5 Sweet Cat Cafés That Will Make Your Visit to Tokyo “Purr-fect”!

  • TOKYO
  • VARIOUS AREAS
  • RESTAURANT
  • Tokyo, Japan and cat cafés are a “purrfect” match for a cat lover’s vacation! These amazing cafés can be found throughout the metro Tokyo area, including Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, Asakusa, and Ikebukuro. An incredibly novel concept, cat cafés originated in Taiwan in 1998 and spread like wildfire to other countries, most notably to feline-loving Japan. It’s such a simple strategy, really: take a warm, cozy room, add coffee and cakes, fill the place with cats and kittens, then invite a bunch of humans to play with them.

    Japan’s first cat café opened in 2004 and now there are more than 75 locations around the country. Not surprisingly, Tokyo is the city with the most locations and is home to some incredibly clever and engaging shops specifically designed to put a big, goofy grin on your face.

    Cat-Friendly Rules

    All cat cafés have a standard set of rules for you to expect. Keeping kitties and customers safe is a necessary requirement so you can expect to have to read and sign documents when you visit prior to entering the cat area. Although each café may have additional instructions, here is a short list common to most facilities:

    • Sanitize your hands before entering.
    • Do not pick the cats up. Some cats simply hate being picked up. Others may be very shy or new to the facility. If a kitty jumps up into your lap, that’s fine.
    • Feel free to enjoy café food and drinks while you mingle but do not feed the cats anything.
    • Toys are available throughout the café and are for you to play with the kitties.
    • Be especially careful entering and exiting the café to make sure no kitties escape.
    What To Expect

    Cat cafés vary but, in general, they are small facilities with between ten and twenty cat residents. The degree of interaction you can expect depends on what time you are visiting and whether the cats have just eaten.

    There are times when all the cats may be sleepy and laying about (and thus, supremely disinterested in you) or it’s awake time, and thus they will be curious and ready to engage. Let the kitties set the pace of interaction, and set your expectations accordingly. The most important thing is to just have fun and enjoy the feline friends. Here are five cat cafés you should check out if you’re in the mood to cuddle a kitty during your visit to Tokyo.

    1. Cat Café Nyanny

    Akihabara is a place where the air is electric with excitement, and the name of the game is big, bold, bright colors via an abundance of neon. Cat Café Nyanny is a converted two-storey residence which now features a café downstairs and cat play area upstairs. It is small, cozy, and cute with friendly kitties looking for a lap to sit in.

    Price:

    • Weekdays: 1000 yen per hour
    • Weekends: 1200 yen per hour

    Open:

    • 11:00am to 9:00pm
    • 7 days a week
    • Closed on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
    • Open during National holidays

    Cat Café Nyanny website
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    2. MoCHA Cat Café

    Home to the most bustling pedestrian crosswalk in the world, Shibuya is a nexus of shopping, food, and fashion. Shibuya’s busy, crisp vibe screams urban cosmopolitan and is a fitting location for MoCHA Cat Café.

    With a fashionable design, it’s an ideal hotspot for your Instagram photographs. MoCHA hosts a chain of six cat cafés throughout the metropolitan area so be sure to visit their website to find the location most convenient for you.

    Price:

    • 200 yen per ten minutes

    Open:

    • 10:00am to 10:00pm
    • 7 days a week
    • Open year-round

    MoCHA Cat Café website
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    3. Asakusa Nekoen

    For a completely different feel, you’ll want to check out Asakusa Nekoen. Where most cat cafés in Japan are home to the owners’ cats, Asakusa Nekoen features kitties who are up for adoption after having been abandoned by their owners.

    Your visit pays for the costs to house and feed the felines as they search for their permanent home. Located in the super tourist-friendly Asakusa, it’s a lovely place to rest your tired feet after strolling through Asakusa’s main square. Bonus karma is bestowed on those visitors who can adopt and provide a loving home to these sweet kitties.

    Price:

    • 800 yen for the first hour, 200 yen for each extra 30 minutes

    Open:

    • 11:00am to 9:00pm
    • Monday, Wednesday to Sunday
    • Closed Tuesdays and National Holidays

    Asakusa Nekoen website
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    4. Cat Café Calico

    Shinjuku boasts a fast urban pace filled with game centres, pachinko parlors, shopping establishments, and eateries. The train station alone is a cacophony of sights and sounds. Amidst this storm, you’ll find Cat Café Calico, which is home to more than a dozen cats who spend their days either clamoring for your attention or sleepily drowsing in the chair next to you.

    Price:

    • Weekdays: 1000 yen per hour
    • Weekends: 1200 yen per hour

    Open:

    • 10:00am to 10:00pm
    • 7 days a week
    • Closed during national holidays

    Cat Café Calico website *Japanese only
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    5. Cat Café Nekorobi

    If you find yourself in Ikebukuro, Cat Café Nekorobi provides delightful respite indulging in a coffee, sweet treat, and feline companionship. This tiny corner café is everything you could hope for with over 13 cats to keep you company while you catch up on your social media.

    Price:

    • Weekdays: 1100 yen per hour
    • Weekends: 1300 yen per hour
    • 30-minute packages are also available

    Open:

    • 11:00am to 10:00pm
    • 7 days a week
    • Closed during national holidays

    Cat Café Nekorobi website
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    As the most successfully domesticated pet throughout the world, cats’ sweet little faces are a surefire way to turn a frown upside down. These five cat cafes are a great respite for cat lovers. Take a timeout during your holiday, put your feet up, have a cup of coffee, a cuddle with a cute furry friend, and let the world take care of itself without you for a while!

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