Cat cafés are very famous in Tokyo, and have even spread all over the world recently—Austria, Finland, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand all have their own cat cafés now. However, Japan has taken this concept even further by establishing cafeterias with all sorts of animals, from rabbits to owls. These are some of the most interesting you will find across the country!
Temari no Ouchi [Tokyo Prefecture]
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[/caption]We will start with the average cat café, except this one isn’t really that average. The Ghibli-looking decor alone sets it apart from other similar eateries. Moreover, there are no cages anywhere in sight; cats are free to roam around the bistro. The menu includes a vast selection of soft drinks, cocktails and desserts.
2-13-14 Kichijoji Honcho 3F, Musashino, Tokyo 180-0004Access:
By subway: get on the Chuo Main Line to Kichijoji. The café is a 3-minute walk from the station.Recommended period:
Cover charge is cheaper on weekdays after 7pm (700 yen).Contact:
Temari no OuchiWithin Japan: 0422-23-5503
Sakuragaoka Goat Café [Tokyo Prefecture]
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[/caption]Located in the heart of Shibuya, this is a one of a kind animal café. A pair of cute goats greet guests coming to have lunch at Sakuragaoka. The goats live in a pen outside the building, although they go on daily walks and are put to bed indoors at 4am every day. The Italian-inspired menu includes gnocchi, pizza, pasta and a lot of cheese, along with a variety of alcoholic beverages.
1F Sakuragaokacho 23-3, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0031Access:
By subway: get on the Ginza, Tokyu-Toyoko, Fukutoshin or Hanzomon lines and get off at Shibuya. The café is a 4-minute walk south of the station.Recommended period:
Any day of the year before 41m (Sundays before 12am).Contact:
Sakuragaokacho CaféWithin Japan: 03-5728-3242
Dog Heart from Aquamarine [Tokyo Prefecture]
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[/caption]" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>If you’re more of a dog person, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Tokyo. Dog Heart will let you play with dozens of pups on one of its many cushions, or even rent your own dog for an hour! These cute toy poodles and beagles (plus one golden retriever) love having guests over, and they are guaranteed to cheer up even the darkest of souls. The entrance fee starts at 950 yen for a 30-minute stay or 3600 for an hour long walk outside.
Tomigaya 1-45-2, Y's Park Bldg 2F., TokyoAccess:
By subway: take the Chiyoda Line to Yoyogi, exit number 2. The café is just 2 minutes from there.Recommended period:
Any day 11am-7pm.Contact:
Dog Heart from Aquamarine (Tokyo Yoyogi-Koen)Within Japan: 03-3469-4115
Yokohama Subtropical Teahouse Reptile Café [Kanagawa Prefecture]
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[/caption]Rather than cute, hairy, playful mammals, this café offers customers the chance to take a sip of tea while observing and interacting with several species of reptiles, including a 1,7-meter-long snake! Yokohama’s Subtropical Teahouse is the first café of its kind in Japan (and possibly the world). Petting the animals is allowed for customers who are brave enough to do so.
Naka-ku, Yokohama, Chojamachi 8-133, 2F.Access:
By subway: from Tokyo Station, take the JR Keihin Tohoku Line to Kannai Station, and walk 8 minutes to the café.Recommended period:
Any day 11am-8pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.Contact:
Yokohama Subtropical Teahouse Reptile CaféWithin Japan: 045-263-4015
Café Baron [Tokyo Prefecture]
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[/caption]Tired of cat cafés? Perhaps you might be interested in upgrading to an owl café. The birds, who fly around the café freely, have been trained to be around humans. In return, human visitors must refrain from touching the animals. Good quality coffee and tea from all over the world are served in this peculiar eatery.
3 Chome-10-5 Koenjikita, Suginami, Tokyo 166-0002Access:
By train: get on the Asagaya Line to Ogikubo and walk west for 9 minutes.Recommended period:
Any day 11am-6pm.Contact:
Café BaronWithin Japan: 3-5356-6510
With Bunny Rabbit Café [Tokyo Prefecture]
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[/caption]With Bunny is one of the largest cafés in Tokyo. In fact, it occupies five entire floors plus an extra rooftop! This usagi café aims to entertain, educate and fill your stomach, all at once. Conveniently located near Asakusa, With Bunny is a popular cafeteria among animal lovers in Tokyo. Prices start at 500 yen for the first 30 minutes, with extra add-ons available to make the most of your experience.
1-7-1 Hanagawado, Taito-ku, TokyoAccess:
By subway: take the Toei Asakusa Line to Asakusa. Walk a couple of minutes north of the station.Recommended period:
Any day 12pm-7pm.Contact:
With BunnyWithin Japan: 03-5827-8229Written by Virginia González