Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku, Shinjuku

3.4
#8 of 134 in Fun & Games in Tokyo
Meet the cuddly residents of Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku, a place to interact with a whole host of cats. The idea for a cat cafe sprang from the fact that many meeting places and homes in Japan don't allow pets, so cafes like this seek to offer apartment-dwelling locals a place to hang out with furry felines. With the main room decked out with cat-friendly contraptions and a menu of treats to order (for humans and cats), the space provides the ideal environment to get to know each cat. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed into the cafe, and all visitors up to the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Before you head to Tokyo, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Tokyo day trip planning app , to make sure you see all that Tokyo has to offer, including Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku.
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Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku Reviews
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  • I personally love dogs more. But this cafe made me love them. The cats are really cute and friendly. They only really come to you if you've got food. So make sure to buy a box of food to feed them. Ab...  more »
  • Boy were we disappointed after lugging ourselves across town! Didn’t see it on this site or anywhere else till it was too late.  more »
  • After reading mixed reviews we decided to give Calico a go and we were not disappointed! We found it easily although take the lift instead of walking up 6 flights of stairs! The staff were lovely and ...  more »
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  • Very warm and quiet environment. Staff were friendly and helpful. I see that many of the reviews here mention that they were not allowed in because they didn't bring their passports, while it was specifically mentioned on the website that this was a requirement when entering so do not complain when the reason for your experience was your own lack of research. The rules were strict to ensure that the cats were treated well and many of the cats were sweet and happy to play. The food was also quite nice! A nice place to visit, would definitely recommend.
  • Nice cafe. They have strict rules to ensure that human-cat interaction doesn't overly stress out the cats (no picking up of cats, no feeding of certain cats with special needs), which I appreciate, and the staff monitor the humans carefully to help look out for the cats. You can buy snacks for the cats, which is cooked chicken (another plus: instead of dried kibble, it's plain chicken that they've cooked). Can get very crowded because of its easy location, so you might come for the cats, but be prepared for a lot of humans competing for their attention :) Tip: they feed the cats at 1730hrs, and if you're around they let you feed the cats. You'll be very popular with the cats then :)
  • You can only pet the cats, not hold them. There is no Coffee... so kinda strange. It is a room with cats... . It was ok, but kinda silly, this coming from a cat lover. Good energy there, tho.
  • Cats seemed to have plenty of space and ways to keep themselves stimulated. Staff was very attentive to the guests and cats. Nice and relaxed.
  • Nice cats but make sure to buy the cat candy (chicken?) if you want to cusdle as the cats are mostly on the hunt for food. Good price and lots of happy cats!

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