One of the most interesting things about the city of Tokyo is that it never runs out of new ideas to offer on the table. Take for example the world of cafes. Now, Japan isn’t a stranger when it comes to taking things up a notch and themes always play a big role when it comes to this. It isn’t short of bizarre yet fascinating cafes. You’ve got maid cafes, butler cafes, manga cafes, and of course, animal cafes. The latter one, which blossomed in early 2004 with a cat cafe as its frontrunner, became so popular that it isn’t just cats anymore but loads of other animals to pet and spend time with. The latest craze is owl cafes.
Owl cafes in Tokyo may sound strange because the owl is mostly associated with anything scary in movies and literature. Granted, owls aren’t your typical animal to pet but the magical world of the wizardry of Harry Potter can explain why it’s so popular with children and adults. Its low growl can probably jolt you but owls are actually sweet and tamed animals. Imagine running your hands on its smooth and almost silky feathers and be able to learn all about owls. To put it simply, owl cafes in Tokyo offer you a certain amount of time to spend with owls while having your caffeine fix. Take a hold of them and take photos with them but always keep in mind to be gentle and sensitive with them because after all, like dogs and cats, owls are also vulnerable and deserve all the love you can offer.
Best Owl Cafes in Tokyo
The idea of the strange pairing of coffee and owls may surprise you but it actually works. There are a lot of owl cafes in Tokyo which you can pay a visit. Get your caffeine fix while being surrounded by these beautiful, magical birds. It can be half an hour to an hour, depending on the cafe. Usually, they take walk-ins but it’s highly recommended to reserve so you can spend hassle-free time with the owls and your coffee. Here’s a definitive guide to some of the best owl cafes in Tokyo.
- Fukuro no Mise (1−27−9, Tsukishima, Chuo, Tokyo; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays) opened in 2012 and is the first owl cafe in the city. The cafe may seem typical in the eyes and a drink is already included in the fee but the sole purpose of this cafe is for you to learn all about owls. The main focus, of course, is the beautiful and different breeds of owls in the cafe. They keep a number of owls which range from large ones that will happily perch on your shoulders or lap and the small, fluffy ones that look like cotton balls with their feathers. At every end of the session, you get to play an activity where you can win items like souvenirs, charms, and toys. Of course, everything is owl-themed.
- Another great owl cafe in the city is Ikefukurou Cafe (5F 1-17-1 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo; open every day). The name of the cafe is a play between the words Ikebukuro and fukurou (owl) and houses more than 20 owls in different breeds. You can pet, interact and take photos with them. The cafe is limited to a drinks menu only but guests hope that they can add a food menu soon. It’s also strongly recommended to reserve online as to they don’t take walk-ins.
- Akiba Fukurou (67 Kanda Neribeicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; open every day) is probably one of the most popular owl cafes in Tokyo. An owl paradise, it houses almost 30 different range of breeds and varieties of owls. They have a picture menu of the owls so you can be familiar with them. The fun thing about this cafe is that you can hold two owls at the same, your choice of breed, but as long as they’re not resting. You can already tell that the people in the cafe take great and utmost care for the beautiful birds and you won’t be disappointed when you pay a visit. Make sure to have your slot reserved since the cafe can only accommodate few guests.
- Another fun owl cafe is Owl no Mori (5F, 4-5-8 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo; open every day). Not only does it gives value for your money but you can actually purchase your own owl in this cafe! Every fee already includes a compulsory drink and you can spend as much time as you want with the owls. The cafe itself has a comfortable and peaceful vibe and is actually great with friends and family. Weekends can be full with guests so a reservation is highly recommendable.
- Owl Village Harajuku (1-21-15, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; open every day) is a rather intimate owl cafe where you can interact up close and personal with the birds. The cafe only holds a certain number of people inside. Guests are given half an hour or more (if you like to extend) to pet the owls and if you want to feed them, you just have to pay an extra small fee. Once you’ve had your fun time with the owls, you can always go down the basement to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea of your choice.
Before you visit an owl cafe, we recommend you to watch this funny video below made by Owl Village Harajuku. It will help you to enjoy it safely.
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