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Cafe Floresta - Shima Grand Hotel Japan - Bumble Bee Mum

When you think of a Hello Kitty themed cafe in Japan, you probably imagine one in a city like Tokyo or Osaka.  But oh well, Japanese are never known to be conventional.  Nestled in a small onsen town, Shima Onsen, in the Gunma Prefecture is Cafe Floresta –  A Hello Kitty themed cafe.

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Cafe Floresta is located in the lobby of Shima Grand Hotel.  It is no coincidence that Shima Grand Hotel is also the location of Japan’s first Hello Kitty themed onsen.

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You do not need to be a guest of Shima Grand Hotel to visit Cafe Floresta.  Cafe Floresta has two entrances, one of which faces outside the hotel.

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The other entrance is at the lobby of the hotel.

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Regardless of which way you enter Cafe Floresta by, you will soon find yourself by Hello Kitty cuteness!

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You can check out the menu at the entrance.  The themed food look so enticing! I super LOVE themed food.

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We had booked a stay package at Shima Grand Hotel which came with 2 x 500 yen Cafe Floresta vouchers.

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Our initial plan was pretty straightfoward.  We would check-in at 3pm to visit Cafe Floresta, soak in the Hello Kitty Onsen, have dinner buffet and Zzzz after that.  Next day we would have our buffet breakfast and check-out.

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But you know Murphy’s Law.  Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.  The more perfect your plan sounds, the more likely things will go awry.  With a more-difficult-than-expected hike to see snow monkeys at Jigokudani and road closure in winter, we eventually arrived at Shima Grand Hotel in the evening and Cafe Floresta was closed by then.

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So we ended up going to Cafe Floresta AFTER we had the hotel’s buffet breakfast the next day.

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Just to waste time and allow our breakfast to digest, we took our time to order our food and go around the cafe taking photos.

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I love the gorgeous Hello Kitty posters around the cafe!

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Even the pillars were not spared.

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The boys with their super sharp eyes for sounvenir stamps spotted one!

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The friendly staff dished out a stack of postcards for the boys to stamp on.

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Eventually the food arrived.  We ordered confectionery that was as light as possible.

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In case you are wondering how why I consider pancakes ‘light’, you should see what else was on their menu.

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Yup.  Pasta, soba, udon… So yes, I think those pancakes were pretty light.  But I wish I had been here for lunch instead! Those Hello Kitty onigiri were SO KAWAII!

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Oh well.. Poor planning.   If you are on a self-drive trip in Gunma Prefecture and looking for a unique cafe for lunch or tea, do pop by Cafe Floresta for a totally out-of-place experience!

INFORMATION ON SHIMA GRAND HOTEL:

Address: 〒377-0601 群馬県吾妻郡中之条町四万4228

Map: Click here for Google map location

Tel: 0279-64-2211

Map Code (what is this?): 554 063 070

Getting There:  The nearest train station is Nakanojo, from which it is a 40 minutes bus ride to Shima Onsen  (See details). The bus station for Shima Onsen is right in front of Shima Grand Hotel.

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22Comments

  1. Mandy says:

    So many Hello Kitty things in Japan. I’ve never been to Japan, but I’ve heard that they have some of the cutest places there. Your post only confirms it. I’m hoping to go one day, but in the meantime I will just admire your pictures of these places from my computer. 🙂
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  2. Ai Sakura says:

    Oh be still my Hello-Kitty-loving heart!!!! Been to so many HK cafes but never this onsen before.. so niceeeeee
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    • bumblebeemum says:

      I love the fact that it’s located in the middle of nowhere so that I don’t have to queue or be rushed by restricted timings like at other Hello Kitty Cafes in big cities! 😀

  3. Irene Soh says:

    CUTENESS overload!!! So impressed with your boys! They actually went to a Hello Kitty cafe with mama!

  4. Adeline says:

    SOOOOO CUTTEEEE! I’ve been wanting to visit Japan for the longest time ever!
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  5. Sarah Tan says:

    Thank goodness I am not crazy about Hello Kitty. If not, I think my pocket would be so empty. So cute!!

  6. Angie yeow says:

    Adore those pancakes and latte designs!! You’re really Japanese fan!

  7. Jacqualine says:

    Omg another Hello Kitty cafe!! When it comes to Japan, it has to be hello kitty. I love to look at those gotochi kitties on sale too! SO CUTE!
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  8. Gorgeous Hello Kitty cafe and those pancakes are adorable. Heard there will be a HK cafe coming up here too.
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  9. Shubhada says:

    In the land of Hello Kitty, they ought to have Hello Kitty Cafe. Coming soon in SG too. Lets see how good it will be.
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  10. Geraldine says:

    Oh my I can feel your love for Hello Kitty, is the whole hotel Hello Kitty themed? Lovely pictures and Im going to book tix to Japan soon!
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  11. Jingyi says:

    Oh my, my friend is a Hello Kitty fan and she’ll sooo die from these pictures!
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