There is a new Pokémon Cafe that opened in March 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. This unlike the previous Pokémon cafe, is a permanent cafe located in Nihonbashi area and is not a pop-up cafe. If you are traveling to Tokyo and also a Pokémon fan, this is a pilgrimage you must make. However, the cafe is not available for walk-in. Follow our guide here on how to get a reservation. For a review of the cafe, read about our experience here.
Getting a reservation
Pokémon cafe is still very popular having open just recently. Booking can only be done via their website and not possible via phone or other methods. Also the website is available only in Japanese. But fret not, here is our guide to make the reservation.
Step 1. Visit the reservation site.
The reservation site is at https://reserve.pokemon-cafe.jp.
Press the button indicated below to start your reservation.
2. Select number of guests
Tip: Reservation is only for max of 4 guests. If you have a party of more than 4, simply book multiple slots. However do note the reservation is tagged to a certain timing and each timing has limited slots, so be sure you make the reservation in quick succession.
3. Select a date
Once you have selected the number of guests, a calendar will pop out below.
The dates that are greyed out means it is full (red box) or the date is not yet open for reservation. You can only select those that are white in color (green box).
Tip: You can only reserve up to a month in advance. Seats are rather limited and can be full fairly quickly. To be the earliest, at 6pm Tokyo time, a month before the date you wish to reserve, visit the reservation site and you will be one of the first to access the booking for the date.
4. Choose a timing
5. Enter your details
This is likely the hardest part for non-Japanese speaker. Basically, you have to enter 1) your name, 2) your phonetic name in ‘hiragana’ (a type of Japanese writing), 3) your contact number and 4) your email.
A sample of filled details:
The mobile number enter should be a Japanese number but you may enter your own country number. The form checks for 10 number characters, so you might want to ensure you enter only 10 number. Alternatively, you can use the number of the hotel you will be staying in. For the 2) phonetic name, just head to http://japanesetransliteration.com, type in your first name and copy and pasted the hiragana into the field.
6. Optional purchase and confirmation
At the next page you can opt in to buy some of the merchandise.
You will need to prepay using your credit card. Click next to continue.
Finally at the confirmation page, click the button above to confirm your reservation.
You are finally done! You should be receiving a confirmation email about your booking.
To be continue…
Read our next post for a review of Pokémon Cafe.
Details of Pokémon Cafe @ Tokyo
Address:〒103 – 0027 Nihonbashi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 11-2
Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. East Building 5F
Phone number 03-6262-3439
■ Inquiries concerning reservation
Reception hours: Monday – Friday (excluding weekends and holidays) 11: 00-19: 00
Phone number: 03-6277-5102
Business hours: 10: 30 ~ 22: 00
Last order: for Food | 21: 00 and Drinks | 21: 30