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The Best Animal Cafes in Tokyo

There is more to Tokyo than just neon lights and out-of-this world street fashion. Dig under the surface and you will find there are plenty of unique experiences to be had in Japan’s ever changing capital. One of the most popular and probably the one that represents Japan’s kawaii culture like nothing else is the amazing array of animal cafes on offer. These fun places allow you to meet, touch and play with some of the cutest animals on the planet. If you are an animal lover, add these five great animal cafes to your bucket list for Tokyo. 

HARRY Hedgehog Café

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Is there anything cuter than a hedgehog? I don’t think so. This cosy café in Harajuku is home to some adorable hedgehogs that fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. The café has self-serve tea and coffee, and you can also bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks, but the main star of the show are the spiny balls of cuteness to be found inside. If you like what you see, you can even buy one for about 30,000 yen to take home with you, but don’t do it on a whim as hedgehogs need special care and commitment to look after. 

Open: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Fee: 1,400 yen / 30 minutes

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Cat Café Temari no Ouchi

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Cat Café Temari no Ouchi Is a fairy tale world of cats in Kichijoji only 5 minutes on foot from JR Kichijoji Station. This unique café is home to approximately 30 felines and is a must for any cat lover in Tokyo. You can touch and play with the cute kittens with no time limit while enjoying some of the cafe’s unique drinks and delicious sweets. This place is super popular, so if you want to visit on weekends or a public holiday, it is best to book in advance. 

Open: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Fee: 1,200 yen (weekdays), 1,600 yen (weekends & holidays), 700 yen (after 7pm)

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Ms. Bunny 

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Located just off the busy main street of Roppongi is a stylish little café that is home to a large collection of rare rabbit breeds. These cuddly rabbits will steal your heart away and there are even a few hedgehogs thrown in for some extra cuteness. Unlike most cafes, the bunnies are kept in their cages most of the time to ensure that they are not too overwhelmed with all the customers. You can hold and play with them for ten minutes at a time, which is just enough time to relax with these fluffy balls of cuteness. 

Open: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Fee: 1,400 yen / 30 minutes

Owl Village in Harajuku

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If your feet are aching from all that shopping in Harajuku, make sure you swing by Owl Village in Harajuku for a little rest and relaxation. This café and bar is the perfect escape from all the crowds with plenty of space to peacefully play or just watch the super cute owls. Rest your tired feet and soak up the traditional feeling of a Japanese café on the tatami mats and let the owls heal you with their magic. 

Open: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Fee: 1,500 yen / 1 hour

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Penguin Bar Ikebukuro

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Looking for a nightspot with a difference? Check out Penguin Bar Ikebukuro for a truly unique night out in Tokyo. This is the only bar in Tokyo (maybe the world?) where you can drink with penguins. There is something mesmerizing about watching the silly antics of these cute seabirds.  Besides the black and white cuties, this bar serves some pretty amazing food and drinks as well with over 100 items on their menu. 

Open: Monday to Sunday from 6:00 PM to 3:00 AM

Fee: 800 yen (service charge)

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