Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Artnia, The New Square Enix Cafe and Store in Shinjuku

It wasn't that long ago I blogged about the old store that is now closed along with the One Piece Store which is new.  And now there is the new Square Enix store with a cafe to boot!  Artnia, the new store / cafe, is located very near the Higashi-Shinjuku Subway Station (東新宿駅) that is served by the Toei Ōedo Line, and also the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line.  It is still in the vicinity of Shinjuku Station, but it will be a longer walk from there.  All this was because Square Enix moved their headquarters and decided to jazz things up.  Artnia kind of looks like a big concrete slime in front of Square's new HQ located in Tokyo's Shinjuku Eastside.


Artnia Slime? CLF / Flickr (Creative Commons License)
CLF / Flickr (Creative Commons License)
Everything looks futuristic in this new location.   The underground Shinjuku Eastside Area you walk through to get to the cafe if you take the metro from Shinjuku (it is a fairly long walk otherwise) takes you through some nifty underground architecture.  You'll walk by an Ootoya, a Lawson, a coffee shop, etc., so you could have a meal here if you needed too.
At Artnia there is a very glitzy looking museum area, a gift shop, and of course the cafe. The cafe that serves sandwiches, coffee, parfaits and other desserts, pancakes, and Final Fantasy inspired cocktails or potions. I'm here to snag myself a Chocobo or another slime!  However, I will say that the shop area is not huge.  Much of the merchandise can be found at other stores like Animate or in Yodobashi Camera, but you would come here to look for exclusive merchandise (jewelry included)
Chocobo by CLF

Official website is at http://www.jp.square-enix.com/artnia/ Check the various tabs they have in the red area.

East Side Square 1F 6-27-30 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 〒 160-0022
TEL    03-6457-6714
Opening Hours    11:00 to 22:00
Closed     Thursdays
Nearest    Fukutoshin Tokyo Metro Station A3 exit directly connected "Higashi" Oedo Line
6 minutes Fukutoshin-Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, walk from Exit station E1 "Shinjukusanchome" Toei Shinjuku Line

These two stations are actually connected like many train/subway stations.  Look for the signs to exit to Shinjuku Eastside.

The location of Artnia is shown by the martini glass on the map below. Click on it to zoom in.

View Shibuya Shinjuku Harajuku in a larger map


4 comments:

  1. Thanks for this! You made it really easy for me to find my way to Artnia, very good descriptions :)

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    1. Glad I could help. When I post about something I try to make sure I can give directions too it. Can get pretty hard to find things in Tokyo.

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  2. Is the Sephiroth statue in their shop? I really wanted to get a picture with him.

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    1. No the new store is smaller and is more deluxe. I don't think many props made the change over.

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