurant is Comfy and Classy
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Double Decker Sundaes
Double Decker Sundaes
Tokyo's Café Est! Est! Serves Ice Cream Topped with Ice Cream Cones
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Waiterless Automated Restaurants
Waiterless Automated Restaurants
This Tokyo Restaurant Combines Technology with Food
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Bunny-Snuggling Cafes
Bunny-Snuggling Cafes
This Japanese Rabbit Cafe Lets You Curl Up with a Coffee and Cute Bunnies
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Chef-Free Cooking
Chef-Free Cooking
Ramen Noodle Shop Uses Cooperative Culinary Robots for Service
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Gamer-Themed Restaurants
Gamer-Themed Restaurants
The CAPCOM Bar Serves Video Game-Inspired Dishes
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Medieval Horror Game Restaurants
Medieval Horror Game Restaurants
The Dark Souls Cafe is Designed for Fans of the Video Game Series
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Comfortably Relaxing Cat Cafes
Comfortably Relaxing Cat Cafes
Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium is Europe's First Cat Cafe
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Cozy Owl-Gazing Cafes
Cozy Owl-Gazing Cafes
These Owl Cafes in Japan Lets You Bird Watch as You Enjoy Your Coffee
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Robotic Beer Dispensers
Robotic Beer Dispensers
Asahi's Beerbot Ensures Speed & Zero-Wastage
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Reptile Cafes
Reptile Cafes
Yokohama Subtropical Tea is Staffed by Cold-Blooded Creatures
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Contemporary Treed Cafes
Contemporary Treed Cafes
The Foresty Cafe Ki Welcomes You to an Enchanted Artificial Arboretum
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Restroom-Obsessed Eateries
Restroom-Obsessed Eateries
Modern Toilet Restaurant Features Lavatory-Themed Seats & Plates
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Forest Canopy Eateries
Forest Canopy Eateries
Koichi Takada Architects' TREE Restaurant is Like the Hometree in 'Avatar'
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Artist-Imprinted Meals
Artist-Imprinted Meals
The Andy Warhol Cafe Serves Delicious and Asthitically Pleasing Food
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Minimalist Curvilinear Cafes
Minimalist Curvilinear Cafes
Nana’s Green Tea by Kamitopen Design Embodies Tranquility
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Glass Restaurants
Glass Restaurants
Nomiya Opens on the Roof of Palais de Tokyo
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Candied Confection Laboratories
Candied Confection Laboratories
The Yusuke Seki Papabubble Candy Shop is Scientifically Sweet
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Loopy Lumber Interiors
Loopy Lumber Interiors
The Nautilus Project is Organically Sophisticated and Elegant
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Sloping Rooftop Cafes
Sloping Rooftop Cafes
Cafe la Miell is One Slippery Coffee Spot
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Secret Sushi Bars
Secret Sushi Bars
Uo Japanese Restaurant Can't Be Seen From the Street
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Bamboo-Separated Dining
Bamboo-Separated Dining
HAMA Restaurant Features Traditional Japanese House Aesthetic
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Undead Eateries
Undead Eateries
The Vampire Cafe is a Twihard's Dream Come True (UPDATE)
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Cartoon Cat Cuisine
Cartoon Cat Cuisine
The Hello Kitty Dreams Restaurant Opens in Beijing
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Sustainable Noodle Huts
Sustainable Noodle Huts
The Japanese Noodle Restaurant is an Eco Architectural Stunner
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Dripping Chocolate Ceilings
Dripping Chocolate Ceilings
The Godiva Chocoiste is a Chocoholic's Paradise
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Culture-Merging Restaurants
Culture-Merging Restaurants
Sous les Cerisiers by Ralston & Bau Merges Opera and Geisha Themes
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Woven Wood Ceilings
Woven Wood Ceilings
The Ikibana Restaurant by El Equipo Creativo is Whimsical and Warm
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Latticed Lumber Bistros
Latticed Lumber Bistros
The Niseko Look Out Cafe Provides a Compelling View Inside
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Hello Kitty Restaurants
Hello Kitty Restaurants
Makittii Hawaii Japanese Seafood Buffet is One Cutesy Eatery
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Plywood Furnished Eateries
Plywood Furnished Eateries
Hjghers Kith Cafe Focuses on Simpler Things Such as Company
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Secret Rooftop Bars
Secret Rooftop Bars
Roku Nana is Tokyo Nightlife's Hidden Gem
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Igloo Eateries
Igloo Eateries
The Hoto Fudo Noodle Restaurant in Japan
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Eroticized Coffee Shops
Eroticized Coffee Shops
The Maid Cafe Caters to Otaku in New York City
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Contemporary Fashion Cafes
Contemporary Fashion Cafes
The Maison Kitsune Tokyo Store is an Intergrated Model
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Arabesque Shadow Interiors
Arabesque Shadow Interiors
Vegas Beijing Noodle No. 9 Provides a Surreal Dining Environment
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Latticed Restaurants
Latticed Restaurants
Tori-Tori Restaurant by Rojkind Arquitectos & Esrawe Studio in Mexico
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Mystery Meal Cafes
Mystery Meal Cafes
Japan's Ogori Cafe is a Surprise Every Time
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Opulent Eating
Opulent Eating
Luxury Fashion Brand Opens Gucci Cafe in Tokyo
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Faux Candy Bar Shops
Faux Candy Bar Shops
The 100 Percent Chocolate Cafe Will Make Your Mouth Water
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Trippy Fairy-Tale Restaurants
Trippy Fairy-Tale Restaurants
Alice of Magic World in Tokyo is for Discerning Disney-Loving Diners
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Shipping Container Sushi Joints
Shipping Container Sushi Joints
The SushiBOX Restaraunt is an Eatery That Knows How to Pack it In
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