Animal cafes are popular in Japan, and Tokyo offers a myriad of options ranging from well-known cat cafes to the places with more exotic animals. People visit such cafes for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, being unable to keep a pet due to apartment rules, a lack of time to care for a living being, etc. In this article, we will look at some of the most popular animal cafes in Tokyo.
If you have a pet and would like to rent a property in Japan, the following article might be helpful: “Renting Property with a Pet in Japan."
Cat Mocha is a popular cat cafe that has many locations throughout Tokyo and other cities including Saitama-shi, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe. MOCHA Harajuku/takeshita street cafe can be especially recommended due to its colorful interior and proximity to Harajuku station. If your schedule allows, it can be advised to visit the cafe during one of the dining times for cats which is 10:30 am and 7:30 pm. Cat treats are also available for JPY 550. Please check their website for more information on prices, available cats, etc.
This is a rather unique cat cafe that specializes in short-legged breeds. It is located a 2-min walk from the nearby Shakujii-koen Station. If you visit their website (in Japanese), you can find out more about the cafe's cats.
If you have wondered what a magical cat forest would look like, Temari no Ouchi should be definitely on your list of places to explore. Visiting the cafe during the dining time for cats (between 6 and 7 pm) is a fun experience. Temari no Ouchi can also be reserved for a party. Kichijoji Station is only a 5-minute, making the cafe easily accessible.
Unlike the previously mentioned cafes, Asakusa Nekoen offers an opportunity to interact with abandoned cats. The cafe is a fantastic place to meet various cats and possibly adopt one of them.
Micro Tea Cup Cafe is a perfect place to spend time with a company of Teacup Poodles and Mameshiba dogs. It is located just a 3-minute walk from Akihabara station.
This cafe not only allows you to interact with dogs indoors, but it is also possible rent one to walk. The cafe also offers an opportunity to meet otters and meerkats.
Hedgehog Cafe Hurry is a popular cafe with a number of stores located in Harajuku, and one store in Yokohama. At their Harajuku Terrace location, you can meet cute hedgehogs, as well as chinchillas, rabbits, and even otters! While the cafe does not serve meals, you can bring your own food and even a drink, except for alcohol.
This cafe features 40 owls and is just a 3-minute walk from Akihabara station. You would need to make a reservation to visit the cafe.
What makes this place stand out is the fact that its not only an owl cafe, but also a bar where you can enjoy having a drink. While its Harajuku location in Central Tokyo is probably the easiest to access, it also has one more store in Kichijoji.
This is a unique cafe where you can spend time in a company of micro pigs. The cafe also has locations in Meguro, AEON Lake Town, and Osaka.
Tokyo Snake Center is located just a 5-minute walk from Harajuku station, and it is the first cafe dedicated to snakes in Japan. The snakes there are not poisonous making it both an exciting and safe place to visit.
If you would like to meet otters, this cafe should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Tokyo. There are also sugar gliders and hedgehogs there.
The last entry on our list is a rabbit cafe in Akihabara. When visiting the cafe, you can choose 30 minutes or 1 hour course. Please visit their website for more information on fees and how to interact with bunnies.
We have covered some of the most popular animal cafes in Tokyo. Whether you like cats, dogs, owls, or would prefer a company of snakes, the sheer variety of animal cafes in Tokyo, make possible to find a place to enjoy for everyone. It is advisable to check the website of the cafe you intend to visit for more information on fees, business hours, etc. If you would like to adopt a pet from one of the animal shelters, please check our article about "Animal Shelters and Nonprofit Organizations around Tokyo." Tokyo is also home to a great variety of museums, amusement parks, as well as zoos and aquariums.
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