I love cats and I love eating so why not combine the two ? That is exactly what a cat cafe does. Combining cute cats and cute cafes to make a space that is very unique. While cat cafes are just starting to take off in the US here in Japan they are all the rage.
Visiting Calico Cat Cafe in Tokyo
The world’s first cat cafe opened in Taipei, Taiwan in 1998. Soon it became a favorite tourist destination. But cat cafés truly took off when they made their way to Japan. Tokyo is now home to a ton of cat cafes which are popular with tourist and locals. Due to strict housing rules a lot of locals are not able to have pets.
So coming to a cat cafe is a way they can still interact with these cuddly buddies.
Visiting a cat cafe was like SUPER high on my list. We attempted to visit three different cat cafes which were ALL closed. I am only slightly embrassed to say that after the third failed attempt I actually was on the verge of crying and throwing a hissy fit.
Luckily we found one and I was okay!
Calico Cafe is on the 6th floor of a building you wouldn’t suspect cats to be in. They are great and explain everything to you and have sheets in english with rules and facts. You then wash your hands, slip into slippers and put your belongs into a locker.
I really appreciated how clean and tidy everything was!
I was surprised but just how many cats there were. All kinds of cats too. There was two levels with the bottom level offering drinks and light food for humans and treats for the cats. I suggest you get treats so that you can lure the kitties to you. The cats are all super mellow and sleepy heads. We stayed here for about 40 minutes and even Ashley (who doesn’t exactly like cats) enjoyed her time.
Visiting a cat cafe is a must for any animal lover in Tokyo
10:00 am – 22:00 pm (open everyday, no holidays)
Cover charge for 1 hour: 1,000 yen (weekdays), 1,200 (weekends/ holidays)
Extension charge for 10 additional minutes: 150 yen
Drinks: 200 yen
Cat food: 300 yen
1-16-2 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Fuji Building, 6th and 5th floor (entrance on the 6th floor)