Phew, this is the last part of my adventure report…SHOPPING!
You might be surprised, but this was actually my first time ever shopping for Sylvanian Families in Japan! I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was!!
Before I start mumbling about SF shopping destinations in Tokyo, I have to let you know that although Epoch set aside whole a lot of free time for me to roam around Tokyo, my craft addiction just had to be satisfied, and I ended up spending much of my free time adding things to my diorama. So I only had time to visit 3 SF locations out of 5 which are located around Tokyo. Forgive me! I just had to craft!! >.<
The first SF location I visited was Sylvanian Kitchen at Lala port Tokyo-Bay location in Chiba prefecture, which is a neighboring state of Tokyo. Although it is in Chiba, it was about 30 min train ride from Tokyo. Tokyo Disney land was actually along the way to this restaurant, and I could see it right in front of me from the train. (Of course, I had zero interest in Disneyland… I really only cared about Sylvanian Families…true story. lol)
This is the front view of the restaurant. The chef chocolate rabbit welcomes you warmly. I also spotted a chocolate rabbit boy waving at me on the balcony.
A part of this restaurant is a SF shop, and you can find SF items from around the world, including many discontinued items. You can just go to the shop part of this place without eating here, if you don’t have the time.
This is the main menu. You choose one main menu, and sides and drinks are buffet style at these restaurants. The quality of food was pretty good, I thought! I found all the food kids love to eat, too! I was told that this restaurant gets pretty crowded during the day with families with kids, and becomes less crowded at night. In Japan, most restaurants have a life-size, plastic display, of what the food will look like after you order it, to help customers decide what they want to order. I wanted to explain what you’re looking at in the picture below, in case you were unaware of that. 😀
The drink bar had super cute writings on the buttons..for example, for the oolong tea, it says “even bears are drinking it,” and for orange juice, it says, “Fielding Mouse girl loves it.”
This is a picture of the inside of the restaurant. This location in particular is geared towards little kids, and the spaces between tables are pretty wide, allowing little kids to walk around rather freely. From the little house with a TV on the wall, chocolate rabbit girl will come out to do meet and greet at set times.
Cute high chair!!
Throughout the shop area and eating area, there are lots and lots of SF decorations!
Sylvanian Families Shop/Master Piece at Venus Fort Mall is one of the two SF shop locations in Tokyo. It is only one train station away (or about 25 min walk) from Tokyo Big Sight, where the Toy Show is usually held every year. They sell SF items from around the world just like at the Sylvanian Kitchens.
I got some SF goodies! I’m saving these for a giveaway I want to do sometime in the future. 😉
The special thing about the SF shops (not Sylvanian Kitechens) is that they have stamp cards for your purchases, and when you have enough points, you can get “Momoiro (Peach color) rabbits.” These rabbits are only obtainable this way, and probably one of the hardest and most expensive Sylvanians to collect. I got this little girl only because I was super shopaholic, and also this particular location was doing the limited time “rainy day point boosts” (yes, it was raining when I went.)
This Sylvanian Kitchen at Yokohama World Porters is a bit away from Tokyo, about 45 min train ride. It is in a very urban but beautiful location by the ocean.
The size of this restaurant is about the same as the Lala Port location, but I was told that this location is designed more toward teenagers and young adults. It did have a bit more hip feel to the inside decor, I think. The menu is exactly the same as Lala port location.
If you’re lucky, chocolate rabbit will meet and greet with you here as well.
This is what the shop area looks like.
Cute SF decorations everywhere!
All locations have SF capsule toy clank machines. The prices vary on the type of machine, but they’re usually 200 yen or 300 yen each try. You get one capsule per try, and they have miniature SF items. (A miniature of miniatures! Hahaha)
Sylvanian Kitchens sell exclusive “Chef & Waitress” doll sets.
It’s also good to note that every SF related store carry different items as far as their inventory is concerned. I shopped A LOT at each location because I kept finding things I didn’t see in other locations…