The Top 5 Must-see Pet Cafes in Harajuku
As one ventures through Tokyo streets, countless adventures await. From unique museums to local attractions, the megacity has something to offer for everyone. Harajuku is one area that embraces the idea of adventure, comprised of interests to satiate all who visit. Some of the marquee locations available to the public are the pet cafes. Animals of all types harbor inside the walls of these themed establishments, giving customers a worthwhile experience. For first-timers, the amount of activity going on in the area can be overwhelming, so this article will try to help you navigate around. Here are a few of the best animal cafés we at Taiken Japan recommend you visit.
1. Tokyo Snake Center
Are you a reptile lover? Then you absolutely cannot miss a trip to the Tokyo Snake Center. Home to dozens of different species, you have the opportunity to spend your afternoon with some of the world’s most misunderstood creatures. When you first walk in, you’ll be greeted by friendly staff who would direct you to a shelf where several snakes are contained in miniature display cases. From there, you can choose a scaly companion to accompany you to your table. Light menu fare is served with an assortment of food and drinks to whet the appetite. Feel free to check out the other snakes on display whenever you want. Don’t worry, the snakes are well-kept and are treated with the utmost care. Depending on the day, the lineup of friendly serpents will change, so feel free to come back as many times as you like.
2. Owl Village
Spend time with some of your feathered friends as you embark on a journey into Owl Village. According to the official website, the theme restaurant seeks to create an environment where you can interact with owls "in a relaxed state". Western adages revere the bird as a keeper of knowledge, a being that has the foresight to see what others simply cannot. Perhaps spending time with one of these majestic creatures can grant you the same feeling. At the Harajuku location, there are two-course options for you to enjoy. The standard course where you order a drink of your choice, followed by 35 minutes of interaction time with one of the owls. The full course offers light meal options to accompany your drink, followed by the same amount of time to interact with your avian buddies. The drink menu contains various sodas and juices, as well as an assortment of alcohol options. Language barriers are a non-issue, as the staff is used to interacting with foreigners from all over the world.
3. Teacup Poodle Café
Have you always wanted a dog but wasn’t sure if the experience is right for you? Then mosey on down to the Teacup Poodle Café in Harajuku. Like the title says, you have the opportunity to spend your afternoon with cute companions that make even the most calloused of hearts glow with warmth. The concept of the café is simple; order a drink and take in the sights and sounds of puppies running around the space. The youthful exuberance of the little dogs calms the soul, as the patrons who frequent the café leave with a sense of joy. Despite the name, if you are a fan of the Shiba Inu, then you’re in luck! You can find a furry Mame Shiba (or two) amongst the pack of poodles gallivanting about the theme restaurant. Like many other animal cafes, there is a time limit to how long you can stay, so be sure to get all quality time you can with your new companions.
4. Bunny Café Harajuku
If snakes, owls, or dogs do not tickle your fancy, have a go at the bunny café. Known as the Ra.A.G.F. (pronounced "rafu") Café, this shop with its peculiar name harbors around 20 different furry hares that can soften even the hardest of dispositions. Short time courses are 30 minutes for 900 yen, while the standard option runs 60 minutes for 1200 yen. There are options to extend your time per half hour for an additional 600 yen in case you fall in love with the little critters. You have the opportunity to feed the bunnies as well, so feel free to ask the staff if you have any questions on how to proceed. Rest assured, the talent will enjoy all the snacks you generously provide!
5. Capybara, Ferret, and Meerkat Café
Looking for something more exotic? Experience a mini safari right in the heart of a metropolis as you get up close and personal with a variety of cute animals that are sure to warm your heart for days to come. Referred to as the Harajuku Kawaii Zoo, you have the chance to imbibe on thirst-quenching refreshments while in the presence of animals best suited for a Lion King live-action movie. As one of the newer shops in the area, Kawaii Zoo seeks to leave a mark on the animal café scene by offering a unique adventure into the world an entire continent away. Only beverages are served here, so be sure to come after a nice meal to enjoy your experience to the fullest. Located near Takeshita Street, you’ll be right in the middle of all the action. Admission is 1400 yen for adults and 1100 for children under 15 years of age.
If you’re looking to spend an afternoon with some new friends of a different species, look no further than a few of the animal-themed cafes in Harajuku. Whether scaly, fluffy, or furry, there is an adventure waiting for you around the corner. Tasty food, delectable drinks, and fantastic company. What more could one ask for? Have your cake and eat it too when you visit a few of the best animal cafes in Tokyo.