Certainly by now many (most?) people have heard of Japan's unique cat cafes (which have now lead to other types of pet cafes). These are like regular cafes, offering lounge seating, reading materials, atmosphere and beverages. But what makes them so special is the access to free range kitties! While you enjoy your drink you can observe and pet some cats. It's very relaxing and an especially clever system for a city like Tokyo where it's more difficult to keep pets.
|Cat Cafe Nekorobi's entrance decorated for Halloween|
When entering a cat cafe you will pay your entrance fee that typically includes one beverage, and an hour of time in the cafe. Time and rates vary between cafes. You will also change into slippers and stow your personal items in a locker. Some cafes offer a variety of drinks or snack items which you order as you like, but at Nekorobi drinks are free (included in fee you could also say) from a vending machine.
What I like about Nekorobi in particular is the cleanliness of it. The design of the room is very airy and open, and the cat smell is minimal. I have been to some cafes in which the smell is overpowering upon entering. The staff is also a bit more friendly than usual, though I have found staff generally just stays out of the way. Here they take many photos of their cats for their blog throughout the day so sometimes you can watch a cute photoshoot.
|The staff set up these cute dolls on this cat hehe|
|He's like "This is my donut cushion, back off..."|
Have you been to a cat cafe?? Do you have a favorite?