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An Owl Café in Akihabara

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Yes, you read the title correctly. A couple of weeks ago, I went to an owl café named Akiba Fukurou in Akihabara, Tokyo. Click here to go on their website.

Japan is pretty famous for their cat cafés, those places where you pay for the number of hours you spend there sipping on your coffee while playing with cats. I like all animals, so of course I had to go to a couple of those cat cafés.

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A cat café in Kawagoe (Saitama) called “Neko Katsu”. I really liked that place because it seemed like all the cats were once stray cats, but were now living in that comfortable place.

But an owl café? Now, that’s a first. I had never heard about a place where I could drink and pet owls at the same time. Not only could we pet them, but we could take them on our outstretched arm. It was very impressive to feel the powers of their claws, and then gaze into their big adorable eyes.

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Look at those eyes! ❤

How it works: if you want to visit the Akiba Fukurou, you have to make a reservation on their website. Don’t worry, there is an English version, so if you don’t speak Japanese, it’s all right. The reservation is made by e-mail. You choose the day, and then the time you want to go. You can’t stay more than an hour, and the fee is 1,500 yen (which is roughly 15$) including a free drink. It’s quite expensive in my opinion, but it’s also not something you can do everyday. It was the first time I could see an owl from that close and touch them.

Be careful, though: sometimes, the owl can pee/poop on you when you least expect it! Nothing happened to me, but my friend was not as lucky, as the two owls she held pooped on her. The staff is very helpful though, and they will give you wiped towels if you ever need it.

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There are many owls in Akiba Fukurou, from very small to big ones.

I recommend going there, it was a very nice experience — if you’re not afraid of owls, that is. Although I wonder if it’s really good for wild animals like owls to be inside a building like that all day, especially since they are night animals. From time to time, there are some owls you can’t choose because they are sleeping, which is indicated by a sticker above their name, where they stand. Also, every owl has a cord around one of their leg, so that they can’t fly away very far. The staff seemed like they really knew what they were doing, but still I hope they treat them very well and let them out from time to time.

More pictures of owls:

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Author: Jasmine

Jasmine is a 20-something years old French-Canadian student and part-time blogger who loves traveling, drawing, listening to (all kind of) music and eating (everything). To achieve one of her biggest dream, she went in Japan for two months and a half as a tourist in 2013. She was an exchange student at Daito Bunka University in Saitama (near Tokyo) during the year 2014 - 2015. She is now studying to eventually become a nurse back in Canada, so she lacks time to write about Japan. You can still read all her posts on her blog, since she'll let them there for you to enjoy :)

6 thoughts on “An Owl Café in Akihabara

  1. What a neat experience! But I betcha they don’t go anywhere…poor owls.

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  2. This sounds really interesting and my wife definitely wants to go there when we visit Japan next year!

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  3. It doesn’t bother them to live in there? They’re not too bored? Are they going outside at the end of the day?
    They are beautiful creatures!

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