Gundam Café Tokyo Brand Core in Akihabara
Photo: Bandai SpiritsGundam Café Tokyo Brand Core in Akihabara

All Gundam cafés in Japan will be closing for good by early 2022

The café at Gundam Factory Yokohama will be the last to go – it remains open until the end of March 2022

Tabea Greuner
Written by
Tabea Greuner

Shocking news for all Gundam fans: after over two decades since the first Gundam Café opened its doors in otaku mecca Akihabara, the four permanent official Gundam cafés across Japan are scheduled to close forever in January 2022.

While the Gundam Square café in Osaka will end its run on January 10, the original Gundam Café in Akihabara, the outlet in Odaiba right next to the massive Unicorn Gundam statue, and the Fukuoka branch will close their doors for the last time on January 30. There’s no mention of the Unicorn Gundam statue itself, so we’re betting that will stay put. 

However, in addition to those four outlets, there’s a temporary Gundam Café at the Gundam Factory Yokohama. The good news is you’ll still have a chance to enjoy a roster of Gundam-themed food items – and the 18-metre-tall moving mecha there  until the end of March 2022. Note that you’ll need a ticket to the Gundam Factory in order to enter the café. 

Even though the cafés may be gone for good, the company’s official announcement told fans to look forward to the brand’s next project. Fingers crossed for a Gundam comeback soon.

More from Time Out Tokyo

See beautiful cherry blossoms in February on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka

Netflix docuseries Midnight Asia celebrates Tokyo nightlife with 85-year-old DJ Sumirock

There's a frozen icicle forest just outside of Tokyo – and it's lit up at night

The Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku is closing for three years from April 2022

A Toy Story hotel is opening at Tokyo Disneyland next April

Want to be the first to know what’s cool in Tokyo? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates from Tokyo and Japan.

You may also like
You may also like