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Cat cafe ASAKUSA NEKOEN
Ranked #3 of 18 Fun & Games in Taito
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Owner description: Our all cats used to be stray cats or abandoned cats. Many cats were adopted from here. Some of them are always looking for adopters. they are all completely domesticated and adorable! and are just the companions to energize and rejuvenate you. Relax, and unwind you are visiting friends! Twelve to around twenty cats are looking forward to seeing you.
Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you visit Tokyo there are some things you simply must do. You must visit a temple or shrine. You must see either Tokyo Tower or the Tokyo Sky Tree. And you must see the statue of Hachiko. And if you're a cat lover there's one other "must see" item on your list: a cat cafe. And the cat cafe in Asakusa is the most famous one.

Houses in Tokyo are small, very small. What European or American people would call a guest room, is considered a large living room in Tokyo. Such small houses are no place to keep pets. Also: many land lords don't allow pets. To enjoy cats, Japanese people go to a cat cafe.

And of course curious tourists go there as well. The cat cafe in Asakusa is no more than a cosy little living room located on the 6th floor of an apartment building. It is like visiting a friendly Japanese lady in her house with her 17 (!) cats. She speaks English very well, so don't worry about any language barriers. All cats are in excellent health and enjoy the attention of the guests. There are many breeds, some playful young cats and some quiet older cats. If they don't seem interested, buy some food (at a very reasonable 100 yen) and they'll come running to you! Since this is a cat cafe, there's catering for the humans as well (although you might forget about your drink because the cats are so entertaining).

The owner told me there are now over 200 cat cafes in Japan. I also visited the "Ja LaLaLa" cat cafe in Akihabara, which is not listed on TripAdvisor. It is a bit roomier and even more cosy, but there were much more restrictions, while the cats in Asakusa may be picked up and played with more freely.

To find the Asakusa Cat Cafe, take the Ginza line (subway) to Asakusa station. Exit 4 is the most convenient, but any exit will do. Locate Tokyo Sky Tree and the river. Keep them on your right and walk the main street paralel to the river (don't walk the river bank itself) until you cross the next big street (marked by the "Park Avenue" and "Maruta" building (it says so in huge letters on the buildings)). Now turn left. Walk in the right hand side of the street and you'll soon find the building where the cat cafe is in. It has a huge sign on the 6th floor window and many signs at street level. Now take the tiny little elevator to the 6th floor and enjoy!

Visited December 2013
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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“10/10 experience! A must do”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

Asakusa Nekoen was one of the top moments of our time in Tokyo. Tucked away on the 6th floor, this place is warm, cosy and loving. We were greeted by the extremely friendly owner who also speaks great English and encouraged to play with the over 19 super friendly cats lounging around. Some were content to just sleep and let you pat them, whilst others jumped and pounced on toys offered for play. What makes this place incredibly special is that these are rescue cats and some are even up for adoption. The owner explained to us that some of the cats had just been dumped in a bag on the bottom floor. She has taken them in and treats them all with invidual love and care.

As far as price 800yen for a whole hour was incredibly cheap (compared to some that charge 1000 yen for 30mins), and you can buy cat treats cheaply to feed the kitties!

Considering most people head to Asakusa to see Senso-ji temple, the cafe is only a 4-5 minute walk from the actual temple and max 10mins from Asakusa station, so it's definitely worth the trip.

10/10 experience. Thank you Asakusa Nekoen :)

Visited November 2013
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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“Very fun cats!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Without doubt the best cat cafe we visited. Asakusa Nekoen has many former strays who are adopted through their time at the cafe, meaning there are many young cats who love being played with!

It is a small place, but the owner is friendly and also speaks good English. It is well worth buying a treat for the cats - they really enjoy it!

Visited October 2013
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New York City, New York
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“A unique, fun experience.”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

Our visit to the Asakusa Nekoen cat cafe was one of the highlights of our trip to Tokyo.

The space is relatively small and though it contains (at the time of our visit) 21 cats, it was clean and welcoming. It didn't have an unpleasant smell and we didn't leave covered in cat hair. (The owner helpfully provides a roller, though it wasn't necessary.)

The owner was a delight. She spoke very good English, was quite friendly (and funny!) and was admirably passionate about the cats. About half of them were permanent residents and the other half were rescues that were up for adoption.

The cats themselves were a lot fun to hang out with. They displayed the full range of personalities that you would expect - some were playful, some were shy, some were sleepy, some were loving. For 100 Yen ($1) you can buy some treats to feed them, and that got a lot of attention. Toys are provided for free.

This was less a "cafe" than I had expected - so don't plan on a meal. Drinks and light snacks are available for purchase. You are asked to leave your shoes at the door, so remember to wear or bring socks.

The cafe is located near the Sensoji Temple, the Nakamise shopping street and the Hanayashiki Amusement Park. We had a nice hour plus visit that allowed us to relax and recharge before we headed out to more of the neighborhood's activities.

Again, this was a lot of fun and I highly recommend the experience.

Visited September 2013
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Koog aan de Zaan, The Netherlands
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“Small Cozy Catcafe”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

Tucked away in a building is the cozy catcafe Nekoen.
The owner has great love for the cats. Most are former stray, some are ready to be adopted.
When in the area, and when you're a cat lover, please visit this cafe.

Visited April 2013
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