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Going Far beyond Cats and Dogs! 15 Unusual Animal Cafe in Japan

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When you think of “animal cafe,” you may associate it with cat cafe or dog cafe. However, Japan is going far beyond on those typical animal cafe.
Have you dreamed of playing with unique birds, fluffy rabbits, or even with hedgehogs over drinks?
There are many unusual, but fun animal cafes in Japan. It’s going to be a special experience!

We have sorted 15 animal cafes that rarely exist in other countries. Tell us which you like the best!

1. Ikefukurou Cafe (Ikebukuro)

Have you ever dreamed of interacting with owls? If yes, Ikefukurou Cafe is the perfect place for you.
Ikefukurou Cafe is located in Ikebukuro with more than 30 kinds of owls, some of which can be rarely seen. Not only can guests touch owls but also they can place them on shoulders or arms up to 2 owls.

Adress: 1-7-1-6F, Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo
Website: http://www.ikefukuroucafe.com/

2. Akiba Fukurou (Akihabara)

Akiba Fukurou was opened in 2014 in Akihabara, which is a famous district for plenty of anime and manga-related shops and events. This owl cafe creates a relaxing environment for both owls and guests with a combination of classical music, chandelier, and white-based interior. Also, guests should make a reservation beforehand.

Guests have one hour of playtime, and one hour proceeds like a story once you enter the cafe. Before getting in the cafe, they read a Q&A book that contains profiles of all the owls, how to interact with them, etc. Japanese, English, Chinese, and French versions are available.

Then, they enter the room and have an instruction about playing with owls. After that, they are free to watch, touch, and play with owls in the clean, cozy room. They can ask a photographer to take photos with owls for free!

Adress: 67, Neribeicho, Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tokyo
Website: http://akiba2960.com/

3. Animal Room Ikemofu (Ikebukuro)

Do you want to play with animals like fennec, kinkajou, miacat, chinchilla, and flying squirrels?
Animal Room Ikefukuro has animals that we can rarely see even in the zoo. The cafe is divided into “small animal room” and “owl and reptile room,” and in the “owl and reptile room,” you can play with various types of owls and reptiles such as chameleons, lizards, snakes, and turtles!

Address: Narita Building 6F, 1-29-4, Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo
Website: http://www.ikemofu.jp/en/

4. Hachu Cafe (Kichijoji)

Hachu Cafe specialises in reptiles and its has many types of reptiles from lizards to chameleons, iguanas, snakes, turtles, geckos, and dragons. Isn’t there ever chances to play with these reptiles?

The owner opened this cafe not only for giving guests interesting experiences of interacting with reptiles, but also for promoting appropriate ways to have them at home.

来る6月3日(日)に #NHK にて放送される「#ダーウィンが来た!」に、はちゅカフェが登場します! ・ 店主がむかしから大好きだった番組。その制作に携われるなんて夢のようです。撮影したのは1年以上前のこと。野生の #イグアナ の生態を収録するために、年月をかけて作られるんですね。本当に素晴らしい番組です。 ・ 今回はお店だけではなく、店主自宅も撮影され、愛息子のピースくん(セントトーマスイグアナ、写真2枚目ハイビスカス食らうの図)も全国デビューしちゃいます? ・ イグアナの魅力がたっぷりつまった内容になると思いますので、是非ご覧ください!!! ・ 「ダーウィンが来た!生きもの新伝説」 ー巨大イグアナ 大繁栄の秘密ー NHK総合 6月3日(日)夜7時30分より放送 ・ http://cgi2.nhk.or.jp/darwin/articles/detail.cgi?p=p552

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昨日ご紹介したジャイゲコと同じ、#ラコダクティルス 属の仲間をご紹介します。写真の順に、 ・ #クレステッドゲッコー(#オウカンミカドヤモリ) #ガーゴイルゲッコー(#ツノミカドヤモリ) #チャホウアゲッコー(#マモノミカドヤモリ) ・ ( )内は和名ですが、それぞれ面白いですね。オオカン(王冠)とツノ(角)はその見た目から。チャホウアは現地で「マモノ(魔物)」の意味なので、そのまま和名となったそうです。 ・ ちなみに、ジャイゲコの和名はツギオミカドヤモリ。確かに尻尾の付け根近くが接いだようになっています。意味がわかると名前も覚えやすいですね(^^) ・ #爬虫類カフェ #東京 #吉祥寺 #中道通り

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Address: Starlight, Starbright Building 2F-B, 4-6-3, Honmachi, Kichijoji, Musashino, Tokyo
Website: http://turboreptiles.co.jp/#menu (Japanese only)

5. Usabibi (Ikebukuro)

At a rabbit cafe now! The rabbits are so cute they look like toys omg my heart ????

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If you adore rabbits, check out rabbit cafe!
Usabibi is a rabbit cafe located in Ikebukuro, where guests can play with rabbits with reasonable price, drink included. Also, you can see rabbits eating and you can feed them with carrots! Adorable rabbits never bore you here!

Address: Nakagawa Building 5F, 2-42-9, Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo
Website: http://usabibi.net/

. Ra.a.g.f (Harajuku)

Ra.a.g.f opened in Harajuku with a hope of people getting to know more about rabbits to prevent unconsidered purchase and abandonment.
There are 20 rabbits with six different kinds, and guests can choose up to two rabbits to play with. You can buy snacks for rabbits at the cafe to feed them. Also, you can bring your rabbits to the cafe!

・ ヴィクトリアちゃんは人間の背中に跳び乗って「下々の者よ…」ってするのが好きな上から目線系女子???? でも跳び乗ってくれるのも気分次第??笑 ・ 本日ご予約で混雑しています?? 空いてるお時間は当日予約もできますので、お気軽にお電話くださいませ? ・ ヴィクトリア:Victoria ・ #うさぎ #ウサギ #うさぎカフェ #うさぎカフェラフ #raagf #原宿 #表参道 #キャットストリート #ふわもこ部 #ふわもこ部うさぎ #うさぎ好きさんと繋がりたい #rabbit #bunny #rabbitcafe #bunnycafe #japan #tokyo #harajuku #lovebunny #bunnylove #bunnystagram #ミニウサギ #みにうさぎ #mixrabbit #mixbunny #ヴィクトリア #victoria

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Address: 6-14-1, Jingumae, SHibuya, Tokyo
Website: http://raagf.com/readme/

7. Usagi no Ehon (Shimokitazawa)

Usagi no Ehon is a small but cozy rabbit cafe in Shimokitazawa area. The cafe is decorated with picture books and handmade ornaments, which makes a fairy tale-like room. From six weeks-old bunnies to adult rabbits, adorable fluffy rabbits welcome guests.

This cafe also offers cute food and drink menus. After playing with rabbits, why don’t you have sweets and drinks motiefed with rabbits?

チモシー もぐもぐ おいしいよ???? #うさぎ #うさぎの絵本 #カフェ #下北沢

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Address: 3-30-1, Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo
Website: http://usaginoehon.web.fc2.com/index.html (Japanese only)

8. Harry (Roppongi)

Harry is the first hedgehog cafe in Japan with branches in Roppongi, Harajuku, and Yokohama. The cafe is very clean and furnished with the stylish decor.
When guests enter the cafe, a box is provided for per group and they pick one favorite hedgehog. After that, all you have to do is just enjoy interacting with your hedgehog. Just watching it moving, eating, and or sleeping gives you a cozy moment! In Roppongi store, you can also see reptiles such as eublepharidae.

Address: Iwabori Building 2F, 6-7-2. Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
Website: http://www.harinezumi-cafe.com/en/

9. Cheese (Akihabara)

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Japan has made even hedgehog cafes. A three-minute walk from Akihabara station, hedgehog cafe “Cheese” has its location.
Inside the cafe, there are couple of desks and chairs are set with hedgehogs in each desk. The price includes free refills of drinks, free Wi-Fi, and phone charger so guests can enjoy interacting with hedgehogs with a comfy environment.

||Hedgehog cafe!! ????||

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Address: Kokiso Building 2F, 4-4-3, Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Website: http://fureai-harinezumi.com/english.html

10. Kotori Cafe (Ueno)

Kotori Cafe is located in Ueno district, a 10-minute walk away from Nezu station. Various types of birds such as parakeets, parrots, and Java sparrows welcome guests in a colourful, spacious room. Additional fee is charged when interacting with the birds.

This cafe attracts guests not only with birds but also with its homemade food and sweets with cute bird motifs. All the food, mugs, plates and cutlery are bird-themed. It is just adorable!

* #ことりカフェ上野本店

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チーズスフレケーキ!さっぱり甘い! #ことりカフェ上野本店

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Address: 1-8-6, Uenosakuragi, Taito, Tokyo
Website: http://ueno.kotoricafe.jp/ (Japanese only)

11. Tori no Iru Cafe (Asakusa)

If you love birds in general, Tori no Iru Cafe in Asakusa is the best place. You can play with more than 100 birds including owls, parakeets, parrots ducks, etc. Birds are free to fly around the room, and guests are allowed to touch and place them on shoulders. You can get the food for bids for 100 yen. But be careful, once birds find you have food, you get locked on!

ハーレム状態だぜ! #鳥のいるカフェ #浅草 #コガネメキシコインコ #bird #ふわもこ部

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Address: Oyama Building B1F, 1-12-8, Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Website: http://toricafe.co.jp/en/asakusa-en/access-contact-asakusa-en

12. Takasho Chaya (Mitaka)

Takasho Chaya is the only one cafe that is owned by a falconer, located in Mitaka. Hawks are in a room with a glass-made wall, so guests can enjoy meals while watching them. Guests can take photos of hawks, but are not allowed to touch or feed them.

Falconers from around the world visit this cafe, sometimes with their hawks. You may be able to see hawks at a very close distance if you are lucky.

鷹だけじゃなくハヤブサやフクロウなども。

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ハリスホーク 和名 モモアカノスリ

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Address: 1-11-8, Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo
Website: https://falconerscafe.web.fc2.com/english.html

13. Penguin no Iru Bar (Ikebukuro)

Penguin no Iru Bar is the only bar in Tokyo where guests can enjoy alcohol drinks with penguins. Penguins are in a spacious pool and guests can see them swimming and playing together. The owner loves penguins and gives them a proper care. Of course, guests can enjoy drinking with a plenty of alcoholic beverage and food menu!

Address: COSMY1 1F, 2-38-2, Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo
Website: https://www.govoyagin.com/ja/activities/japan-tokyo-see-penguins-in-a-bar-at-ikebukuro-tokyo/7979

14. Kingyozaka (Hongo)

Kingyozaka is a cafe where guests can enjoy a meal, watching goldfish swimming. Going through a narrow road, you find the signboard and huge water tanks with thousands of goldfish. There is also a fishing area along a path that leads to the cafe.

This retro, tranquil cafe is full of goldfish items and arts, and some tables are made of water tank so guests can see goldfish swimming while eating.

If you are looking for a place to be free from stress, this is the right place.

金魚がたくさんいる喫茶店。

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Address: 5-3-15, Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Website: http://www.kingyozaka.com/ (Japanese only)

15. Mameshiba Cafe (Kamakura)

The symbol of Japanese animal…that’s Shiba Inu! Mame-shiba refers to smaller size of shiba inu, and they are absolutely cute! There are 13 mame-shiba aged from three month to five years old. The interior decor evokes a nostalgia of the “Showa” period of Japan (1920s-1980s).

#過去pic #kyoto #京都 #河原町 #犬 #豆柴 #豆柴カフェ #豆柴cafe #olympus #olympuspenepl7

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Address: Hamasho Lafine BUilding 2F, 1-6-4, Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Website: http://brangista.j-server.com/BRAOWLCATF/ns/tl.cgi/http://owls-cats-forest.com/free/mameshiba-kamakura?SLANG=ja&TLANG=en&XMODE=0&XCHARSET=utf-8&XJSID=0

Bonus! 5 Adorable Cat Cafe and Dog Cafe in Tokyo

1. Calico (Shinjuku, Kichijoji)

Calico in Shinjuku is the largest cat cafe in Tokyo with more than 50 cats, located in Shinjuku’s vibrant Kabukicho district. The fee is 1,000 yen (1,200 yen on weekends) per hour and 150 yen is charged by every 10 minute additional time.

Calico in Kichijoji has less cats, but it also offers you a relaxing time with cats. Good news is that Kichijoji store has a plenty of manga!

. 2匹で座布団をシェアしています?? お客様用の座布団ですが、猫たちがくつろいでるのはよく見られる光景かも??? . 6 /15~8/31の期間限定で両国に猫カフェがオープン! 両国駅の西口から出て徒歩1分と駅から近いです! . 江戸の街並みを再現した空間で猫たちと過ごしませんか? 皆様のお越しをお待ちしております♪ . #cat #catstagram #catcafe #calico #edo #tokyo #japan #mixcat #cutecat #event #猫 #ねこ #にゃんすたぐらむ #猫カフェ #猫カフェきゃりこ #きゃりこ武蔵野店 #保護猫 #江戸ねこ茶屋 #両国 #両国駅 #駅近 #イベント

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Address
Sinjuku: 6F Fuji Building, 1-16-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Kichijoji: 1-8-2, Honmachi, Kichijoji, Musashino, Tokyo
Website: http://catcafe.jp (Japanese only)

2. Neko no Iru Basho (Ikebukuro)

Cat Cafe???? 昨日は猫カフェ行ってみた? 癒された?? #cat #cafe #catcafe #cute #love

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Neko no Iru Basho is a unique cat cafe compared to other ones, with 2,000 manga in a spacious room. There are also desks, chairs, sofas and free Wi-Fi, so some people come here to do work while interacting with adorable cats.

くつろぎ

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Adress: 1-23-9-5F, Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo
Website: http://www.nya-n.jp/299/index.html (Japanese only)

3. Nekobukuro (Ikebukuro)

絵になる猫 みかんくん、完璧な収まり具合 🍊🖼🐱

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Nekobukuro is not strictly a cat cafe, but it has fame with uniquely designed interior, which created a society of cats, looking like a mixture of amusement park and kindergarten. When you go through the left-handed door, you see a fake train carriage stopping at “Nekobukuro station,” with plenty of cats sleeping.

Then you go into the area that features a society of cats. Guests can play 15 to 20 cats with reasonable price. It has “snack time” twice a day, which guests can feed cats.

おもちゃちょうだい (`・ω・´)キリッ プリンくん1歳

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Adress: Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro 8F, 1-28-10, Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo
Website: https://p2-pet.com/nekobukuro/index.html (Japanese only)

4. Inu no Jikan (Aoto)

Inu no Jikan does not look like a dog cafe at a glance- the cafe is a room of an apartment. But when you open the door, 13 friendly cute dogs give guests a warm welcome, jumping and waving tales. Since the cafe has a small space, only a handful groups can make a reservation per day.

#動物カフェ 01 いぬのじかん 珍しい犬カフェ!!!

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. いぬカフェのお出迎え天国だった w/ @uxim.mina

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Adress: 7-24-3, Aoto, Katsushika, Tokyo
Website: http://ootukainuyashiki.blog121.fc2.com/ (Japanese only)

5. DOG HEART from Aquamarine (Shibuya)

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In this cafe, not only can you play with dogs, but also you can take them for a walk! This cafe made its first store in Shibuya in 2012, and opened a new branch in Shinjuku.

The owner opened this cafe to create a place where those who love dogs but cannot have one at home can interact with dogs. Also, she wanted to offer guests opportunities to imagine what it would be like to have a dog by allowing them to interact and walk with dogs. Since she has seen lots of dogs left from owners due to their unconsidered purchase, she strives to reduce the number of those unfortunate dogs.

So I visited a "dog cafe" #beagle #dog #dogheart #shibuya #tokyo #japan

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Adress: Y’s Park Building 2F, 1-45-2, Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Website: http://dog-heart.ico.bz/index.html (Japanese only)

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