Hello Kitty Cafe in Kyoto

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明けましておめでとう! Happy New Year everyone! 2015 held many blessings for me including the chance to return to the enchanted city of Kyoto with my love. If you’ve ever visited Kyoto, you will understand why it grips my heart so. There is truly no other place in the world like it. So to be able to stroll through its historic side streets with my kimono-clad beau was an experience that I will never forget…regardless of the fact that we were bickering the whole time over misplaced directions. :/

Yes, it’s ultra touristy and some might even say inauthentic, but the Hello Kitty Saryo cafe was one of my favorite parts of our Kyoto trip. Tucked amidst a busy pedestrian path near some of the area’s most famous temples, the highly secular, super cutesy eatery might seem out of place to some, but to me, it was a perfect representation of what Japan is so very good at – taking our culture and making it desirable and accessible to all.

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The space is not large, but a wall of windows facing out onto a Japanese garden make it feel roomier. Can you spot the Hello Kitty nod in the garden?


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Each table comes with its own life-size Hello Kitty nuigurumi (stuffed animal) so that you can feel like you are actually dining with Kitty! Some of the nuigurumi looked a bit dingy though. Guess these things weather a lot of wear and tear from hugs and selfies.

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And of course everything on the menu is Kitty-themed as well. Kitty soba, Kitty matcha lattes, and even Kitty inari-san. Plus every guest leaves with a set of commemorative Hello Kitty ohashi (chopsticks).

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And let’s not forget the restroom. Kitty vessel sinks, anyone?

Hello Kitty Saryo is located at 363-22-2 Masuyacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0826, Kyoto Prefecture. If you visit, please tell Kitty I said お元気?

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