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Are Cat Cafe’s Family-Friendly in Japan?

Japanese culture is famous for embracing the unusual and quirky forms of entertainment. One of such things that have been made famous by the Japanese are themed cat cafes. When in Japan, they’re not hard to find and many cat cafes are also located in tourist areas. Cat Cafe’s are a fun detour on a day of sightseeing when visiting Japan and a fun experience. So, the question you may be asking yourself right now is, “Are they family-friendly?”.

Are cat cafe’s family-friendly?

On first appearances, you would think cat cafes are a natural spot for families visiting Japan, but this is not necessarily the case. Many cafe’s, especially, in Tokyo do not allow children inside. This is something we found out when trying to visit one with our own children. We naturally assumed people of all ages were allowed and made our way to a popular cafe in Shibuya, but once we got to the top floor of the cafe we were turned away.  Our daughter, Ava, was disappointed, to say the least. She is a cat lover, and it may seem silly, but one reason she was so excited to visit Japan was to visit one of these popular cafes.

Truthfully speaking, I understand young children may not be the appropriate patrons if they are unattended. Toddlers like to touch and pick, which is not something all cats enjoy. Our twins Ella & Rose were two-years-old when we visited, so we were very aware of this, however, we keep a hold of our children and are extremely mindful to respect the policies of each place we visit.  Either way, if you visit a cat cafe with a toddler I do recommend to keep watch of them at all times.

Our Experience at a Cat Cafe


After we were told at the first cat cafe we visited that they do not accept children; we called around and found that this is a policy at some and not at others.  We eventually found Cat Cafe Coorikuya next to the Hotel Trimming in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo. It is located on the third floor and on the bottom is a pet shop that has the cutest little dogs I have ever seen.

At the shop, you pay for the amount of time you want to spend with the cats. We chose 30 minutes because we weren’t sure if Ella & Rose would mesh with the cats. You can also buy wet food for the cats, which we did.  Juices and soft drinks are included in the price and a self-service fridge was located in the cafe room.

Once, we got the cat cafe, we were welcomed in a big room with about 10-12 cats. The cats were absolutely beautiful ragdoll and miniature munchkin purebreds. The cats were very friendly and extremely gentle. They seemed happy to have to the attention and the ones that were not interested remained sleeping in a corner. The cats really loved the food we gave and I had about 5 cats on top of me trying to eat.

Besides feeding the cats, you can hold them, rub them and play with them. They had the basic toys cats like to play with, but to be honest, none were overly interested in them. I assume they’re probably bored of people dangling a string in front of them day after day.  They were playful though and the cats shared a lot of playful fights together while we were there.

Ava really enjoyed herself and I glad we looked around to find one that would take children. Ella & Rose did spectacular and were very gentle with the cats. Like most toddlers, they just needed to be guided on how to appropriately rub the cats. Honestly, the only problem I see with visiting a cat cafe is you may want to take one of the precious cats home with you!

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Andrew
Andrew
2 years ago

I remember, when I visited first time Cat cafe place in Amsterdam! I think it should be more places like that around the world !

Carla
Carla
2 years ago

I would love to visit one but having two boys I would have to plan well! I can see why they may restrict children in some locations but kids love cats (for the most part!). I wish I had one locally

Catherine Santiago Jose
Catherine Santiago Jose
2 years ago

I have never tried to visit a cat cafe’s and it sounds really a nice place to visit with those people who always have their pets with them.

Annemarie LeBlanc
Annemarie LeBlanc
2 years ago

I am not really fond of cats but maybe this cat cafe will change my mind. It looks like a nice place for the kids to learn to care for cats. My grandson would love it there for sure.

Keshia Richmond
Keshia Richmond
2 years ago

Cat Cafe Coorikuya sounds like an interesting place for cat lovers to visit in Japan. I have learned much about such places from reading this.

Samantha
2 years ago

Wow I had no idea Cat Cafe’s were a thing, so cool! My daughter’s would absolutely love to visit one and play with the kitties!

Emmy
2 years ago

Whoa, had no idea cat cafes were a thing! To be honest, this kind of sounds like my nightmare haha because I’m terrified of cats but I know my son would LOVE this so I’d suck it up for him. We’ve been planning to visit Japan for some time so this is all good info! I really do hate going somewhere and finding out it’s not family friendly. It’s just disappointing and frustrating. Will keep this for future reference!

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