Cat cafe? Naaah… Boring. Bring them owls in!
Tokyo is famous for this type of cafes where instead of drinking and eating food you pet animals. It’s fairly difficult to have a pet of your own in Japan due to small living space, hence such invention, which has quickly become the thing here.
Majority of cafes introduce lifeless cats that aren’t willing to play with you and only come to you if you hold some food from over the counter. Personally I don’t think cats unique. Definitely not interesting enough for me to pay hourly to enjoy some time with them. It is very common to have a cat in the place I come from. Myself, friends and neighbours they all have them.
For those reasons I dived into cafe themes to find something intriguing and to face a new experience. I chose owls, because the only owl I “saw” was one in the Winnie Pooh. The idea of looking a few of them in the eyes excited me!
I went to one located in Akihabara named Forest of Owls. Initially I visited the place without a reservation and got declined the entry, so I made a booking right away and today got in without any issues. I recommend to phone them or see in person to make a reservation to save you disappointment.
Entry costs 890 yen for an hour (you can’t stay longer than that) and you are allowed to take unlimited pics and videos with owls, hold them and pet them with the back of hand. The price also includes one drink from a vending machine.
Before you enter you get your hands disinfected and belongings dropped in the corner. The room is very small, so that’s only reasonable to do!
Staff was very friendly, trying to explain a few interesting facts about owls in English such as animals’ name or age. If you want an owl to seat on your hand, kindly ask them for help and in no time you will be given a new friend.
Owls, as expected, aren’t that interactive but it’s the only chance to observe them so closely and even touch them! Highly recommended.