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It all began in 2004, when the first cat cafe opened its doors in Osaka. In Tokyo the fad reached its peak around 2010, with well over a dozen feline-staffed shops opening in that year alone.

After removing your shoes and washing your hands, you can relax or play with the cats and kittens while you have your drink. Prices are reasonable, and the rules are simple: no flash photos, no grabbing tails or waking sleeping kitties.

Other animal cafes - featuring rabbits, owls, lizards and other cuddly and not-so-cuddly creatures - follow similar general procedures, although each shop will have its own set of rules.


See also our complete coverage of animal cafes at our sister site, AnimalCafes.com

It all began in 2004, when the first cat cafe opened its doors in Osaka. In Tokyo the fad reached its peak around 2010, with well over a dozen feline-staffed shops opening in that year alone.

After removing your shoes and washing your hands, you can relax or play with the cats and kittens while you have your drink. Prices are reasonable, and the rules are simple: no flash photos, no grabbing tails or waking sleeping kitties.

Other animal cafes - featuring rabbits, owls, lizards and other cuddly and not-so-cuddly creatures - follow similar general procedures, although each shop will have its own set of rules.


See also our complete coverage of animal cafes at our sister site, AnimalCafes.com

Mocha - Cat cafe: Ikebukuro
Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm) daily.
Located overlooking West Ikebukuro Gate Park, this cat cafe is a little oasis of relaxation in the heart of the city. As soon as you climb the stairs to the third floor and enter the cafe, the warm...
Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm) daily.
Owl Park - Bird cafe: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Mondays.
One of a growing number of owl cafes in the city of owls, Ikebukuro, Owl Park opened in September 2015 in the middle of a bustling nightlife district. A spacious room on the second floor of a busy...
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Mondays.
Mimi - Rabbit cafe: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Mimi has some of the friendliest and most relaxed rabbits we've encountered in Tokyo - we were impressed with how well they get along with each other, and how easy-going they are with human visitors....
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Ikefukurou Cafe - Bird cafe: Ikebukuro
Open 2-5, 6-9pm daily.
Located just a few minutes south of Ikebukuro Station, the delightfully named Ikefukurou has fourteen owls for your viewing, photographing and petting pleasure. The place runs like clockwork as...
Open 2-5, 6-9pm daily.
Nyankoto - Cat cafe: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Nyankoto has some of the prettiest cats in town - all thirteen of the residents have impressive pedigrees, and the two frisky Exotic Shorthair kittens were especially cute. The little booklet...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Calico - Cat cafe: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 10am-9:15pm (LO) daily.
Even when it's full of visitors, there are plenty of cats to go around at this spacious, long-established two-story cafe. The shop's website promises more than fifty different cats, and that seems...
Open 10am-9:15pm (LO) daily.
Bengal Cat's Forest - Cat cafe: Harajuku
Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Exotic-looking, leopard-patterned Bengal cats have been some of the more outgoing and feisty felines we've run across in our research, and this cafe devoted entirely to Bengals is noticeably more...
Open 10:30am-7pm daily.
Mocha - Cat cafe: Harajuku
Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm) daily.
With its prime location overlooking JR Harajuku station, this newest branch of the Mocha cafe chain packs in the crowds, including a good number of overseas tourists. The playroom is fairly compact,...
Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm) daily.
Castle of Owls - Bird cafe: Harajuku
Open 11am-8pm (last entrance 7pm) daily.
The star attraction at the new branch of Castle of Owls, which opened in Harajuku on September 2015, is a little owl called Bolt. After his lunch of raw quail meat, Bolt likes to take a little...
Open 11am-8pm (last entrance 7pm) daily.
Tokyo Snake Center - Animal cafe: Harajuku
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
You can get a milk snake to go with your iced coffee and cake at Tokyo Snake Center! As you enter, you'll find a dozen colorful snakes in clear Perspex cases at the door. These are the "attendant"...
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Ra.a.g.f - Rabbit cafe: Harajuku
Open noon-7pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11-7:30). Closed Fridays, 3rd Thu.
Pet, play with and feed the dozen staff rabbits at this small rabbit cafe. Entry is Y600 for the first 30 minutes, or Y1000 for the first hour, and Y500 for each additional 30 minutes. Coffee and...
Open noon-7pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11-7:30). Closed Fridays, 3rd Thu.
Kotori Cafe - Bird cafe: Omotesando
Open 11am-7pm daily.
This unusual cafe is populated by a diverse flock of parrots, parakeets, sparrows and cockatoos for your bird-watching enjoyment. They serve coffee and cake (Y1580 for a Kona coffee and cake set)...
Open 11am-7pm daily.
Mocha - Cat cafe: Shibuya
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Occupying the top two floors of a modern nine-story building in the middle of Shibuya, Mocha is quite attractively decorated and comfortably furnished, and offers nice panoramic views of the...
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Sakuragaoka Cafe - Cafe: Shibuya
Open 8-11am, 11:30am-3, 5:30pm-4am (Sun -12) daily.
A pair of rather cute goats, living in a pen in front of the shop, are one of the main draws at this lively neighborhood cafe. The interior is spacious, filled with mismatched, comfortable chairs...
Open 8-11am, 11:30am-3, 5:30pm-4am (Sun -12) daily.
Melange - Cat cafe: Ebisu
Open noon-8pm (Fri, Sat -9pm) daily.
Whoever was responsible for the interior design for Melange has clearly discovered the secret to a successful cat cafe - providing lots and lots of different places to sit, perch, and nap. At first...
Open noon-8pm (Fri, Sat -9pm) daily.
Floche - Rabbit cafe: Yotsuya
Open noon-7pm. Closed weekdays.
Basically a rabbit pet shop and pet hotel, Floche has set up a tiny cafe area where you can enjoy a coffee break with rabbits in the background. If you want more interaction, there's a playroom area...
Open noon-7pm. Closed weekdays.
Machineko - Cat cafe: Iwamotocho
Open 2-8pm (Sat, Sun noon-8). Closed Tuesdays, Fridays.
The setup at this rescue-cat cafe is quite minimal - a few perches and climbing trees, some lockers and vending machines and a few seats for visitors, a handful of cat-themed magazines and just a few...
Open 2-8pm (Sat, Sun noon-8). Closed Tuesdays, Fridays.
MoCHA - Cat cafe: Akihabara
Open 10am-10pm (enter by 9:30) daily.
With ten branches and counting, this popular chain knows how to deliver a cat-cafe experience to a mass audience. This particular branch seems even larger than average, with plenty of seating so...
Open 10am-10pm (enter by 9:30) daily.
Moff Rell - Rabbit cafe: Akihabara
Open noon-9pm. Closed some Mondays.
The rabbits seem friendlier and more outgoing than average at this small cafe. Perhaps it's a result of the cafe's policy of providing all visitors with a complimentary packet of rabbit snacks upon...
Open noon-9pm. Closed some Mondays.
Akiba Fukurou - Bird cafe: Akihabara
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
This owl cafe in the center of Akihabara has a unique atmosphere - more like a theme-park attraction than an animal cafe. From the outside it looks like a repurposed downtown office, but inside it's...
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Forest of Owl - Bird cafe: Akihabara
Open 2-11pm (Wed 5-11) daily.
Although it just opened in May 2015, the cafe-bar "Forest of Owl" (Auru no Mori) is a game changer. Just pay the Y500 entrance fee and Y200 soft drink charge (a huge choice from a bank of vending...
Open 2-11pm (Wed 5-11) daily.
Neko Jalala - Cat cafe: Akihabara
Open 11am-8pm daily.
JaLaLa distinguish themselves within the competitive cat-cafe world with their choice of exotic breeds such as Abyssinians and Maine Coons, housing a total of 17 cats altogether. Coffee, tea and...
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Neko Maru Cafe Ueno - Cat cafe: Ueno
Open 11am-10pm daily.
There are twenty-six feline residents - many of them rescue cats from a local shelter - at this conveniently located cafe just around the corner from Ueno station. The playroom is furnished with...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Monta - Cat cafe: Asakusa
Open 11am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm). Closed Tuesdays.
This cat cafe in the heart of tourist-filled Asakusa has a limited number of cats - eight at last count - but the staff seem to be good at keeping them engaged with various cat toys and other...
Open 11am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm). Closed Tuesdays.
Tori no Iru Cafe - Bird cafe: Asakusa
Open 1-8pm daily.
The emphasis is on hands-on interaction with dozens of lively birds at this branch of the Tori no Iru Cafe. Located in a basement in touristy Asakusa, the cafe offers two very different experiences:...
Open 1-8pm daily.
Nekoen - Cat cafe: Asakusa
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
It's not the biggest or most populous cat cafe in town, but the vivacious, outgoing (and English-speaking) proprietor helps make this a comfortable spot to hang out for an hour. Asakusa Nekoen ("Cat...
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Hawkeye - Bird cafe: Oshiage
Open 1-7pm. Closed Mon, Thu.
Billed as a "raptorial photo and snack bar," Hawkeye offers a dozen raptors, both hawks and owls, for visitor photo sessions (including pictures with the nearby Tokyo Skytree in the background). You...
Open 1-7pm. Closed Mon, Thu.
Neko Maru Cafe East - Cat cafe: Kinshicho
Open noon-10pm daily.
The spacious playroom at Neko Maru East is pleasantly scruffy, filled with baskets and cardboard boxes, perches and multi-story miniature houses that are well-used by the resident 33 cats. Visitor...
Open noon-10pm daily.
Temari no Ouchi - Cat cafe: Kichijoji
Open 10am-7:30pm (LO) daily.
Typical of Tokyo's second wave of cat cafes, Temari no Ouchi strives to create a destination "relaxation space" for visitors rather than just a place to play with cats for half an hour. Kick back...
Open 10am-7:30pm (LO) daily.
Calico - Cat cafe: Kichijoji
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The best thing about Calico, one of Tokyo's very first cat cafes, is that there are plenty of cats to go around - some 24 at last count. Perhaps because of the high cat-to-human ratio, the cats here...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Falconer's Cafe - Bird cafe: Mitaka
Open 1-7pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Located just down the block from the Ghibli Museum, this cafe features a large glassed-in aviary space housing the owner's falcons, hawks and owls. The shop attracts a community of Tokyo...
Open 1-7pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Kotori Cafe Kichijoji - Bird cafe: Mitaka
Open 10:30am-6pm. Closed 3rd Tuesday.
Some two dozen finches, parakeets and other small birds are in residence at this second, smaller branch of Omotesando's Kotori Cafe, located right across the street from the Ghibli Museum. The birds...
Open 10:30am-6pm. Closed 3rd Tuesday.
Dog Heart - Animal cafe: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 11am-7pm daily.
A pack of happy, tail-wagging pups greeted us in boisterous fashion upon our arrival at Dog Heart, letting us know that we'd be in for a lively afternoon at one of Tokyo's more gregarious animal...
Open 11am-7pm daily.
Ohisama - Rabbit cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open noon-4:30, 5:30-8pm daily.
Unlike most rabbit cafes in town, Ohisama serves full meals. Y2300 gets you a pasta dish, salad, small dessert, drink and 90 minutes of rabbit time. If you just want coffee, the cover charge is...
Open noon-4:30, 5:30-8pm daily.
Cateriam - Cat cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11am-9pm (Sat, Sun 10-9:30) daily.
With its spacious, comfortable lounge area, Cateriam is a pleasant place to relax over tea and scones or a glass of wine. While there are only a few perches, the room is well furnished with...
Open 11am-9pm (Sat, Sun 10-9:30) daily.
Usagi no Ehon - Rabbit cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 1-6pm. Closed Mondays, Thursdays.
Even among Tokyo's animal cafes, Usagi no Ehon (Rabbit Picturebook) pushes the twee end of the scale, with dozens of children's picture books lining the walls, shelves lined with bunny-themed...
Open 1-6pm. Closed Mondays, Thursdays.
Ra.a.g.f - Rabbit cafe: Jiyugaoka
Open noon-7:30pm (Sat, Sun 11am-8pm). Closed Thursdays.
The larger of the two branches of this popular rabbit cafe, Ra.a.g.f Jiyugaoka has around two dozen rabbits of various breeds for visitors to play with and feed. Seating is on cushions on the floor,...
Open noon-7:30pm (Sat, Sun 11am-8pm). Closed Thursdays.
Tori no Iru Cafe - Bird cafe: Kiba
Open 1-10pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Enjoy the company of owls and parrots while sipping your herb tea and snacking on owl-shaped cookies and coffee jellies. They also offer a selection of beers and wines that feature birds of prey on...
Open 1-10pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Neko no Mise - Cat cafe: Machida
Open noon-10pm daily.
Run by a cat-welfare organization, Neko no Mise is a pleasant and reasonably priced place to drop by for a short coffee break or a relaxing afternoon. There are plenty of comfortable seats in the...
Open noon-10pm daily.
Omusubi - Cat cafe: Yokohama Sta.
Open 1-8pm. Closed some Thursdays.
This rescue-cat cafe had around ten cats in residence when we visited, although the number may vary depending on new arrivals and adoptions. Some of these former stray cats are still shy around...
Open 1-8pm. Closed some Thursdays.
Yokohama Subtropical Teahouse - Animal cafe: Yokohama Kannai
Open 11am-8pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Lizards, tortoises, snakes and other reptiles - plus the odd amphibian - are the main attraction at this charming animal cafe. There's no cover charge per se, but you're expected to order a beverage...
Open 11am-8pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Miysis - Cat cafe: Yokohama Kannai
Open noon-7pm (LO) daily.
The twenty resident cats here include a couple of Scottish Folds, a short-legged Munchkin, and a very fluffy Siberian along with some less exotic breeds. Cover charge starts at Y1300 for 70 minutes,...
Open noon-7pm (LO) daily.
T-Cat - Cat cafe: Yokohama Bashamichi
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Mondays.
Open since February 2017, T-Cat is a friendly rescue-cat cafe with around fifteen resident cats, give or take. There were a lot of younger cats when we visited, and they were especially playful and...
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Mondays.
Mfmf - Cat cafe: Yokohama Nihon-Odori
Open noon-8pm (from 10am on holidays) daily.
When we visited in Autumn 2017 the playroom here was full of tiny kittens play-fighting and chasing each other around, making for a very energetic cat-cafe experience. The seventeen resident cats...
Open noon-8pm (from 10am on holidays) daily.
See also our complete coverage of animal cafes at our sister site, AnimalCafes.com
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