Cafe Plataku (カフェ プラたく): Plarail Cafe with Diorama in Tokyo

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In a typical Japanese neighbourhood of Takasago, for Plarail lovers, Cafe Plataku (カフェ プラたく) is pretty much a dream coming to life. With many themed cafes in Japan, it was only a matter of time for someone to come up with a Plarail cafe, and Cafe Plataku does it really well.

Diorama

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This is the first sight that you will see when entering Cafe Plataku.

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The towering diorama sits near the entrance alongside some dining tables, along with a Tokyo Skytree model.

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The diorama even extends around the roof of the cafe with clear acrylic bases for a good view of the passing trains.

Plarail Display

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Rare trains are also on display, not running on the diorama.

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Other trains are also displayed on the walls around.

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Various Tobu Railway Plarail on display.

Monorails

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Cafe Plataku has a nice collection of rare Plarail monorails too. Here’s the Tokyo Monorail 10000 series.

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A green Disney Resort Line Monorail.

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A paper model of the cab car of the Tama Toshi Monorail.

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The Shonan Monorail, the first suspended monorail in Japan.

Outside of Japan

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Cafe Plataku has a nice collection of non-Japanese Plarail too, which is considered to be rare in Japan as they are not allowed to be sold there despite being a Japanese brand. Here’s the rare Bangkok BTS Siemens Modular Metro.

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A Hong Kong MTR M-Train.

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A Taiwan Puyuma Express TEMU2000.

Children’s Play Area

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For kids, there is a separate play area for, you guessed it, Plarail.

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The actual toys in use are of a mix of brands though.

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A local kid playing with wooden block trains.

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Parts also come from various sources such as Daiso.

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The play area is by the rare trains display, but I guess Japanese kids don’t crash into structures unlike every other non-Japanese kid in the world.

Toilet

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Not many would say this of a dining establishment, but you could say that the toilet is the highlight of Cafe Plataku.

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A long forgotten series of Plarail, the Plarail Hikarian Railroad was a short-lived anime which ran in 1997 and ceased shortly after. These were the first generation of convertible Plarail models into characters.

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Plarail Advance can also be seen at the side while you do your business.

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Some normal Shinkansen models can be seen on top, with a strange chrome 200 series 6-car train which I’ve not seen before.

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The sink isn’t spared from the Plarail displays too.

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Modern Plarail models skirt around the sink pipes, cleverly covering it.

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Progressing generations of commuter trains are above the mirror.

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An article of Cafe Plataku in a railway magazine.

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The owner has also provided a map of attractions and other food options in the vicinity.

Food

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Time to head to a table to dine in the cafe, since it does function as a food establishment after all.

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A sweet blue Plarail drink which I ordered by pointing to the picture on the menu (and the プラレール word helped).

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A tomato-based spaghetti which tastes sweet too.

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My meal at Cafe Plataku with a side of second-hand coaches.

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For dessert, I ordered the Keikyu special of milk ice cream with chocolate and sweet slices.

Plarail Sales

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For all Plarail fans, one of they key pillars of the hobby is to spend money on trains, and Cafe Plataku provides this (painful) experience as well.

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There is regular Plarail hung on the wall like a normal shop.

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Below it, there are tubs of used Plarail trains and parts which you can pick up for a much cheaper price.

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Hung on the wall shelf are more expensive Plarail based on quality or rarity for non-kid collectors.

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Some come without boxes, and their value may have appreciated or depreciated, depending on how rare they are.

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Needless to say, the Eurostar costs more than other trains.

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An out-of-production Narita Express 253 series and the Yamanote Line 205 series also fetch a higher price than the Keihin-Tohoku Line 205 series without the box.

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The rare Keihin-Tohoku Line 209 series fetches a very dear price of ¥8,800.

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A chrome Yamanote Line 205 series with no price tag. I didn’t ask for the price though, but it’s probably just for display considering the rarity.

Tomica Sales

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A small selection of used Tomica is also available.

Cafe Plataku-made Items

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Cafe Plataku has also made some Plarail keychains with actual Plarail Advance or Plarail McDonald’s Happy Meal train cars. In-house paper models of elevated stations are also available for sale.

Cashier

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Once done with your meal and shopping, head to the cashier for payment. Cafe Plataku accepts cash only.

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The rare Plarail Evolta Battery Railway 99 Series sits on top of the cashier viaducts.

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If that Plarail experience still isn’t enough, Cafe Plataku offers Capsule Plarail Gashapon outside the cafe too, in case you would like a last Plarail purchase.

Cafe Plataku is a must-visit for every Plarail lover if one comes to Tokyo, or for anyone with kids as they will be able to entertain themselves while waiting for kid-friendly food. If you are a Plarail collector though, do come with a budget in mind or you might find yourself buying a whole shelf of trains on your visit.

Address: 3-chōme-8-16 Takasago, Katsushika City, Tōkyō-to 125-0054, Japan
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/FC8Xu7S4CALThRYq8

Operating Hours:
Thursday – Tuesday
10.00am – 6.00pm
Closed on Wednesdays

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