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Cafe Floresta – Hello Kitty Themed Cafe @ Gunma, Japan

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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Official Websites: Homepage

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