Nekobukuro

Nekobukuro, Toshima: Address, Phone Number, Nekobukuro Reviews: 3/5

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Nekobukuro is like a cat cafe, but minus the cafe. It is a cat petting zoo.
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Neighborhood: Ikebukuro
Ikebukuro is an area of massive development. Several thousand tenants occupy two giant department stores and shopping malls, where all sorts of shopping and gourmet foods can be enjoyed. The 60-story building at the east entrance of the station, Sunshine City, is a landmark within Ikebukuro and features an aquarium, planetarium, theme park as well as an observation platform. The popular name for the western side of this area is "Otome Road" (Maiden Road) and there are many shops selling products related to anime with a female theme. It has rapidly become the worldwide headquarters for ‘otaku’ or geek culture.
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Kiapen
Bergen, Norway16 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
We were staying in Tokyo for 10 days in which time I was missing my dear cats back home a lot. Visiting this place and spending time with the cats was definitely helpful from that point of view. :D

I was skeptic of going to a cat cafe since it's obviously not an ideal environment for cats to live. I was pleasantly surprised by this place (which we found by accident walking by thanks to the signs downstairs). The cats seemed to be healthy and well-groomed and they had several toys etc. activities they could play with. The shop located next to this place was also a pleasant surprise as it was selling all kinds of cat-related things to bring back as a souvenir to my cats back home.

I would recommend this place to people who know how to handle cats and have experience with them, not necessarily a place for small children who move fast and potentially act rough around cats which could startle them.
Written July 7, 2015
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krocchi
Singapore, Singapore1,154 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
You have to pay a fee to enter the cat cafe. The cafe was easy to locate as it is just beside Sunshine City. It is in the Tokyu hands building. There are lots of merchandise for you to look at outside the cafe. The cats were sleepy during the day and quite afraid of humans. But most cafe cats are like this. Maybe they are sick of humans trying to molest them all over.
Written August 24, 2018
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elmyra_912
Jakarta, Indonesia14 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
Visiting cats cafe is my top priority in my to do list in tokyo, because we dont have cats cafe in Jakarta at that time. and nekobukuro was the closest cats cafe in my neighbourhood.
The cats were well groomed but most of them were asleep, annoyed and bored in my opinion, so they're getting a little bit fierce. but that didn't stop me from patted and stroke them (which resulted in a couple of scratches)
they have many cat varieties, and if you sit calmly one of them will sit in your lap and let you stroke them.
i would recommended this place for cat lovers, visitors who dont like cats wil got bored very quickly as they offer nothing but cats and a lot of "kyaaaa... so cuuttee" kinda scream
Written September 25, 2015
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Elena B
New York23 contributions
Nov 2013 • Solo
Nekobukuro was my first experience with a cat cafe, and almost my last. First off, it was hard to find and poorly marked. I walked around Tokyo Hands for almost 30 minutes before realizing where it was. They charged by the hour (I don't remember the exact figure, but it was over 1000 yen). I barely stayed 45 minutes. The cats were bored with people and didn't even respond to you if you went up to them. The coffee is from a vending machine and it's not good. It's mostly clean, but it does smell like pee, which I guess is understandable. There were obviously cats jammed into the back room of the cafe, because you could hear pitiful meows through the wall, which was disconcerting. Try another cat cafe.
Written January 8, 2014
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BunnyMcintosh
4 contributions
Dec 2014
Nekobukuro is basically cat prison where a bunch of cats who want nothing to do with you spend their lives trying to avoid being traumatized by children. Perfect for the cat lover who doesn't care if cats never get to see the sun or have any respite from what is basically a depressing cat gulag.

They do, however, sell tiny wigs for cats which basically makes it worth it.
Written December 14, 2014
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Keith S
Mount Claremont, Australia266 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
If you like cats and are missing your furry friends then it’s fun to visit. It’s on the top floor of tokyu hands (which is a great place to visit just on its own), and has probably 15-20 cats at any one time. The cats are a bit bored of humans and there’s a lot of cat-style laying around, although there was also a short cat fight whilst we were there that stirred up the residents.
Written July 13, 2019
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Patrick G
Dundalk, Ireland28 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Cat Cafes are discussed and promoted all over the internet. This is one of them...
The place is somewhere behind Sunshine City. I say somewhere because you need quite some imagination to read all the signs AND to actually find the right one. You will be ask to sit on a kind of balcony which is surrounding a backyard until there is some space for you. This can take half an hour or longer.

You will be ask to pay 1,000 Yen for every person who is entering. The age doesn`t matter. A toddler will be charged he same as an adult. For the price you have free access to mixed bonbons and a vending machine for actual coffee/tea. Well, I reckon you need to justify the name "cafe" somehow.

The attraction are around 10 cats. I am not keen into cats but these cats were really disinterested in humans even for cat standards. You would reckon that cats in public would be more "open" but not really. However, one or two cats weren`t sleeping or moving towards their cages just to be alone and you can pet these if you like.

The seats are also not what you would expect from a cafe. The furniture is really an excuse like the vending machine is.

These cats have no interest in being an attraction which is fair enough. However, in this case you can`t sell them as such.

However, if you want to have an expensive visit for the whole family with bad drinks this would be the place to go. I can`t tell if other cat cafes are different as my family couldn`t convince me to visit another one soon again.
Written May 21, 2016
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Michelle G
Porcia, Italy178 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
This is a, Cat House. You pay a fee and you get to watch, interact and okay with the cats. Honestly the cats are interactive amongst themselves but not as much with the visitors. They are probably done with being touched. It's best to go earlier in the day. It's a cool thing to see if you are in the area.
Written November 21, 2015
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shetripsalot
Akron, OH191 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
When I first read about this place before our trip I knew we had to visit. If you're missing your furry friends from home this place is great to check out some cute cats. I only wish that there was more writing in english because it was hard to understand the directions. A lot of the cats were standoffish but that's to be expected, they're cats! :)
Written September 9, 2015
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choenna
Dubai, United Arab Emirates101 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
I was somewhat disappointed, thinking that I would be able to enjoy a cup of coffee in the company of cats at this cat cafe. However, it wasn't a cafe at all, but more like a small zoo. After paying 600 Yen per person we spent about 30mins petting cats and watching one pace back and forth in it's cage. The room was a large and stimulating environment for cats, but I don't remember seeing any windows, and in general the room felt boxed in. The cats seemed to like the staff very much. I wouldn't come here again.
Written June 12, 2015
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