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!
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