Main Highlight: Hedgehog Cafe
No fanciful teatime cafe, no boardgames cafe, no cyber cafe – the most recent trend has diverted its attention to Animals Cafe where you can actually interact directly with cute animals while enjoying your afternoon coffee. This is a rare one – Hedgehog Cafe. The one that I went to was located in Harajuku (website).
It was my first time holding a hedgehog, honestly their spikes can get be a little scary especially when they are not in a good mood. But when you hold them, stroke them in your hands, you just cant stop adoring them cute expressions.
Unlike a usual cafe, there was no tables and chairs, I was seated around the “bucket bed” housing many tiny hedgehogs – there are cases where you might share the same area with people you don’t know. Drinks are self-service and just one button press from the Drinks vending machine. There are counter areas as well and I thought that has more privacy.
Where: 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 1 Chome−13−21 (map)
Nearest Station: Harajuku Station (1 min walk away)
Operating Hours: 12pm – 8pm (last entrance at 7pm)
Basic cost: 1400yen for 30 mins, with one free drink, time extension possible , 1630yen if you want to feed the hedgehogs with worm-snacks)
Other Animal Cafes (reservations are recommended)
Name: Cat Cafe Mocha (website)
Locations: 7 branches in Tokyo, Other areas including Osaka, Nagoya, Kyoto. Image on the left – Tokyo IKEBUKURO (map)
Operating Hours: 10AM – 10PM (last entrance at 9:30pm)
Entrance fee: from 200yen~
Penguin Bar Ikebukuro
Name: Penguin Bar Ikebukuro (website)
Location: 〒170-0014 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Ikebukuro, 2 Chome−38−2, COSMY (map)
Operating Hours: 6pm – 4am (next day), age restriction for entry after 10pm
Cost: drinks & food 4500 yen onwards~
Take a peak here! Live video: Click here!
Name: Akiba Fukurou (website)
Location: 〒101-0022 Kanda Neribeichō 67 (map)
Operating Hours: 12pm – 7pm, closed every Tuesday (reservation only: check the official website for timeslots)
Basic cost: 1500yen / hour
Name: Falconer’s Cafe (website)
Location: Chome-11 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tōkyō-to 181-0013 (map)
Operating Hours: 1pm – 7pm (closed on Monday and Tuesday)
Basic cost: from 1000yen~