Hello Kitty and Sanrio fans out there, this is definitely interesting for you, so keep reading!
I’m sure that some of you have heard of Himeji in Hyogo Prefecture (map). After all it houses one of the most beautiful Japanese castles. It was also shooting location for “The Last Samurai”. It can be easily done as a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, so if you ever decide to go to Himeji, you should also drop by “Cafe de Miki”!
Where to find the Hello Kitty Cafe in Himeji
The cafe can be found very easily. It’s actually on the way from JR Himeji Station to the castle.
Just don’t walk on the main road, but instead through the small shopping arcade right of the main road. You won’t miss it.
I’ve been to Himeji several times and so I’ve also been to this cafe many times. I’m not a huge Hello Kitty fan, but yet I really enjoyed it.
The Interior of “Cafe de Miki”
As you can see they put a lot of effort into the details. The interior is mainly pink, of course. And Hello Kitty fans won’t be disappointed as you’ll find Kitty-chan almost in each and every corner.
The cafe is called “Café de Miki”, but from the name alone one can’t tell it’s all about Hello Kitty. So, they usually display it as “Café de Miki with Hello Kitty”. ;)
While you can also sit down in the first floor, I recommend checking out the second floor.
The second floor looks like this. Apart from the carpet it’s very cute and, of course, pink as well.
Pretty much everything they use there is in “Hello Kitty form” – even the soap dispenser on the toilet, for example.
And it’s a non-smoking cafe! ^__^
The adorable sign on the right photo says “Hello Kitty doesn’t like tobacco”. Aww.
The Menu And What to Purchase at Cafe de Miki
Downstairs right next to the entrance you can place your order. They have also a few take-out items.
Apart from food you can purchase some accessories and merchandising.
Cute Kitty-chan cups, anyone?
Here’s the menu to give you a rough idea of what to expect.
As I went various times, I had a chance to try many different things.
All the different coffee drinks you can get there are decorated with an adorable Hello Kitty face.
The Hello Kitty strawberry daifuku is almost too cute to eat, but very delicious. I recommend trying that one, although it looks horrible once you’ve taken a bite. Poor Kitty-chan. *g*
Is Visiting the Hello Kitty Cafe in Himeji Worth It?
I’d say if you like theme cafés, cute things and / or Hello Kitty, then definitely, yes!
The atmosphere, interior and menu are lovely and prices are also reasonable. On top of that it’s always been quite empty when I visited, so you don’t have to fear crowds or worry that you have to line up for hours. ;)
By the way, there’s one more “Cafe de Miki” featuring Hello Kitty in Japan and that one is in Tokyo. I’ve never been there, but I’m sure it’s equally adorable.