Japan’s “animal cafes” are world-famous. But what kind of cafes are there? What are the rules? For those interested in animal cafes, this time we would like to show you an owl cafe, a hedgehog cafe, and the classic: a cat cafe!
Quietly observing mysterious creatures
“Akiba Owl Owl Cafe Tokyo” is one of Tokyo’s bird cafes where you can interact with more than 40 owls.
Although the owl cafe is called “cafe”, no drinks or meals are served. It’s a space where quiet classical music is playing and the motto is “owls always come first.
The highlight of the owl experience at the cafe is having an owl sit on your arm or shoulder. You may choose two owls.
The cafe owner, a former wedding photographer, takes a photo of each visitor for free because he wants everyone to leave with only good memories of his owls. What a nice idea!
Owl Cafe Tokyo – Akiba Fukurou
Google Maps: https://g.page/akibafukurou?share
Nearest stations: Akihabara Station, Suehirocho Station
Can you make friends with the piercing hedgehogs?
In a quiet backstreet of Iidabashi, you’ll find a unique building with a tiny bar on the 1st and a hedgehog café on the 2nd level. At the café, you can’t stroke the hedgehogs because of their spines, but you can hold them gently with both hands.
So why did the cafe owner start this hedgehog cafe? The reason was an unexpected encounter with a hedgehog. One day, the owner saw a small animal in a parking lot outside and thought it was a mouse. But when she looked closely, it turned out that it wasn’t a mouse, it was a hedgehog!
Hedgehogs aren’t domestic animals in Japan. Therefore, chances are high that the hedgehog in the parking lot was an abandoned or escaped pet.
Now, the café owner is so much in love with hedgehogs that she even has become a breeder. Her mission is to teach guests everything they should know before getting a hedgehog as a pet.
animalcafe&bar Harinezumiya POTTA
2F, 1-11-4 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://g.page/animalcafepotta?share
Would you like to be surrounded by cute cats?
Cat cafes are booming in Japan. A cat café is a place where you can watch cats, give them treats, or play with them.
Of course, there are some rules. They ensure the felines don’t get stressed by human visitors. Hugging them is prohibited, and some cats don’t like to be touched or petted. It’s crucial that both sides, cats and humans, have a relaxing time while respecting each other.
The highlight of the cat cafe is “meal time” twice a day. Seeing the cats lined up in a row enjoying their meal is too cute.
Cat Cafe MOCHA Akihabara
Akihabara SIL Building 2nd floor, 4-4-3 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/9sJ6AxDPTFDbckZ77
Nearest station: Akihabara Station, Suehirocho Station