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Visiting a cat cafe in Tokyo

Come to think of it… the last Tokyo trip for me is like a trip to fulfill whatever it is that I’ve been wanting to do but haven’t done in Tokyo, like going to a cat cafe.

What’s up with cat cafes?

So what’s a cat cafe? It’s where you get to have a cup of latte at cafe and be surrounded by a bunch of good looking cats that you can play with. It’s a popular thing in Japan — the Japanese go to cat cafes to spend some time and give love to their feline friends, since they’re either too busy to be having pets at home or faced with too many restrictions to owning pets in their residential areas.

Deciding on a cat cafe

Before deciding on a cat cafe to visit, I read A guide to Tokyo’s best cat cafes, narrowed down my options. Here’s things that you’ll need to consider:

  • Location – Good accessibility
  • Opening hours – Opens when you’re planning to go
  • Charges – Some cafes charge you a cover fee (per 1/2 hour), while some charge you only for the drinks you order.

The cat cafe we visited

I decided to go to Calaugh Cafe because 1) they open every day, 2) was located very near the Asakusa Tokyo Metro station and 3) because there was no cover charge for the 1st hour — all we needed to do was get a drink.

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Calaugh Cafe is like a proper cafe. Its concept makes you feel like you’re in Starbucks. Dark walls, sofas and spotlights. There are 8 cats which live in the cafe and on the walls you’d see pictures of each, posing majestically. They’re gorgeous and healthy.

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There were bookshelves filled with comics. So if your companion isn’t into cats, he/she can go read manga at a corner.

When we sat down, the cafe attendants handed us a sheet which contained all the rules inside the cat cafe e.g. disinfecting hands before touching cats — make sure you read this thoroughly!

Ordered our drinks.

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Most of the cats were sleeping when we arrived.

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The ones awake came to our seats to smell Reza’s shoes for a couple of minutes (we still don’t know why!) and would run around and do their business i.e. running and jumping around pointlessly.

The baristas, seeing how sombong the cats were, lovingly grabbed Miki at let us carry him. Miki likes it when people pat his back. Or butt.

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Then there was Fran Fran. Reza was totally smitten with this one:

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Oh my. What glorious fur you have!!!

Tried playing with this blue-eyed baby with the toys the cafe provided. Most of the time, halfway, he malas layan I. Probably thinks he’s too cun for games.

Before we knew it, our time was up sighhh.

Overall experience? I think it’s OK. The drinks and service were very good. The cats were gorgeous. It would’ve been better if all of them were awake, then we’d have more chance to play!

Learn more about Calaugh Cafe. If you like their Facebook or follow them on Twitter you’ll get a discount I think.

Getting there

Get down at the Asakusa station of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. The cafe is located on the 2nd floor of a building, watch out for its sign!

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    mimzy
    January 28, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    I opted for the cat street in Tokyo as I didn’t wanna spend money on expensive cat cafe. But….all the cats were hiding during my visit to the street. Such a bummer. I’m so gonna go to Tashirojima island to make it up to my failed mission T-T

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      Miasuraya
      February 13, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      Cat street lol. Well, if it makes you feel better, 6 out of 9 cats at the cafe I went to was asleep. It’s pure luck!

      (Or maybe there’s a strategy that I’m not aware of.)

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