Miss Your Pets While Traveling? Visit on of Japan’s Famous Animal Cafes!
The cafes in Japan have branched out and evolved new methods in order to attract customers and to keep patrons having a good experience at the establishments. Today there are various types of cafes, including ones that offer additional services. These range from costume or theme based cafes to the ever popular animal based cafes in Japan.
For the animal lover in everyone, yes, there are animal based cafés located throughout Japan. You’ll find that most of these exist more frequently in the larger cities such as Tokyo or Osaka.
So why would people choose to visit animal cafes rather than own their own pet at home? With Japan being so expensive for real estate and many apartment complexes having strict rules regarding animals, these animal cafes allow people to interact with the animals they love, but can’t own. Plus, often times the animals will actual be for sale or rescued from shelters, so this helps socialize the animals and keeps them from being bored. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Guests will pay usually by the hour to spend time sitting at the cafe. The price often includes one drink and a light snack– but not always, so be careful to read the menu so you know what you’re getting.
Before entering the cafe, you’ll be briefed with rules on how to conduct yourself around the animal. This is to ensure the safety and health of the animals at the cafe, so please respect them.
Instead of buying food and drinks just for yourself, why not treat the animal friends next to you with a delicious and nutritious snack. It’s a great way to start your interaction with the animals, and it will help them ease into you being there. Before long you’ll have made lots of cuddly new friends!
While dog and cat cafes are typically the norm, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try some of the other types as well. There are also cafés that carry more exotic animals like iguanas, snakes, hedgehogs and even falcons to help patrons de-stress.
Originally from Chicago, Beth got her first true taste of travel when she studied abroad in Japan during her final year of university. She ended up loving Asia so much, she found herself moving right back upon graduating and is currently teaching English full-time in Hong Kong. Armed with her camera and a passion for travel, she is currently on a mission to photograph the world-- proving that you can work the normal “9-5” and still find time to travel on her blog Besudesu Abroad
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