Visiting a Cat Cafe – Tokyo, Japan

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A Purring Good Time at a Cat Café Japan

My daughter loves cats. She’s a cat lady. A young cat lady, but still a cat lady. So, it made purrfect sense, along with some of the other Tokyo gems we were visiting while in Japan, like some themed restaurants, The Grand Sumo Tournament, and the Tsukiji Fish Market,  to head to a Tokyo cat cafe.

A Japanese couple plays with two cats at this cat café in Tokyo

Visiting a cat café Japan should be on everyone’s bucket list. What can be more fun than playing with these felines, taking lots of photos, and giving them lots of treats.

Devon had it all planned; it was on her i-phone. We walked, and walked, and walked…around and around, because guess what? Tokyo has no lack of big, tall buildings, buildings that block satellite reception. Yep!

But the dedicated cat people we are, we persevered, asked numerous people, and finally arrived at Cat Heaven! Well, I think it was actually called Calico Cat, but it’s a cat heaven none-the-less.

Devon and two cats at the Calico Cat Café in Tokyo

Devon doling out her chickenesque cat treats in exchange for a quick pat on the head at this amazing cat café Japan.

Calico Cat Café in Shinjuku, Tokyo

The cat café was located on the 5th and 6th floor, but you had to enter on the 6th floor and pay. Yes you pay to walk in. 1,000 yen per person for one hour. 1,000 yen. That’s about $10.75 American.    You can walk in the door of this exclusive cat café , whether you plan to interact with the cats or not. What does it come with you ask? Nothing. No cat pets, not cat treats. Nothing. It pays for your entry.

I’ve certainly paid more for an experience, so hey, no problem. Well, like many “experiences” we found out that if you really want to eat at the cat café , you must do so behind a glass booth, but tea in the cat room is okay. Their big seller, though , was the Chicken Snack.  With the a bowlful of chickeny goodness, you had some hope for getting to actually pet a cat.  These snacks are not meant for humans, but for the cats!    Those spoiled, rotten…! I was getting hungry, can you tell!

Cat Cafe Tokyo

The upstairs room of the cat café, complete with cute cat houses, a cat tree…and TV! Relax!

It’s Japan, so we walk in, take off our shoes, find a suitable locker for them, wash our hands so as not to spread germies on the kitties, and meander through the place.  On the top floor, the one room with cats is lined with more lockers for coats, handbags, cat snatcher kits, who knows. There’s a lot of storage in this place. There are a few pillows tossed willy-nilly around the floor, a cat tree near the entryway, and a huge TV in the middle of the wall. Of course there were Japanese cartoons on, and plenty of cats roaming around pretending they didn’t want any attention. That is unless you were carrying the chicken!

A gray tabby cat

What’s not to love? This beauty smiles as she watches the humans come in, go to the counter, buy her some chicken treats, and bring them to her. A cat’s life in a cat café Tokyo is the one for her!

The real action was on the lower floor. As you come down the stairs, it opens into a larger room, with couches along the walls (much more suited to American bodies. That floor-sitting is not for me!) There are plenty of people here like the two cute couples seemingly on dates, and the most interesting of all, the one and only Calico Café  cat whisperer!

Two Floors of Cuddling at this Cat Café Japan

This guy had his routine down. The cats knew him. He apparently comes in often, with his newspaper and sudoku. He buys a few tins of chickeness and spreads the wealth, so the cats have to learn a little patience. He was courted. He was slept with. He had cats all over him. And he knew it! As the rest of us called,  whistled, cajoled, and pathetically offered our bits of over-cooked chicken, he smiled inwardly (maybe a little outwardly) knowing he was the King of the Cat Castle. I don’t know his name, but I’ll bet there’s one in every cat café this side of Tokyo.

Cat Café Tokyo and the cat whisperer

The Wise One. The Cat Whisperer. Watch and Learn!


More cat café Japan photos:

Cat cafés in Tokyo might be a little pricey, but this girl is very inviting as she holds her cat sign.

Sign girl hoping you’ll enter the ever-happy cat café Japan! It’s cold outside, and it’s only 1,000 yen per hour to cuddle the felines…why not?



A young couple pat 2 cats at the Cat Café Tokyo

My favorite photo. So, so Japanese. I imagine her saying, “Here we are on our first date. I’ve already got my allergies working overtime, and my boyfriend brings me to an itchy cat café!” Japan is full of fun things to do!

Cat café Japan - Girl feeds strange looking, short-legged feline

Ernestine feeds a cat with unusually short legs some chicken. I think she’ made a friend for life…erm, maybe until the chicken runs out.

Cat café Tokyo - a yellow tabby lounging on a cat toy

This is the life!

Here’s how you find the Calico Cat Café Tokyo:

Google Map of Calico Cat Café Japan

Map to Calico Cat Café

If cats aren’t your thing, then you can always go to an animal café where you can cuddle dogs, turtles, rabbits, owls, and even capybaras!  I know, right?!

Have you ever been to a cat café Tokyo?  What other cat cafés Japan have you been to? How about other places?

Pin Cat Café Tokyo for later!

Kitty cuddles galore! Is a cat café Japan on your bucket list? It should be!

Kitty cuddles galore! Is a cat café Japan on your bucket list? It should be!

Kitty cuddles galore! Is a cat café Japan on your bucket list? It should be!

About the Author

Corinne Vail is a world traveler, writer, photographer, speaker, and teacher. Looking for the quirky and unusual as well as the best food around the world, she has traveled all her life. She’s lived in Turkey, England, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the Netherlands and visited over 90 countries with her family. Learn more about Corinne and Reflections Enroute on the About page.

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  1. I am quite jealous of your cat cafe visit! When I first arrived in Tokyo, exhausted from the long flight from Colorado, the people we met up with wanted to do something before we took a night bus to northern Japan. We decided to go to a cat cafe that our friends knew of. So we walked on our sore, complaining feet, dragging our heavy luggage, through the overwhelming district of Akihabara. All this, only to discover that the cafe was closed. We didn’t even bother with anything else, we just waited for our bus to come. I hope I get to visit one of these. This must have been a while ago, for you, because 1,000 yen is certainly much more than $4 these days! It’s more like $13.00.

    1. Hi Candace. Actually, it was only a couple of weeks ago…I made a mistake. I probably dropped the 1 and was trying to write $14. But thanks for catching it. So sorry to hear you didn’t make it to one. One visit was enough for me, but it was a fun experience!

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