How To... Tokyo's Amazing Animal Cafes
So how does one experience an animal cafe? Well, this depends on which type you visit. Animal cafes have their own rules to ensure the safety of not only visitors, but also the furry residents. Guests should pay careful attention to the rules of each place. Some cafes offer a “rule book” or at least a sheet of paper explaining the rules. Others will ask visitors to take part in a short explanation of the cafe guidelines before entering. Most cafes will allow visitors to pet and take pictures with their new friends. Some may allow visitors to pick up the animals, but other cafes do not.
Types of Animal Cafes
As mentioned previously, you can find many different types of animal cafes in Japan, especially Tokyo! But generally, three types of animal cafes are most common:
Bird cafes can have owls, falcons, parakeets and more! The kinds of birds at a bird cafe vary from place to place depending on the bird type and temperament. Some places allow visitors to hold and pet the birds, while others only allow you to take pictures.
For me, the biggest challenge of going to an animal cafe is not the rules or language barrier, but the limited time you have when you are visiting! Time flies when you’re having fun, and the staff may be too busy to let you know when your time is almost up. Let’s be honest: How can you not stay with cute cuddly faces all day? Most cafes recommend at least a one-hour stay and offer a reasonable price for that hour. Cafes charge per a certain amount of time, ranging from 10 minutes to two hours. You can decide how long you would like to stay, as long as you keep track of the time. Some cafes even offer tasty food or drinks for you to enjoy while spending fun with the animals.
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