The Most Unique & Best Owl Cafe In Tokyo, Japan
What a hoot! Oh man I love owl puns. Anyways, hello and welcome to my blog post on the most unique and best owl cafe in Tokyo, Japan! Keep scrolling for my full review and honest feedback on the whole experience and how to book yours:)
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Is it ethical?
I always try to be a responsible and respectful traveler wherever I go. You won’t find me riding elephants, stomping on poppies, or petting tranquilized tigers for content.
So when I started looking into experiencing an owl cafe in Japan, I wanted to make sure that I visited the most ethical one where the owls were treated really well. Thanks to the internet & social media I found Akiba Fukurou (translates to Akiba Owl) which only has owls that have been raised by humans from birth and they all get lots of love.
“They’re imprinted on humans as soon as they hatch,” Yabe, the owner, tells us. “Humans are the first thing they see so they grow up used to us.”At night, he takes them all home, for mouse dinners and bedtime.
This owl cafe located in the Akihabara district in Tokyo has about 20 owls inside but you can’t hold or interact with all of them whenever you want. They have signs that tell you when it’s their “nap time” so they can have their space which is how it should be! 🙂 So yes, it is ethical, and yes, you should care.
This little owl on the right, his name is Sweet Potato and he was my FAVORITE!
Once you’re in you can’t make any sudden movements, loud noises, or take flash photos. Find an owl you vibe with and then the sweet caretakers will carefully perch the owl on you. You have an hour to look at, pet with one finger, and hold a few owls with the help of the owl handlers. This whole experience was oddly therapeutic and the definition of cute.
At the end of the hour, the owl caretakers gave us a laminated photo of us holding the owls which was the sweetest touch! I can’t stand when places charge extra for these kinds of photos, so I thought it was really thoughtful and refreshing.
Some things to know ahead of time
- Even though it’s called an “owl cafe” there is no food or drinks inside which is probably for the best.
- Owls are very sensitive to sound so please be respectful and quiet once inside the owl cafe.
- The owls might poop on you so be prepared! If you’re wearing a glove you don’t have to worry, but they are animals so don’t freak out if they do. I saw a girl who let an owl go on her head and then it pooped on her, so maybe don’t let them go on your head if that’s a concern haha.
- Sweet Potato was my favorite owl! He’s the smallest and most spunky of the bunch in my opinion. Joe held Mr. President who was very regal, calm, and beautiful.
- I recommend that you book this ahead of time because space is very limited and they’re on a tight schedule. I booked through their website by clicking here.
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Name: Akiba Fukurou Owl Cafe
(English: 67 Kanda Neribeichō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0022, Japan)
Price: 1,500 JPY which is $15 USD for 1 hour visit
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