|CAT CAFE NEKO CAFE
|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.......
|in 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 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
|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.
|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 ffrom Ueno to Kinshicho (waiting
trains, transfer times, not counted). The
Pack-Plan costs JPY2,100 for weekdays, JPY3,150
for weekends. Open hour is various, but 12:00
- 19:00 is definately opened. The cheapest
Weekday-Try-Out costs JPY315 for the first
15 minutes, additional 15 minutes would cost
JPY263 (per person).
|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"
rent whole floor by yourself
at extra cost.
Please contact them in
|Calico co.ltd. (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 per hour per person for
|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!