In this pleasant café overlooking Yoyogi Park, you’ll remove your shoes, don cat ears and slippers. In a bright, clean room full of Scottish folds, Maine coons and other friendly kitties, kids and adults can pet, brush and play with (look for the toy tin near the giant plate-glass window) new friends.
Like cats all over the world, these kitties particularly love those who feed them – snacks are a few hundred yen extra, and earn (momentary) devotion toward their new BFF. It’s worth the expense, but may be overwhelming for younger children.
Daily feeding time is at 10:30 and 7:30, and is a mass mess of bowls, hungry cats and remarkable organization by the café’s staff. For an extra fee, all-you-can drink beverages are self-serve in the hallway, and include sodas, coffee and tea.
Certain guidelines exist – such as not chasing, picking up and otherwise tormenting the cats, who may want to loll on the café’s towering, ceiling-height tree. So the café may be best for children aware of cat protocol.
When you’ve had your fill of felines, return your slippers to a self-sterilizing machine, pay up and wave goodbye – but don’t forget to turn in the ears. We left with one child still wearing a pair.