Forest of Owl

Forest of Owl, Chiyoda: Hours, Address, Forest of Owl Reviews: 4/5

Forest of Owl
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Neighborhood: Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
Ochanomizu boasts its academic foundations starting with Yushima Seido, the birthplace of modern day Japanese education. The area has kept its college town feel with several university campuses. If you head towards Jinbocho, you'll find musical instrument and sports equipment shops, and an area of used bookstores for students and anyone interested in literature and the arts. Akihabara is well-known for its computer and electronic goods stores, and is now hugely popular as the must-visit mecca for people interested in anime and games. Kanda is an office district where you can find loads of reasonably priced izakayas popular with professionals who stop to eat and drink before making their way home.

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xL0rangx
Savannah, GA82 contributions
Hooty hoo!
Oct 2019
Cute owls in a small cafe, we were lucky to have gone when it wasn't too busy as I can see it getting VERY crowded in this small space. The owls seemed well cared for and were allowed to roam freely. The staff seemed very caring and was frequently checking on the animals and cleaning up after them. There were several cute owls to interact with and we were told to pet them gently with the back of our hand and only on their backs.

I greatly appreciated that there was no time limit, we probably stayed for about 30 minutes which I felt was worth it. You get a free drink as well.
Written November 12, 2019
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Josh Olmsted
Portland, OR15 contributions
Fun visit, but mixed feelings
Oct 2019 • Couples
I had a hard time trying to come to a rating on our trip to Forest of Owl. On the positive side, the staff was very kind and friendly, and there was a plethora or gorgeous owls in a multitude of breeds. I liked the lack of a time limit, and the cafe's decor and feel are pretty good.

On the downside, my biggest complaint by far is that there is just not enough space/too many people. I wish that the cafe was able/willing to institute a limit on the number of people present, or if there is one, that it was lower. For most of our visit there seemed to be roughly 12-15 people crammed in a very tight floor space, plus 3-4 staff. The second issue was that it seemed like the staff was not assertive enough to coach customers/enforce good behavior with the birds. Most customers were very gentle and sweet with the owls, but a few were ruffling feathers, petting too roughly or chasing birds who clearly were signalling that they wanted more space. Particularly tough to watch was customers who pay the extra 800-1000 to hold an owl, only to have the owl quickly fly up to a perch, then watching the staff have to awkwardly haul the owl back several times (some times the staff would thankfully switch to another owl). I think the staff needs to be trained to be more hands on in *showing* customers how to safely interact with the owls.

I'll end by saying that I think that the staff do truly care about the owls, and they didn't seem unhealthy or overly frazzled, but the business has room to improve.
Written October 28, 2019
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Yellenita
Split, Croatia1,117 contributions
Owls!
May 2019
Very nice place, with well treated owls, variety of them. Once entrance is payed you can stay there as long as you wish. Not big interaction with birds, just bit of petting them.
Written September 22, 2019
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roamas
Sydney, Australia363 contributions
Up close and personal with owls
Jan 2019 • Family
We happened upon Forest of Owl (the entry is a hole in the wall, walk upstairs, pay 1000 JPN, includes a free drink from a vending machine, get your hands sanitised, get a run down of dos and don'ts, then you're set free to interact). We had read about these and were curious to see what they were about. The place is cramped with lots happening about you. Lots of little critters in small cages, lots of owls in a walk in enclosure but many of them were tethered. Yes you could get up close and personal with owls, but taking my nature warrior children to see them was a bit distressing as the owls seemed quite zombied out (toooo accustomed to human interaction). My daughter kept asking how the owl's day/night i(nocturnal) instincts would occur being in an artificial environment and the staff (though lovely and kind could not offer an explanation, saying at least the kookaburra cackles in the morning - that was a relief to us Aussies who hear this back at home). Would we go again?? I'd say not. Was it worthwhile?? From a curiosity point of view, yes ... from an ethical point of view, no!
Written January 8, 2019
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KrisNWM
KL,M'sia534 contributions
A Wonderfully, Cozy Owl Cafe
Dec 2018 • Family
This little cafe would have been an easy miss if they do not bring down an owl to attract passer-bys. It's our first time to such a concept cafe and I must say it is worth every single penny and more. We arrived about 30+ minutes to closing time and they gave a 50% discount with a photo op with an owl of choice for 540 yen. There's an album to choose from. The only setback is that we do not know the owl species as everything is written in Japanese. It's only a small setback however because, the cafe is literally a "forest of owls" with teeny weeny ones to a huge one which we simply called fluffy because it was so soft to touch. There are easily 10 different species of owls and a variety of other cure animals such as hedgehogs, parrots, hamsters, chameleons and even a duck and a friendly terrier at the cafe. For the price paid, it is inclusive of a drink and whilst at the cafe, one can donate to feed the owls and animals. Just about 30 minutes would be sufficient to be spent at this quaint little cafe which I would definitely revisit again.
Written January 5, 2019
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hamhamham
Vancouver60 contributions
Forest of Owl in Akihabara
Oct 2018 • Couples
I went to the Forest of Owl in Akihabara. There're around 10 owls inside which are in different species and sizes. You pay 1,000 yen and get a drink from the vending machine. The owls are all adorable but some of them are not very lively cos the mobility is limited to a very limited distance. I'm still debating with myself whether I should visit next time. Owls are not supposed to be kept indoors like this so our visits seem promote these type of business; but besides going to an owl cafe, where else you're able to be in close contact with so many of owls?
Written November 5, 2018
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kitsucy
Kiryat Ono, Israel47 contributions
Best Owl Cafe !
Jul 2018 • Family
perfect place ! they build the room ib forest style ! so Cute you have also cool fish there , a chicken and talking parrots .
the owls are so Clam and cute . you can touch them and pet .
also you can take a picture with them on your shoulder but you need to pay 500yen for one person . this place was our last stop for the day it was really relaxing . they also give you a show .
great experience !
Written July 21, 2018
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מאשה ג
3 contributions
Very nice place
Jul 2018 • Couples
The owls lookong good, we got 1 free drink for free each (you can only get drinks here). There were a lot of people at noon. You can photo the owls for free and hold them a bit for some price. You also pay as you enter (1000 for adult) but can stay as much as you like. Mostly stay for about half hour.
Written July 14, 2018
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Kor M
169 contributions
Owls weren’t meant to be displayed like this
Apr 2018 • Family
I was curious to see an owl cafe but found this establishment disturbing. Patrons enter a small room (dimly lit for the owls’ benefit and equipped with artificial trees and perches) and are invited to walk around looking at and petting a selection of owls, some (but not all) of which are tethered to their posts. The collection includes a number of large species such as snowy owls and Eurasian eagle owls, most of which sit on a shelf by the window staring forlornly out. The owls seem well-fed but I pitied them spending their lives on a shelf while humans paw them all day long. I just don’t think this is natural or in any way enjoyable for the poor creatures. Tokyo has its cat cafes but in my view owls are not domesticated creatures and just aren’t suited to this sort of treatment in the way cats are. I felt sorry for the owls and couldn’t wait to leave.
Written April 8, 2018
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Sufen K
92 contributions
Very Cute Owls !
Mar 2018 • Couples
There a few forest of owls in tokyo and i went the one in Harajuku, its not a cafe but more like a forest trail that you walked along and meet different friendly owl. unlimited time for 600-700 yen and you can pet them. the only disappointment was the snow owl wasn't allow to touch at all as they caged them in a display nest.
Written March 27, 2018
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