We’ve been hearing about this collaboration cafe for a long time and we’re lucky that it coincides with our trip. Touken Ranbu is a popular game in Japan. Despite not having an English version, it has a fanbase around the globe. Here’s how you can reserve and what to expect when you visit.
How to Book a Seat Reservation
Advanced reservations for the Touken Ranbu 2.5D Cafe are done through eplus.jp (you need to make an account), but if you don’t want to go through all that trouble, you can wait for vacant seats. Their official Twitter account posts announcements every day, so better check which schedule isn’t a full house. A triangle means seats are almost full, while the two circles mean there aren’t many people who booked. You need to be at the entrance by 11 A.M. if you want to buy same-day tickets, though.
What’s the difference between an advanced reservation and a same-day ticket?
- Seating. Advanced reservations let you sit with your friends, while same-day tickets are random. If you’re alone, this wouldn’t be a problem. If you’re going with a friend, however, you might end up separated. There should be four people per table—no more, no less. They keep track of your orders through your table number, so please don’t leave your place.
- Schedule. The schedule you’ll get depends on the cafe’s availability. For example, the schedule you want may only have one seat left. If you weren’t first in line, you may get the later ones. Of course, it’ll be a waste of time unless you have other agendas that day at Harajuku.
- Pre-ordered food. The 2k yen reservation fee includes a lunch box meal (you’ll specify this during reservation) with a choice of meat or fish and a choice of drink with free random coaster (which you’ll order when you get to the cafe). Same-day ticket holders can’t order any lunch box meal since the cafe gets it somewhere else, thus the need for reservations. They only make the desserts and drinks in-house.
- Payment. Having an advanced reservation means you can walk out without paying anything, unless you had additional orders. The cafe doesn’t accept credit card payments, so it’s best to set a budget beforehand.
How to Get There
It’s best to take the Tokyo Metro subway because 2.5D Cafe is literally beside Meijijingu-mae Station. Once you get out of the station, turn right and you’ll see it immediately.
Entering the Cafe
A staff will be at the entrance to check your ticket. For advanced reservations, you have to print it at any 7-Eleven branch. You need to be at the cafe 10 minutes before your schedule. They allow latecomers, but they won’t allow you to enter if you arrive 20 minutes after your schedule.
Once they cut the other half of your ticket, you’ll need to remove your footwear and place it inside a locker. Go up and present your ticket again, so they can give your lunch box set. Your time at the cafe is limited, about an hour and 15 minutes. There’s a 15-minute interval per schedule since the staff need to clean the area for the next batch of customers.
There will be two scrolls on the table, one for the drinks and one for the desserts. The PDF version of the menu is available on their site, so you can have someone read it before visiting. Drinks are 680 yen each. The prices of the desserts aren’t written in numbers, so please refer to this table to know their price.
If I remember correctly, the fish lunch box set has shrimp, so you need to be cautious if you have an allergy to it like me. I ordered the meat lunch box set, but most of its contents are fish cake lol. The meals are—as what the two girls in front of us said—normal. Nothing extraordinary, but their drinks and desserts are soooo good.
I ordered the popcorn latte and got a Mikazuki Munechika (Kuroba Mario ver.) coaster. My friend got Taikogane Sadamune (Hashimoto Shouhei), so we exchanged. ww
You’re free to roam around the cafe and take pictures, except the kitchen area. The cafe is enclosed, which can make you a bit claustrophobic since there are no open windows. It gets noisy as well, especially when your schedule is around lunch time.
The shop on the first floor sells many goods, such as acrylic keychains, ponytails, toothbrush, bromides, and CDs. If there’s not much crowd, you can enter the shop area even if you don’t have a reservation at the cafe.
The Touken Ranbu 2.5D Cafe will be until summer of this year. If we use the reservation site as a basis, you have until
June 31st. (EDIT: I received an e-mail from e+ that it’s until August 31st). So far, I haven’t seen announcements of what 2.5D stage they’ll feature next, but I bet it’ll be as awesome as this one.