Hello Kitty’s Kawaii Paradise is sadly now closed. There are some alternative Hello Kitty stores and cafes at the end of this post.
It seems a little unfair to class Hello Kitty’s Kawaii Paradise as a shop as I don’t think I even visited the shop part and I had a great time. It’s more like a mini indoor theme park – a pink place of madness presided over by a Hello Kitty as Venus statue (it’s in Venus Fort mall, do you see?). As well as a Hello Kitty shop, it contains a cinema, arcade and….a Pancake Party!
Yes, like most of us, Hello Kitty’s idea of paradise is as many pancakes as you can eat, preferably with your own face stamped on them, and a side order of Melon Fanta (best drink ever). She even lets her Sanrio friends in on this one – I got the plain Hello Kitty pancakes with maple syrup, but my sister got a crazy whipped cream, chocolate sauce and sprinkles affair, supposedly dreamt up by Pom Pom Purin. Kids will love this place, and so will you.
The rest of the place was a less exciting. The small shop sells lots of Hello Kitty cuteness and there’s an arcade at the back with Taiko drum and Pokemon games, air hockey and even a mini JR train you can sit in. It’s worth having a wander though, as the decorations are amazing – as well as the enormous Kitty Venus, there are fountains and flying angel bunnies and pink bows everywhere.
We didn’t check out the cinema, as I imagine it’s in Japanese and there’s also a kids play area if you need a break from yours. This is definitely one for the Hello Kitty fans, and it’s worth popping in if you’re in Odaiba (and like pancakes). I wouldn’t say it’s worth the trip in itself though.
How to get there
Hello Kitty’s Kawaii Paradise is sadly now closed. You can shop for Hello Kitty everywhere in Japan including Sanrio Gift Gate and Kiddyland. For a Hello Kitty cafe, visit Cafe de Miki in Odaiba’s Diver City mall. It’s a British themed Hello Kitty cafe with lots of kawaii meals and treats.
Last updated: 21 August 2016.