For the first time in years, the Halloween Afternoon Tea at Shikitei Cafe is not Disney themed. This year it is a more sophisticated affair with only subtle hints of Halloween and more use of Autumnal colors. Omiya Rikyu is a wedding venue, so the building and gardens are beautifully kept. The Shikitei Cafe is a cafe and restaurant within the venue. It is open all year round, not just when there is a wedding on. The cafe restaurant has a nice, open front, view of the garden.
Seasonal Afternoon Tea
Their Halloween Afternoon Tea is probably their most famous, but they do offer seasonal afternoon tea throughout the year. However, their Halloween (and summer) afternoon tea period is longer than the other seasonal ones they put on. Earlier in the year I shared information for their summer Afternoon Tea, a lagoon themed princess afternoon tea which looked good enough to dive into! I have not tried the summer afternoon tea myself. But I have been sharing information for their Halloween High Tea for years. It used to be on the “events calendar”, a section of the blog that was removed last year. So this year I have moved it to the main blog.
In 2021 you had to book in advance for the Halloween version. There is currently no note to that effect for 2022, but as this is a really popular event I recommend that you do indeed book in advance. During the pandemic they introduced a take out option for their afternoon teas. That option is currently still available. It is also best to book that in advance too.
The Halloween Autumn Afternoon Tea at Cafe Shikitei uses autumn flavors such as sweet potatoes, chestnuts and pumpkins. There are also, of course, sweet flavors such as chocolate, strawberry and apple.
The 3 tier tea stand has various mini desserts, such as Mont Blanc, tarts, muffins and macarons. Each of a different flavor, such as chocolate, strawberries and hazelnuts. Rather than scones, the Halloween Afternoon tea comes with mini bagels, plus the usual savory hors d’oeuvres. In 2022, they include Pumpkin pie and a salmon salad. In addition, the afternoon tea is accompanied with all you can drink (in 90 minutes) coffee or tea.
All images on this event share post are from the official website.
Adult: 3,391 yen before tax. If you want to sit in the sofa area of the restaurant the price goes up – 3739 yen per adult!
Dates and Times
The Halloween version starts on Monday September 26th and will run until Wednesday November 30th. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. On weekdays the afternoon tea is offered between the hours of 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm. It starts from 2 pm on weekends.
Like with all and everything during the pandemic, it is subject to change, so please do always check with the official website for the most up to date information. I try my best to update all events in real time, but it is not always possible.
You can already book on the official website.
The restaurant is a nine minute walk from Toro Station on the JR Tohoku line. It takes 14 minute on foot from Kamonomiya Station on the New Urban Transit New Shuttle line. You can also get a shuttle bus from Omiya station west exit (behind Sonic City), on weekdays it says bound for Spa-Herbs on it.
There is parking available. It is located in front of the Kita Omiya Housing stage site.
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