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Ikefukuro Cafe, Toshima

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  • Easily accessible, near Ikebukuro Station. Better to make a reservation as it’s a small unit. There’s a wide variety of owls in different sizes. The smaller ones (palm sized) seem well taken care of b...  more »
  • Very friendly staff. Accommodating can touch and pet owls. They have baby and adult owls. And you get a free drink!!  more »
  • Fun way to start our afternoon by hanging out with owls. Friendly staff and not rushed. Reservations suggested unless you go on a weekday which we did. Overall great experience  more »
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  • A super cute themed cafe with owls everywhere. This cafe is basically a petting zoo for owls they offer you a free drink when you enter hut the space is quite small. You take an even smaller elevator that leads you straight into the cafe where there is usually an owl to welcome you at the door. You may have to reserve ahead of time during busy hours we went during dinner time so it was relatively empty. You get to hold an owl on your shoulder or arm twice as part of your entrance fee and you'll be alloted 50min in the cafe. The owls tend to poop alot so you may want to hold with arm rather than shoulder.
  • Small shop with lots of different owls. Staff speaks English and will answer questions. Just to set expectation, this place is not really a cafe/coffee shop but more of a room with a lot of owls that you can pet and hold. 1500 Yen will get you about 45 minutes at the shop and opportunity to hold two different owls. You also get a beverage from a small fridge in the shop. While the staff was courteous and appears to take great care of the animals, some (myself included) may left wondering whether a small room is the best place for owls to spend their lives.
  • The concept of owl cafes is disturbing. Sure, they are cute and who wouldn't want to pet an owl if given the chance? But when you align yourself with the reality of how these majestic birds are treated for commercial gain: chained, trapped in a room, with sheets on the floor lined with droppings (that appear not to have been cleaned regularly), kept awake (when they are supposed to be sleeping)...it's truly heartbreaking. Owls are nocturnal and are not meant to be petted and kept awake during the day.They are meant to be free and in the wild. A Japanese friend told me Japan forbids using its own owls in these cafes. So the birds are smuggled from other countries. It's not cute. It's not sweet. It's heartbreaking. Wake up.
  • I have to say that our expectation was that this would be a beverage cafe where owls would be scattered about and their company enjoyed. After the initial 5 minutes of bliss believing you are in an owl kingdom, you realize in fact it is a small room where owls are trapped and some tied to their perches (which leave some hanging upside down when they try to take flight, and birds pecking one another when left too close to one another). It became heart wrenching and painful to see these majestic animals, sometimes try to stay awake while you pet them. They are nocturnal after all. They are fed a mixture of rat and chicken, and we witnessed the feeding. Some owls were more hesitant and lacked the appetite more than others. The handler noted these birds were not rescued, but from breeders in foreign countries! He also noted the birds are caged through the night - but what we saw appeared more like boxes. It ended up being a guilt filled experience that cost $14 each, would not recommend. These birds are trapped and pitiful, do not support!
  • Same as below. Its a small ass room for these flying birds. I just feel bad for the owls being trapped in this environment. They either need to get a bigger place so they can at least flap their wings once in awhile or let them free. “The concept of owl cafes is disturbing. Sure, they are cute and who wouldn't want to pet an owl if given the chance? But when you align yourself with the reality of how these majestic birds are treated for commercial gain: chained, trapped in a room, with sheets on the floor lined with droppings (that appear not to have been cleaned regularly), kept awake (when they are supposed to be sleeping)...it's truly heartbreaking. Owls are nocturnal and are not meant to be petted and kept awake during the day.They are meant to be free and in the wild. A Japanese friend told me Japan forbids using its own owls in these cafes. So the birds are smuggled from other countries. It's not cute. It's not sweet. It's heartbreaking. Wake up.
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