So, what are some of the unique things to do in Tokyo? Oh I know, why not visit a cat cafe!
What’s A Cat Cafe?
It’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a room filled with cats. You pay to play with them (obviously, it depends on the cat if it wants to play with you). And there’s a cafe attached to the premises. After a bit of research, we landed up at a cat cafe in Shinjuku.
Calico Cat Cafe
To start with, one must get an appointment to play with cats at a cat cafe. We landed up on a fairly busy weekend and were only given an appointment for the next morning. Once we arrived, we were asked to properly sanitize ourselves before we entered the room filled with cats.
Unlike dogs, cats really don’t care much for your attention. And most of them really didn’t want to be pet by us. But of course, the moment they smelled food, they became best friends with the person who had food. Cats are jerks!
There isn’t much to say about my experience in a cat cafe. I mean, if you’re not a cat person there’s literally nothing for you to do in a cat cafe. Except maybe grab a coffee. But, it’s something that we had to try out to experience it for ourselves. It wasn’t cheap either. To play with cats, it costs 1,000 yen for 1 hour (1,200 yen on weekends). Fairly steep to have your affection rejected.
If cats aren’t your thing, Tokyo has all types of cafes with animals in them. Rabbit cafes, reptile cafes. We also heard a great deal about owl cafes while we were in Tokyo. All in all, I think it’s a fairly weird idea to have animals in a cafe that you pay for to see or play with. But then again, Tokyo is that kind of a weird place.