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Rabbit cafes

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. Unlike other cafes that allow only one or two...
Ohisama - Rabbit cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
[Open noon-4:30, 5:30-8pm daily.]
More spacious than the average rabbit cafe, Ohisama is divided into a glassed-in play area, where you can feed and pet the bunnies, and a couple of different lounge areas where you can relax over a cup of coffee and peruse rabbit-related manga and...
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 arrival. There are two small playrooms, with two...
Ra.a.g.f - Rabbit cafe: Harajuku
[Open noon-7:30pm (last entry 7pm; weekends 11am-8pm). Closed Fridays.]
Visitors are encouraged to pet, play with and feed the dozen or so rabbits "on staff" at this small backstreet cafe. Several different breeds are represented, and most of them seem to be quite lively (especially compared to typical residents of a...
Floche - Rabbit cafe: Yotsuya
[Open noon-7pm. Closed weekdays.]
[Update: Floche is now open only on weekends and holidays.] 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...
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 filled with bunny-themed knick-knacks and plush toys, and a decor heavily...
Ra.a.g.f - Rabbit cafe: Jiyugaoka
[Open noon-7:30pm (last entry 7pm; weekends 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, at tiny tables in two separate play areas. ...
Usabibi - Rabbit cafe: Ikebukuro
[Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.]
As far as rabbit cafes go, Usabibi is pretty basic - it's just a small room with some rabbits (thirteen in all), a two-person sofa to sit on, a couple of tiny tables on the floor, and a TV monitor up on the wall. The cafe's cover charge starts at...

Bird cafes

Bird Zoo - Bird cafe: Yokohama
[Open 11am-7pm (enter by 6pm) daily.]
This is the second branch of Bird Zoo, a full-immersion parrot-interaction facility run by Kojima pet store. Like the original Chiba branch, it's a very invigorating - at times almost overwhelming - experience, especially if you're there on a...
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 basement cafe in touristy Asakusa. The cafe offers two very different experiences: a quiet moment with ten sleepy owls, and absolute bedlam with a flock of noisy,...
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 visitors are called in by name, given a short safety...
Fukuro no Ouchi - Bird cafe: Sugamo
[Open 1-8pm (Sat, Sun 12-8). Closed Wednesdays.]
The "Owl House" is on a side street off the famous Sugamo shopping arcade, or Granma's Harajuku as it is commonly known. During a recent visit most of the clientele were chatty seniors in their trademark outfits of clashing florals. We took our...
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 a fantasy world of sleepy owls, crystal...
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 siesta. Unlike the other owls who sleep standing on one...
Kotori Cafe - Bird cafe: Omotesando
[Open 11am-7pm daily.]
This unusual cafe is populated by a diverse flock of parrots, parakeets and cockatoos for your bird-watching enjoyment. If you're especially adventurous and want to make friends with a bird or two, after you've finished your coffee or tea you can...
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 machines), and you're set for an unlimited time with...
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 entertainment building, it offers a dozen friendly...
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. Tori no Iru also offers a selection of beers and wines that feature birds of prey on their labels, including three varieties of...
Falconer's Cafe - Bird cafe: Kichijoji
[Open 1-7pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.]
Located just down the block from the Ghibli Museum, this cafe features a large, tile-lined aviary space where you can observe the owner's flock of falcons, hawks and owls. The shop attracts a community of Tokyo bird-lovers, with some customers...
Kotori Cafe Kichijoji - Bird cafe: Kichijoji
[Open 10:30am-6pm. Closed 3rd Tuesday.]
Some two dozen finches, parakeets and other small birds are on display at this second, smaller branch of Omotesando's Kotori Cafe, located right across the street from the Ghibli Museum. The birds occupy a couple of glassed-in areas looking out...
Forest of Owl - Bird cafe: Asakusa
[Open 10am-9pm daily.]
Following the trend of diversifying the population of animal cafes, Forest of Owls features meerkats, snakes, parrots and other small animals in addition to owls. Because of the cafe's setup, though, with just one big room where some of the owls...

Cat cafes

Nekoya - Cat cafe: Omiya
[Open 11am-10pm daily.]
While the cats and kittens here are well taken care of by the solicitous staff, Nekoya also goes out of its way to make human visitors welcome, with comfortable massage chairs, a big library of manga to read, and free WiFi. There's plenty of room...
Miagolare - Cat cafe: Nakano-ku
[Open 11:30am-9:30pm (last entry 9pm). Closed Thursdays.]
Neighborhood cat cafes like this one have a different feel from establishments in bustling shopping zones like Ikebukuro or Harajuku. The cats here seem friendlier and less jaded, and visitors include more regular customers who have gotten to know...
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 about right - while we were there we noticed a few...
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 are especially cute. The little booklet introducing the cats by name also lists an unusual...
Miysis - Cat cafe: Yokohama Kannai
[Open noon-7pm (LO) daily.]
Somehow the residents at Miysis seem friendlier and more playful than the usual cat cafe denizens. Perhaps they're just happier in their environment - the playroom here is a big, sprawling space designed to keep cats content, with lots of carpeted...
Temari no Ouchi - Cat cafe: Kichijoji
[Open 10am-9pm (last entry 8:30) daily.]
Typical of Tokyo's second wave of cat cafes, Temari no Ouchi strives to create a destination "relaxation space" rather than just a place to play with cats for thirty minutes. It bills itself as a "forest of wondrous cats" and the fairtytale decor...
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 lively than your average cat cafe. The medium-size...
Hapineko - Cat cafe: Shibuya
[Open 11am-10pm (LO; -8pm weekends) daily.]
The large-size playroom at "Happy Cat" has a homey, lived-in feeling to it, comfortably furnished with plenty of sofas for visitors and a heated floor mat for the sixteen resident cats. It's very quiet though, and a bit somber - there's no music,...
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 people, and one of the goals of the cafe is to...
T-Cat - Cat cafe: Yokohama Nihon-Odori
[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 athletic when the staff demonstrated the use of...
Mfmf - Cat cafe: Yokohama Kannai
[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 also include some beautiful and exotic breeds to...
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, but there's plenty of comfortable seating and a...
Nekoen - Cat cafe: Asakusa
[Open 11am-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.]
It isn't the biggest or the most populous cat cafe in town, but the vivacious and outgoing proprietor helps make Nekoen (Cat Park) a comfortable spot to hang out for an hour. And it doesn't hurt that they serve alcohol, so you can treat the place...
Tamaneko - Cat cafe: Tama-shi
[Open 11am-8:30pm (last entry 7:30pm). Closed Thursdays.]
Located just behind Sanrio Puroland theme park, this spacious cat cafe is popular with families with small children, especially on weekends. As with most suburban cafes, the resident cats tend to be more outgoing and less jaded here, so don't be...
Hagu Cafe - Animal cafe: Shinjuku Kabukicho
[Open noon-8pm daily.]
Hedgehogs and degus (a fluffy chinchilla-like rodent native to Chile) are the star attractions at this rather specialized animal cafe on the outskirts of Kabukicho. You can choose your favorite hedgehog to play with and feed, and exchange hedgehogs...
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 entertainment. The playroom is nicely furnished with...
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 surrounding area. All in all, it's probably the most...
Neko Maru Cafe Ueno - Cat cafe: Ueno
[Open 11am-10pm daily.]
There are twenty-six feline residents - several 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 climbing trees, lots of empty boxes to explore,...
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 cat toys. There's a radio playing in one corner....
Nekobukuro - Cat cafe: Ikebukuro
[Open 10am-8pm daily.]
While it's not strictly a cat cafe, Cat's House Nekobukuro on the eighth floor of Tokyu Hands in Ikebukuro is the oldest cat petting zoo in town. It's been open since 2000 and draws a crowd of tourists and regulars with its reasonable price,...
Neko no Te - Cat cafe: Chiba Kashiwa
[Open 11am-8pm daily.]
"Hand of the Cat" is one of the most casual cat cafes we've ever been. When we asked how many animals were in residence, we were told the number was around fifteen or twenty, as if it was simply impossible to keep an accurate count. And indeed...
Mocha Takeshita-dori - Cat cafe: Harajuku
[Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm) daily.]
This second Harajuku outlet of the popular cat-cafe chain is one of the only branches that allows young children, so it tends to be popular with younger visitors and their families as well as the usual crowd of cat fanciers. It has a very relaxed...
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 natural wood decor and cool instrumental jazz...
Cateriam - Cat cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
[Open 11am-9pm (Sat, Sun 10-9:30). Closed Mondays.]
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 cardboard boxes, baskets, and large nabe pots for the...
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 seem more relaxed and more pettable than average....
Neko Jalala - Cat cafe: Akihabara
[Open 11am-7:30pm (LO) daily.]
JaLaLa distinguish themselves within the competitive cat-cafe world with their choice of exotic breeds such as Abyssinians and Maine Coons - seventeen in all, including some of the largest housecats we've ever encountered. The long-running shop...
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 seating is comfortable, if a bit scratched up, and...
Melange - Cat cafe: Ebisu
[Open noon-8pm (Fri, Sat -9pm) daily.]
Whoever was responsible for the interior design for "Nyafe 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 glance it looks like an ordinary living...
Nekorobi - Cat cafe: Ikebukuro
[Open 11am-10pm daily.]
One of Tokyo's oldest cat cafes, Nekorobi is a friendly, relaxed spot to hang out, although it's a lot better when it's not crowded, as there are only eleven resident cats to go around. You'll find the usual collection of cat toys, climbing trees,...
Neko no Iru Kyukeijo 299 - Cafe: Ikebukuro
[Open 11am-10pm daily.]
The name translates as "rest spot where there are cats," and this pretty accurately describes the operation here, much better than just calling it a cat cafe. It's a big sprawling room full of people (there were over forty customers on the weekday...
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 that it doesn't seem crowded even when there are a...

Other animal cafes

Dog Heart from Aquamarine - 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 cafes. Unlike the often reserved residents of your...
Sakuragaoka Cafe - Animal 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 and battered tables, and the soundtrack tends...
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, a new animal cafe in the young fashion district of Harajuku, Tokyo, that opened in August 2015. As you enter, you'll find a dozen colorful snakes in clear...
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. While most of the animals are confined to tanks or cages, several giant tortoises cavort around a large play area, where...
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