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Goat Cafe, Tokyo Japan, FI

On a certain side street in Shibuya, it is possible to find goats. Well, one goat, anyway. He was in a cage on the patio of the Sakuragaoka Café, and appeared to be the lone yagi present on the day of my visit.

The atmosphere inside of the café was the same as any other comfortable eatery at noon. Businessmen were enjoying lunch at the tables to the tune of light jazz. Oddly enough, there didn’t seem to be much in the way of a “goat theme” beyond the capra aegagrus hircus at the door.

Still, the food was excellent. The menu boasted Italian dishes such as margarita pizza and pasta, along more traditional Japanese fare such as ginger pork and curry. Especially pleasing was the 1000¥ price tag, a desirable quality in the famously expensive world of Tokyo eateries.

Sakuragaoka Café is a pleasant and inexpensive spot in Shibuya for lunch, but the goat population seems to be going down.

Sakuragaoka Goat Cafe, Shibuya, Tokyo

Sakuragaoka Goat Cafe Menu Shibuya Tokyo

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Sakuragaoka Goat Cafe Food Shibuya Toky

Sakuragaoka Café Contact Information

Sakuragaoka Café (English site)

4 minutes from Shibuya Station (click on the pin for directions via Google Maps)

Hours of Operation:
Morning: 8:30 – 11:30 (last order 11:00) (Weekdays only)
Lunch: 11:30 – 15:00
Dinner: 17:30 – 23:00
Midnight time 23:00 – 28:00 (24:00 on Sundays or last day of a holiday weekend)

Estimated Price: 1000 yen for lunch (Menu)

“Why Go?”: Goat! Also, an inexpensive lunch break during your Shibuya shopping tour.

 

 

February 4, 2016 0 comment
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Mimi Rabbit Cafe, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan

The first rabbit cafe that EnAble Japan will cover is Mimi! This cafe is located just a hop and skip away from Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro (where the cat cafe we previously covered, Nekobukuro is located). Mimi is located on the 8th floor of the building with the sign “Momoka”. Although Momoka is labeled as a lingerie pub, don’t be alarmed! Mimi Rabbit Cafe is a fantastic cafe and experience, and is in no way affiliated with the pub. You won’t need to pass anywhere near its entrance to get on the elevator to the 8th floor.

One strange rule to keep in mind when visiting Mimi is that there must be at least one girl present amongst your group. This means that if you are male or with an all-male group, you cannot enter the cafe unless at least one girl is present. Ganbatte!

Once you enter the cafe, you will be given an apron and slippers to wear. If you feel uncomfortable with the slippers, please bring socks to wear with them. There is a cubbyhole and coat hangers available for your belongings once you enter the room. The staff will explain the cafe rules in English.

The cafe is separated into two sections to create a more intimate feel. The atmosphere is very calming and nursery-like, with its pastel colors, a sky-painted ceiling, and music-box songs playing in the background. Once in Mimi, you will be required to order at least one drink. Luckily, there are a variety of tasty and cheap options. Rabbit food is provided for free as well!

Some of the rabbits are just babies, so they are smaller and more energetic. Nonetheless, all of the rabbits love spending time with customers. If you bring a camera, they love giving the lens little sniffs and kisses, but be a little cautious – they like to nibble on the camera strap! At Mimi even just watching the rabbits take short rests on the floor or a food break is enjoyable to watch. Once you leave, you can even put a sticker next to your favorite rabbit on the cafe’s poster which “ranks” the most popular rabbit. Mimi is a great place to go alone or with friends, especially on days when you need some cheering up. If anything, we really hope and recommend you check this place out!

Animal Cafe Series Part 1: Kotori Bird Cafe
Animal Cafe Series Part 2: Cafe JaLaLa Cat Cafe
Animal Cafe Series Part 1: Nekobukuro & Neko no Iru Kyuukeijo 299 Cat Cafes
Plus: Fukuro no Mise Owl Cafe

September 17, 2015 0 comment
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Nekobukuro Cat Cafe FI, Tokyo, Japan

Today we look at two unique cat cafes, Nekobukuro and Neko no Iru Kyuukeijo 299, both located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

Nekobukuro is on the 8th floor of the popular department store Tokyu Hands. This cafe has two rooms, both sporting cute themes of trains and a cozy home. Soothing music box-like tunes (reminiscent of titles from Disney or Studio Ghibli) play in the background. Unlike most animal cafes, there is no time limit on how long you can stay. Nekobukuro also does not sell food or drinks, therefore eliminating a common animal cafe rule that requires its customers to order at least one drink. The staff will explain the rules of the cafe upon entry.

Some of the cats are a bit playful, but most of them like to sleep or move around on their own, acting like, well, cats. Nekobukuro also has a wall displaying pictures of all of their cats, and even ranks the most popular ones amongst customers. Overall, this cafe is cozy, sweet, and great place for cat lovers.

Just around the corner from Tokyu Hands is Neko no Iru Kyuukeijo 299. Although located in an unmarked building (5th floor), you can’t miss the large signs outside the building sporting cute cats and the cafe’s long name. This cozy yet spacious cafe is uniquely a cat and manga cafe.

Before entering, you must exchange your shoes for slippers provided by the cafe. They are continually exchanged for new, clean ones to use, but germaphobes may want to prepare a pair of socks to wear if it makes you uncomfortable. After paying (approximately ¥600 per hour), manga, games, computer outlets, lounge areas, and, of course, playing with the cats is free of charge! Food, drinks, and food for feeding the cats is an extra charge, however.

Like Nekobukuro, some cats are playful while others enjoy napping or being petted. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and at night lots of young cat/manga loving couples stop by for a cozy and unique date. As the second branch to Neko no Mise, another large and popular animal cafe chain, Neko no Iru Kyuukeijo 299 does not disappoint and proved to be a fantastic find.

At both cafes, petting the cats is allowed, but not picking them up, so please be mindful. Before and afterwards, there are hand sanitizers and lint rollers free for usage. We hope you check out these great and unique cafes during your stay at Tokyo!

Previous installments in our Animal Cafe Series: Cafe JaLaLa Cat Cafe and Kotori Cafe Omotesando

Check back for the next installment in this series, Mimi Rabbit Cafe. Until then, please visit our article 15 Tokyo Cat Cafes for more ideas on cat cafes to visit!

September 12, 2015 0 comment
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Cafe JaLaLa, Akihabara Cat Cafe, Tokyo, Japan

Cafe JaLaLa, located in Tokyo’s electric town, Akihabara, is a small and cozy cat cafe. It may take a little time to find, but is still a good experience for those who want to experience Japan’s cat cafe culture. This is another cafe where you must remove your shoes before entering, however no slippers are provided so customers enter in socks or bare feet (remember to prepare accordingly beforehand to your preferences). There are cubbyholes near the front of the entrance to place your belongings. Cafe JaLaLa is an animal cafe that allows you to order at least one drink (per customer) on top of the entrance fee. While there are a variety of tasty drink and food options, you may want to check out some of the other cat cafes we have covered before, such as Nekorobi or Neko no Iru Kyuukeijo 299 to avoid unwanted costs.

Like many cat cafes, Cafe JaLaLa provides cat toys for free. They also have a scrapbook that identifies the breed and name of each cat. One rule that Cafe JaLaLa has is that you cannot touch the cats when they are eating unless you yourself purchase kibble for them to eat and feed them yourself. The staff is very kind, and explains the rules (in English for foreigners) after you enter. We hope you enjoy!

Note: Cafe JaLaLa has a noticeable cat odor, so it may not be suitable for people with strong allergies. That being said, the average time spent at a cat cafe is 30 minutes to one hour, so depending on the severity of your allergies, this may not be a huge factor.

You can check out their Japanese homepage at: http://www.nekojalala.com

Be sure to check out next week’s review of two more cat cafes, Nekobukuro and Neko no Iru Kyuukeijo 299. Until then, enjoy our first video in the animal cafe series!

Visit 15 Tokyo Cat Cafes for our list of the top cat cafes in the city! 

August 29, 2015 0 comment
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In modern Western culture, owls have a reputation for wisdom. Athena, the patron goddess of Athens, took the owl as her personal symbol. In the original Clash of the Titans, when Perseus needed a companion, her owl Bubo (or at least the steampunk robot version of him) was sent to be his advisor. Out of the many downfalls of the remake (and there were many), the most egregious was that they dissed the original Bubo.

But it doesn’t stop there. Mensa, the international high I.Q. society, uses the owl as their unofficial symbol; it is sometimes used to mark the location of their meetings to newcomers. Owl, the blowhard counterpart to Winnie the Pooh, provides the services of a straight-man in E.E. Milne’s classic stories. In the comics, Batman himself battled the fiendish Court of Owls at the beginning of the New 52, and they nearly brought down the Caped Crusader. And there was (the second) Owlman, who stole the girlfriend of a god in the Watchmen comics (we do not speak of the movie around here).

But what of the actual animal itself? Have you ever held one? Have you ever seen one up close? Ever had one steal a lollipop from you under the guise of some scientific experiment to find out how many licks it takes to get to the center? Well here’s your chance!

Getting In

Fukuro no Mise is one of the best-known animal cafés in Tokyo. It is also difficult to get into. You cannot call ahead or make an appointment online. You can only show up early and hope that you can get in one of the waiting list slots. Only ten people are admitted into the café each hour.

 

I arrived one hour and fifteen minutes before the opening, and line was already long. Forty-five minutes prior to opening, the staff began accepting reservations. I was able to get in the second group, so I only had an hour to wait. I had to pay immediately (2000 yen per person) and the lady put my name down on the wait list. She asked me if I was sure–if I didn’t come at least fifteen minutes after the appointed time, I would lose my spot, and there are no refunds. I confirmed that I would return, so she told me to come back five minutes prior to my scheduled appointment.

 

But Once Inside…

The first thing I saw when I went inside was the semi-circle of larger owls. Owls, like cats, seem to regard humans with poorly-disguised contempt. I understood why visiting was limited once I was inside. The entire café is very small, and is dimly lit for the comfort of its feathered residents. As expected, it is decorated in owl motifs–pillows, lamps, and the pictures adorning the wall were all things Strigiforme. Even the TV was playing Harry Potter.

The drink counter is in the back, where I was invited to sit. Perpendicular to the counter was another row of owls, all much smaller than the ones at the door. A small Spectacled Owl named Dave started mean-mugging me as soon as I got close. I was the last person to come inside for this group, and the only available seating was next to him. His head bobbed and swiveled as I passed. His chest puffed out, and his little white mustache bristled. He was adorable!

Besides Dave, the owls were disinterested in my arrival. The hand-sized burrowing owl right next to my seat woke up long enough to watch me sit down before nodding off again.

Drinks are included with the cover charge, unless you want something a little stronger (beer and wine are available for another 200 yen). But why would you? That’s not what you’re here for.

An Owl-Handling Tutorial

The first ten minutes of the visit consists of a handling tutorial. The spoken instructions are in Japanese, and there is a sheet written in English for tourists. The rules are easy; allow the staff to help you pick up and put down owls, touch them on the head and back only, and make sure the flash is off on your camera (and no videos, please). Also, there are a few residents who should not be touched.

The day I went, one owl was taking the day off and another was cranky because he was on a diet (“eats like a bird” apparently didn’t apply to that guy). Another no-toucher is Amachan, a blind spectacled owl who lives by the door and becomes frightened if people touch her. Please respect the birds and do not touch them if they have been placed off-limits.

After the tutorial, it’s owl-time! Three staff members circulated through our small group, putting owls on people’s outstretched arms. As birds, none are particularly heavy, not even the larger ones. I held several owls, and their talon grip on my hand was not strong, as one might expect. Even the large horned owl I held was like holding any other bird on your finger. The one possible exception might be the barn owl. I did not hold him, but the people I saw who did wore a thick glove.

Making Owl Friends

At the front of the café, staff members helped patrons hold the larger owls in a falconer’s pose, or you can opt to have one put on your shoulder or head. I passed on the chance to have an owl crap in my hair (“owls cannot be toilet-trained,” said the note card). The staff was also better able to attract an owl’s attention for pictures, given their propensity for turning their head the other way as soon as a camera came out.

About ten minutes prior to the end of the hour, we were invited to sit back down. The staff passed out gifts (also included in the price of admission), after which they thanked us and sent us on our way. There were other items for sale (jewelry and such), so ask a staff member if something catches your eye.

Animal Welfare

Given Japan’s “casual” attitude towards animal welfare (people here still buy dogs and cats from pet stores and “puppy mills”), questions as to the owls’ welfare dominate online discussion.

As far as I could tell (given an hour to observe), none of the owls were being mistreated. Yes, they are lashed into place with a little bit of room to move, but it was no different from the way you would tie up a dog or put a bird in a cage. Mention was given to flight training (the reason the one owl was on a diet, according to its card), but that occurred elsewhere–the café was definitely too small for an owl to get very far. I love animals too, and I would certainly object if I saw evidence of one being mistreated, but I also understand the realities of domesticated animals. In my opinion, the owls looked clean and well-cared for.

Other Helpful Tips

My group consisted entirely of adults. Fukuro No Mise does not allow children under the age of two, but it would probably be better not to take children under age ten here. Some children are obviously more sensitive than others, but I know more than a few kids who consider WHACK-WHACK-WHACK as an ok way to “pet” a dog. We don’t want to hurt our feathered friends, do we?

Fukuro No Mise has an English speaker on Fridays (a Hawaiian, given the number of times I saw “Mahalo” on the written materials), but the staff that was on duty while I was there were able to understand and speak English. There are also many signs in both Japanese and English, which was very helpful.

Fukuro no Mise is a great place, but it might be a bit difficult to get to for visitors. Luckily, Harajuku also has an owl cafe. Let Voyagin help you book your reservation at the Lovely Owl Cafe!

 

Owl Cafe Fukuro no Mise Tsukishima

Check out the Owl Cafe Fukuro no Mise Ameba Blog (via Google Translate)

Nearest Station: 6-minute walk from Tsukishima Station exit 10 (click on the Google Map for walking directions)

Hours of Operation: Wednesday and Thursday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fridays 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturdays 12 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.. Arrive early to get a slot!

Price: 2000 yen per person

August 8, 2015 0 comment
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Maidreamin Maid Cafe is a chain of maid cafes located not only in Japan, but also in other parts of Asia. In Japan, specifically, however, there are 13 cafes spread about Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.

Maid cafes are a significant aspect of Japanese pop culture, as they are everywhere and stem from the Anime and Manga culture founded deep within Japan’s roots. The purpose of a maid cafe is to make its guests feel like royalty. When you enter a cafe (Maidreamin, for example), they will immediately speak extremely politely, act excessively cute, and make you feel like you are at the top of the world.

Food and drink vary amongst the many maid cafes, but speaking from experience, Maidreamin offered a lot of curry, rice, and omelette dishes, as well as an array of drinks (from cream sodas to alcohol).

If you are at all interested in Anime or Manga, then this place will make you feel like you are in one or the other. The maids have eccentric outfits, colorful makeup, and speak with adorably high-pitched voices. And even if Anime and Manga is not for you, you will still get a kick out of this maid cafe because of how upbeat and theatrical it is. You can even ask them to perform song and dance!

The prices range from 300yen (typically for drinks) to 3000yen (for meal sets which include a main dish, drink, and extra goodies such as keychains and photos with the maids).

Average Price: 300yen-300yen
Music Genre: J-POP

Address:4-4-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
GPS:35.7003388, 139.77198709999993
Telephone:03-6272-3263
Web:http://maidreamin.com/en

October 20, 2014 0 comment
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Tokyo cat cafes are the perfect place to go when you’re in need of some feline comfort to complement your caffeine fix. With dozens of locations throughout the city, there’s sure to be one nearby. Here are EnAble Japan’s top recommendations.

(Be sure to check out our Tokyo Animal Cafe video series which features Neko JaLaLa, Nekobukuro and Neko no Iru Kyuukeijo 299 cat cafes!)

Cats not your thing? Maybe you’d like to visit the owls at Lovely Owl Cafe in Harajuku instead! Our friends and Voyagin can help you with a reservation!

Tokyo Cat Cafes: Nekorobi

Nekorobi is a comfortable and home-like cat café in Ikebukuro. English instructions upon entering make the visit nice and simple from the start. At most Tokyo cat cafes, you pay for what you consume; here you only pay for the time spent there – all drinks are included. They have two vending machines offering hot and cold drinks; a very good deal! There is a TV and game console for those visitors who want to chill-out and play games. With lots of cat toys available for you and the cats to play with, you and your new furry friends will be very entertained. Be sure to check them out at their Website and  Twitter!

Nearest Station: Ikebukuro Station

Address: 3F Tact T.O Building Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toyoshima-ku, Tokyo

Hours of Operation: 11am – 10pm

Price:

Weekdays – 1000 yen for the first hour, 250 yen for every 15 minutes extra.

Weekends and hols – 1200 yen for the first hour, 300 yen for every 15 minutes extra.

 

Hapineko

Hapineko Tokyo Cat Cafes

Hapineko is one of Tokyo’s cat cafés located in Dogenzaka in Shibuya. The entrance fee includes one drink and a small cake. Extra drinks and cat toys can be bought for an extra fee. Find out more at their Website!

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station

Address: ‪2-28-3 Dogenzaka | Dogenzaka Kratos Bldg.3F, Shibuya 150-0043

Hours of Operation: 11am – 9pm

Price: 30min – 1,050yen, 1 hour – 1,575yen, 1.5 hours – 2,100yen, 2 hours – 2,100yen (weekday), 2 hours – 2,525yen (weekends and hols)

 

Calico

Calico is one of the larger and more popular Tokyo cat cafes, located in Shinjuku. Upon entering the building you will be asked to put your belongings in a free locker. After, you’ll be free to wander around the two floors they have to offer. On the 6th floor you’ll find a video game area; the 5th floor is where the cafe is located. Both floors are covered with cats! Here you can enjoy food and drinks, and even buy a little cat food to attract cats. Remember to visit their Website!

Nearest Station: Shibuya Station

Address: ‪2-28-3 Dogenzaka | Dogenzaka Kratos Bldg.3F, Shibuya 150-0043

Hours of Operation: 11am – 9pm

Price:

Weekdays- 1000 yen per 1 hour

Weekends and holidays – 1200 yen per 1 hour

Each additional 10 minutes is 150 yen

 

Nekobukuro

Nekobukuro is located on the 8th floor of Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro. Tokyo cat cafes, hence cafes, are usually about the sweets, caffeine, & cats. Here it is less like a café and more like a cat play center! Here you won’t find drinks and comfortable chairs to play video games. At Nekobukuro, it’s just cats and setups that make you feel like you’re visiting a city of cats! Find out more by visiting their Website.

Nearest Station: Shinjuku Station

Address: ‪ 1-16-2 Kabukicho Shinjuku Ward, Fuji Building 5 / 6F (6F entrance)

Hours of Operation: 10am – 10pm

Price: 600 yen for adults, 400 yen for children, 1000 yen for couples.

 

Nyafe Melange

Nyafe Melange is one of Tokyo’s cat cafes located near Ebisu station in central Tokyo. Drinks are offered and there are lockers to store your belongings. See for yourself at their Website and Instagram pages. 

Nearest Station: Ebisu Station

Address: ‪ 〒150-0013 Tokyo, 渋谷区Ebisu, 1−7−13 麻仁ビル恵比寿

Hours of Operation: 12pm – 8pm

Price: 1,000 yen per hour (includes one drink on weekdays), 1,500 yen per 1.5 hours (includes one drink on weekdays), 500 yen per 30 minutes on weekdays (12:00-14:00)

 

Nekomaru Cafe

Nekomaru Tokyo Cat Cafes

Nekomaru, one of the best Tokyo cat cafes, has two branches in Tokyo. One is in Ueno and the other is in Kinshi, east Tokyo. Their cafes offer comfortable seating and have a variety of cat toys to entice the cats with. Nekomaru uniquely offers pet-sitting services through their cat cafes. If you’re going on vacation, you can leave your cat in their care for a fee of 3,675 yen per night for a single room. Learn more on their Website!

Nearest Station: Ueno Station

Address: Ueno: 7-2-2 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo

or

Kinshi: 2-5-11 Kinshi, Sumida, Tokyo

Hours of Operation: 12pm – 8pm

Price: They have a wide variety of plans available, starting at just 315 yen for 15 minutes on a weekday, going up to 3,308 yen for 2 hours at the weekend including food and a drink.

 

Machineko

Machine Tokyo Cat Cafes

Machineko is a Tokyo cat cafe and event space located in Motoasakusa. It is a convenient place to stop by after a day of sightseeing. The café has wi-fi, a vending machine, cat toys and iPads, along with many cats! More information available on their WebsiteBlog, and Twitter.

Nearest Station: Ueno Station

Address: Ueno: 7-2-2 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo

Hours of Operation: 12pm – 8pm

Price: 800 yen per hour, 100 yen for every extra 10 minutes

 

Calaugh Café

Calaugh Café Tokyo Cat Cafe

Calaugh Café is located close to Asakusa; it’s the perfect place to stop for a rest after visiting Sensoji and Tokyo Skytree.  They provide information in English and the café itself is extremely comfortable and homey. Their pricing system differs from other Tokyo cat cafes (see below). Want to know more? Visit their WebsiteFacebookTwitter, or Instagram pages! 

Nearest Station: Asakusa Station

Address: Asakusaekimae Bld.2F, 2-19-13, Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Hours of Operation: 11am – 10pm

Price:

Tea Time (11am-6pm) – No cover charge for the first hour; highly recommended to buy one item of food or drink (starts from 600 yen). After the first hour, each additional 15 minutes will be 200 yen.

Bar Time (6pm-10pm) –There is a 500 yen cover charge per person; highly recommended to one or more items from the food or drink menus.

 

Asakusa Nekoen

Asakusa Nekoen provides space for cat lovers to socialize with lots of cute felines. All of Akakusa Nekoen’s cats are rescue cats that have been re-homed at the café. They are always happy to see and play with you! See for yourself by visiting their WebsiteBlogFacebook, and Instagram!

Nearest Station: Asakusa Station

Address: 6th Floor Umamichi Myoukenya Building, 3-1-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Hours of Operation: 11am – 9pm

Price: 800 yen for 1 hour for adults, 700 yen for one hour for children. Each additional 30 minutes is 200 yen. There is a special 4.5 hour rate on weekdays of 1,500 yen.

Want to know more about these fun and unique cafes? Watch our new Tokyo Animal Cafe series featuring the best of cat, bird and rabbit cafes!

Cats & Dogs Café:

Cats and Dog Tokyo Cat Cafes

Nearest Station: Tobu Isesaki line Tugboat Station

Address:  5-41-1 Mukojima, Sumida, Tokyo

Hours of Operation: 12pm- 9pm

Check out their Website and Facebook

 

Neko JaLaLa:

Nearest Station:

Address:  3-5-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Hours of Operation: 11am- 8pm

Visit their Website and check out our full review & video of Neko JaLala!

 

Curl Up Café:

Nearest Station: Tokyu Meguro Line “Nishi-yama” station

Address: 1-7-4 Haramachi, Meguro, Tokyo

Hours of Operation: 12pm- 8pm

Take a look at their Website

May 23, 2014 0 comment
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