Living inside of the Tokyo Tower is the first One Piece theme park, Tokyo One Piece Tower (東京ワンピースタワー). I like/watch One Piece but never visited before so I decided to pop in with Max and Victor to check out the attractions as well as try one of their themed cafe’s, Cafe Mugiwara. It was more fun than I anticipated (maybe because Max is such a HUUUGE One Piece fan so he was so excited about everything) and the food at the cafe was way better than I expected (usually themed cafe food is pretty mediocre).
Details and photos after the jump!
Would I say I’m a One Piece fan? Maybe. For those of you who aren’t familiar with One Piece, it is one of the most popular manga and anime series in Japan of all time. The manga has been running in Weekly Shonen Jump (週刊少年ジャンプ) for 20 years while the anime has been running 18 years. I do like One Piece and I have actually watched 18 years worth of the anime (yes, I’m even caught up on the most recent episode) but I definitely do not consider myself a die hard fan.
Tokyo One Piece Tower has been open for a while but I just never bothered to go. Max is a HUGE One Piece fan and recommended we go and I agreed (with a lack of enthusiasm). I decided it would be fun to make a video for it since a lot of people requested I do themed cafes – not something I was particularly interested in originally because most themed cafe food is mediocre and also pricey. I do, however, have an obsession with the Tokyo Tower for some reason (the outside, not the inside) so it was a little more incentive to go.
First stop was: CAFE MUGIWARA
Cafe Mugiwara is a One Piece library themed cafe inside of the Tokyo Tower. It’s very simple and had some cute decor that was One Piece related (wasn’t completely over the top) and had manga all over the place that you could grab and read, which was really fun. All of the food, of course, was One Piece themed. We tried several things and while the drinks were so-so, the food was actually good. My favorites were the Chopper Very Berry Pancakes (so fluffy) and the Brooke’s Black Spicy Curry Bun Sandwich (which was egg salad sandwiched between 2 curry pan – freaking delicious). I would definitely go back and try more items!
After eating, we headed to the main attraction, TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER.
This theme park exceeded my expectations. It’s several levels of attractions/games (and some food). The use of space was smart and, in true Japanese style, there was so much detail in every little thing. There was a Sogeking game where you used slingshots to hit Marines, a game where you had a sword like Zoro and slashed through things, a really cool fun-house type walkthrough of the story, Nami’s gambling house, etc. One of the coolest things (that we weren’t allowed to film) was the entrance of Tokyo One Piece Tower which is a 360 degree screen that shows a huge variety of different, important scenes from the manga. It sounds sort of boring but it was done in a really dynamic manner. Even just walking around, there were lots of spots for photo opps and so many things were interactive on the walls and such (so you can touch and climb on things which is soooo fun). I had a TON of fun and recommend it even if you are only remotely interested in One Piece.
On a separate note, I went here in November but I used a photo from Halloween in the thumbnail from when I cosplayed Nami in a Ninja x One Piece mashup. Max dressed up as Ninja Luffy and Jenny dressed up as Ninja Robin.
And I swear I’m not a fanatic…