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Cat Cafe Calico Shinjuku, Shinjuku
Categories: Entertainment Centers, Fun & Games
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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I visited this place in November 2015 with a few friends, we paid a entrance fee to stay there for an hour. The place consists of 2 floors with cats walking all over the place. As you enter (no shoes ... read more »
The place is very clean and the cats are somewhat used to people, although they only really interact with you if you buy some chicken for ¥300. I did feel a little sorry for them at first with so many... read more »
I ventured to the cafe thinking this would be an opportunity to play with some happy cats - I was imagining an experience similar to playing with rescue cats but at a cafe. WRONG. The word "cafe" shou... read more »
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.
So cool! Came here to hang out with the cats and they were very fun and cute. They are into being petted "aggressively." They also have some nice snacks and tea. Cool spot.
This place is awesome. We arrived right at opening, and turns out that even on normal weekdays, that there is a line. The two of us stayed for slightly under one hour and had purchased one box of cat food for feeding - walked out with a bill of about $30 USD. It's not cheap, but the cats are properly maintained and that it didn't feel like they were just using the cats to make money with.
Fun little cat cafe in the middle of Tokyo. Had a very hard time finding the place, but once we got there we found it really relaxing and laid back. Cats here really like to be pet and were very friendly.
Cozy place just to sit back and relax watching the cats roam freely around on 2 levels, best way to grab the cats attention is to purchase food. Estimating roughly 20 cats, there's also toys that you can use to interact with the cats too
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