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Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku, Shinjuku

(3.5/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
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 vacation trip planner, to make sure you see all that Tokyo has to offer, including Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku.
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TripAdvisor
  • I found it a bit hard to find and a little intimidating as I entered the alley leading to the lift. Once inside it was well presented and had strict hygiene control. Maybe a few more seats would be go...  more »
  • Good atmosphere with up to two layers of several species of cats and all cute. There is a cat toy play and buying food from the employee. The cat will make us special attention.
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  • I loved this Cat Café experience. Great for all cat fans. It was 1000 yen per person/hour and a range of very reasonably priced drinks are available too. Was great to spend some time with all of these...  more »
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  • I went here in March 2015 and it set the bar high for me. Such a lovely cat cafe with the option to buy a little box of chicken treats to give to the cats, and while this did make us get a lot of attention, some cats (like Gomako and Hinata) came to cuddle with us and had no interest in the chicken! The cats are very lovely and if you have cats at home the little things they do (like occasionally go to the toilet in the wrong place) it doesn't bother you, as the staff are quick to apologise and clean it up. One of my favourite things was the little information books that included pictures, names and little stories about all of the cats, even an explanation as to what the little red handkerchiefs that some of them sport mean (no treats for them :( ) Overall I loved this cafe, I was missing my cats back home in the UK and this gave me the cat dosage I needed, I went back twice in my week visit, and paid the extra for 2 hours on the second visit!
  • We went to the cat cafe and are big cat lovers. We only stayed for 20min. The staff are lovely and the premises is clean and tidy. However, the cats looked sad, behaved in a stressed like manner and were fed up of being handled by humans. Those who visited the cafe had no respect for the cats and would take food from the cat bowls in an attempt to feed the cats. There was a glass pane separating the 'communal' area from the private cat area. There was cat faeces on the carpet in the private area. The only good thing about this cafe was that the cats looked well fed. I don't know what their actual living conditions are like. Having said that it was a sad experience. This review is no reflection of the staff, but an observation about the imbalanced relationship between humans and cats. P.S. There was also a Persian cat with a stressed eye.
  • I disagree with the people who say that it's a mediocre experience. If they think it's mediocre, they don't like cats enough. The cats here are only interested in you for the food, but it's still a great place. It's nice and chill and there are so many different kinds of cats here. Pretty good experience imo. It's what you make of it really.
  • Overall a mediocre experience. The staff at the front entrance were very nice and dealing with all the people very professionally. When you enter there are lockers for your shoes and a sink to wash your hands, you then enter the cat area where there are more lockers for your jacket or other belongings. The upstairs room has a TV with Wii U, the downstairs room is open with some bench seating around the perimeter, it wasn't a comfortable or relaxing feeling space. The cats seem healthy and well looked after, you can purchase treats (real chicken breast on the day we went) for 300¥. Unfortunately there seemed to be a few agitations for the cats. There were way too many people during our visit, roughly 40 people. With that many people constantly turning over hour after hour it can be too much for some cats. The layout of the room wasn't really great for the cats either, there weren't enough places for the cats to hide and relax to escape other cats and the humans. There also may have been too many cats for the space. The atmosphere was quite chaotic because a lot of people were handing out treats. There were also a lot of cats marking their territory on the walls and outright urinating in the corners. This was disappointing to see as it usually means the cats are mad at something. They were aware of the issue because there were pee pads in the areas, but despite that there was a odor of cat pee. I had an okay time and enjoyed a few of the friendlier cats, there were also several stereotypical "Japanese" style cat breeds with the pudgy flat faces and one with short legs. The price was in line with what you would expect to pay at other cafes, but I wouldn't go out of my way to return again.
  • Totally worth it. So many cats! It's a great place to rest your feet and sit down with a feline friend for an hour or so.