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2014 April 3rd
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The census of 1982 said that 50 percent of Japanese people dislike cats, which might have been saying that rest of the Japanese people love cats?! In 8th century, cats were imported from mainland China to hunt mice/rats. In Heian Period (794 - 1192), there was already a case that people had cats as pet in their houses. Toyotomi Hideyoshi ordered people not to chain cats....... kawaii cat result, Osaka seemed to have no mice/rats at the time. In Tokugawa Samurai Era (1603 - 1867), there was a official notice to encourage people eating cats and dogs while famine occurred, but citizens would not like to eat them. Truth is that in Japanese history, beef and pork were only started consuming by Japanese stomach only after Meiji Restoration, never cats and dogs.
These recent days, especially in Heisei Era (1988 - ), many cafe or salon are opened-up for cat lovers. Followings to welcome you experience love-cat-moment. It is not designed to bring your own cat, but to pad their cats in their properties.
And near Sendai, Ishinomaki, there is a small island where more number of cats are living than human beings. The island is called Tashiro-jima. In Shikoku western Japan, there is another island called Ao-shima in Ehime-ken where 15 people are enjoying cat-life with 100s! One more unique place.......the station master has been assigned to General Cat at Wakayama Dentestu Kishigawa Line , south of Osaka Kansai Airport.
Asakusa Neko-en
This is not pure-blooded cat but so-called Zasshu (mixed-blooded). Just like human beings, there should not be discriminated by blood, color, name of origin (anyway, cat never name each other in cat world?). They are all cute located at 6th floor in one of the Asakusa buildings. Skytree is right in front of you over the window.
Map Located in a middle of downtown called Asakusa, it is convenient for you to visit the cat world before/after Sensouji Temple, Tokyo Sky Tree as well as Tokyo River Cruise on Sumida River. Open 11:00 - 21:00 except Tuesdays and Holidays. The page says that 11:00 - 14:00 and 19:00 - 21:00 are not busy so you might be able to occupy all the cats they have?! It is JPY800 for 1st hour. Discount applies if longer hour you stay.
The newest in Asakusa. This page introduces you their "CASTs".
Map Located in a center of Asakusa, bartime (18:00 - 22:00) also opens as well as cafe hour (11:00 - 18:00).
Neko-maru Cafe (in Ueno and in Kinshicho)
Asakusa is right in the middle location of Ueno and Kinshicho, so you may have headache to choose which one to go. Actually there is a 3-hour-package-deal with which you may enjoy 2 hours in Ueno and 1 hour in their East Branch (in Kinshicho). It is about 10 minutes JR ride from Ueno to Kinshicho (waiting trains, transfer times, not counted). The Pack-Plan costs JPY2,200 for weekdays, JPY3,500 for weekends. Open hour is various, but 12:00 - 19:00 is definately opened. The cheapest Weekday-Try-Out costs JPY350 for the first 15 minutes (not available for weekends), Weekday-Try-Out costs JPY700 for the first 30 minutes (weekends costs JPY800).
Map Ueno is their first opened branch, and their head office, has more cats to pad. This page introduces you their "STAFFs" with pictures and profiles. There is also an "exclusive service" you may rent whole floor by yourself at extra cost. Please contact them in advance.
Nyanda Cafe (in Odaiba, Tokyo Bay)
Odaiba is direct accessable by ferry on Sumida-gawa from Asakusa. Their route map is at this page.  And this cat cafe has one of the biggest floor space in Tokyo, about 600 square meters, with unique pink cat gate. JPY1,200 for the first 1 hour.
Map Google map is in the link (just below their original map in Japanese), but you may find your scenic way on Yurikamome, too.
Calico (in Shinjuku and in Kichijoji)
If you were staying in west side of downtown Tokyo (Ikebukuro, Shinjuku, Shibuya), you may find Calico (pronounce as Kya-li-ko, Kya is in Cat without T sound) is much convenient. Basic price is JPY1,000 for weekdays (JPY1,200 for weekends) per hour per person for either branches.
Map This Kichijoji branch is a good mixture to Ghibli Museum to make your day fulfilled. Feel the wind on Cat Bus in Totoro by Miyazaki Hayao animetion, they you must try this cat cafe. They are not linked by management, but cat fan links both places by heart!
Not a fan of CAT? How about Rabbit? or even Owl?
Ra.a.g.f (Rough?) (in Harajuku)
Apart from Harajuku, there is also another branch in Jiyugaoka (between Shibuya and Yokohama). Basic price is JPY1,100 per hour per person, or JPY700 per 30 minutes per person.
Map This Harajuku branch is easy access on Ginza Line (Tokyo Metro G Line with orange color). Might as well consider, again, Ghibli Museum to hop on the Cat Bus (maybe it is a rabbit bus!?).
Usagi Cafe Ohisama (the Sun) (in Shimo-Kitazawa)
Easy access from both Shibuya and Shinjuku, Shimokitazawa is very unique town with several universities nearby, therefore, good cafe, nice shop and great atmosphere around. Let's hop around the area (^_^)
Map This shop actually SELLs some LIVING rabbits (with special cage, 20 percent off, wow!?). There is even an insurance covered on rabbit itself, 30 days or 1 year life insurance, no kidding, no hopping!
Usagi no Ehon (a book?) (also in Shimo-Kitazawa)
Yes, easy access (^^) and great place to live in Tokyo!
Map This shop is north side of Shimo-Kitazawa station. Usagi Cafe Ohisama (the Sun) is in the south. Yes, two in one stop.
Candy Fruit Usagi (in Akihabara)
This shop DOES have rabbits. AND, apart from the animal, there are also human beings wearing long ears ready to serve you coffee and sweets. Concept is similar to Maid-Cafe, maybe "made"-cafe???
Map This is right in the center of Otaku Town. If you were in northeast part of downtown, Ueno and Akihabara, very convenient. Tokyo Ryokan is just a short hopping away. Are you interested in hopping around all over Japan? We would like to recommend you J-Hoppers, and more special accommodation lists can be introduced here.
Fukurounomise (shop of owl) (in Tsukishima)
Yes, the night bird owls are welcoming you at her cafe in Tsukishima, which is actually popular and famous for Monja or Monjayaki (Tokyo's Okonomiyaki).
Pix This is right in the middle of no-where in Tsukishima on Toei Subway Oedo Line (E Line). Her address is Tsukishima 1-27-9, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Closed every Mondays and Tusedays. Fu = No, Kurou = Difficulties, therefore, no difficulties in life, have fun (^^)
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