P→★ Animal Café Diary #2: Making Friends with Owls & Hawks at Owl’s Garden in Harajuku

01.August.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

P→★ from TEMPURA KIDZ loves animals. This is his featured series in which he visits animal cafés in the city.

 

In this second entry, he made a trip to Owl’s Garden in Harajuku which houses not only owls, but hawks too!

The café can be found behind Tokyu Plaza, a very favourable location since you can stop by after shopping in Harajuku. It’s a 6-minute walk from Harajuku Station or a 2-minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station. Today, P→★ is wearing an outfit inspired by Harry Potter!

The café interior is styled on an English garden. There are 12 owls and hawks that live there. It’s full of natural light and greenery, making it a nice and comfortable place to relax.

There are several price plans. The Standard Plan is ¥1,500 which gets you 60 minutes inside. During that time, you’re free to touch the birds, take photos of them and sit them on your arm as much as you like.

P→★ met with the owls first. You can gently touch the top of their head down to their back as well as their chest. This owl is a Chaco Owl.

If you want to hold the birds just ask the staff. You’ll be given a glove to wear for the bird to sit on.

P→★ is now holding an American kestrel. This is the only falcon in the café. If you’re careful not to move your hand it will stay relaxed on your hand.

This is a barn owl. Apparently lots of customers are captivated by its striking face.

This one’s so fluffy!” commented P→★.

P→★ was particularly interested in this Little Owl (that’s the actual name of the species!) Its tiny size is enough to tug your heartstrings♡

Owls save energy and don’t move around much, so they’re perfect for snapping photos of. That goes for selfies too.

Next is to try out being a falconer. There’s a number of cafés where you can come into contact with hawks but not that many where you can actually have one fly over to you, so some customers can spend several hours here.

You begin with your back against the wall and bring your hand up to the same height as your shoulders at the count of 3.

The hawk responded to the signal several meters way and flew right onto P→★’s hand.

 

It costs ¥500 for one turn which consists of two flights.

It’s like I’ve become a wizard!” The bird that flew to P→★ is the Harris’s hawk. They are known for their intelligence. Hawks are often perceived as scary but they’re actually very friendly to humans.

You can enjoy a drink at this café while playing with the owls and hawks. If you make a reservation you get a drink on the house, otherwise it’s ¥100. It’s better to make a reservation if you’re planning to go there.

The earrings they sell there are popular. They’re made from feathers that have fallen from the owls at the café. Be sure to find the feather of the bird you like there the most. They also sell a range of other merchandise including a photo collection of the owls.

P→★ was very satisfied with his experience. It was his first time coming into contact with them, and his first time having a hawk fly to him.

 

After watching Harry Potter, I wanted to own my own owl. It was a lot of fun interacting with them today. My image of hawks has changed too! If I’m rich in the future I want to have my own pet owl. Until then, I’ll be sure to come back here!

P→★ sure enjoyed Owl’s Garden. The café is arranged in a way that makes it easy to take photos. The natural lighting and greenery make it a great choice for Instagram. Be sure to make a reservation if you’re interested.

 

Check out the time P→★ went to Harajuku Terrace Café in his first Animal Diary Café entry here.

 

■Information

Owl’s Garden

Address: Ingresso 2F, 4-31-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (Until 6:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursdays except on National Holidays)

No Fixed Holidays.

Access: 6-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station via JR / 2-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro

Website:https://owls-garden.jp

 

Model: P→★(TEMPURA KIDZ)@0830_pika

Photo: Kayo Sekiguchi

Text: Sayoko Ishii

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    It’s not just what’s inside the café, but its location is also worthy of note – it’s just an 8-minute walk from JR Harajuku station and a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Meiji-Jingu station, so it’s easy to drop by after a busy day of being a tourist. The wow-factor of this café is the three very sociable otters. This highly successful café draws in customers that come day after day, seeking the ultimate soothing feeling of bonding with their new friends.

     

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    All their faces look the same, but you can tell them apart by looking at their tails. The otter called Miku has a thin tail, whereas San has a thick one and Kirara has a flat one. Particularly Kirara is brimming with curiosity and is the one with whom you are mostly likely to interact, if you should pop by!

     

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    Full of excitement, the otters reached through the small hole in the tank to ask for food and toys. It was overwhelmingly cute. When they want a treat, they call out with their peculiar squeal. You can purchase snacks for them within the café. If you give them food, your friendship will grow increasingly stronger.

     

    Otter snack prices:

    First-time customers: ¥330 (price including tax)

    Standard price: ¥540 (price including tax)

     

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    As the café name “HARRY” implies, the café has hedgehogs (harinezumi). The hedgehogs heal the tired hearts of all the café visitors. All the hedgehogs are friendly and rarely ever raise their quills at anyone, so you can touch them safely.

     

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    Even I can handle a hedgehog!

    Even though hedgehogs are rather timid, they can still open their hearts to you! I can’t believe that we even touched noses to communicate! It’s amazing!

     

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    The café was once a pet shop that sold rabbits and other small animals. This is it’s first time running business as a café, and that’s why you can not only interact with the animals here, but also buy one to keep. The staff also provide important information on how to properly care for the animals and diseases to which they are prone. If you are interested, then please feel free to ask them any kind of question.

     

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    There are many other animals in the shop. This is a large French Lop rabbit. 3 months after birth, their bodyweight can even reach up to 7kg. Their droopy ears were so cute and their fur was so fluffy! I was filled with happiness.

     

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    …and there were even chinchillas.  They have fluffy tails and look so cute!

     

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    I approached them with some grass for them to snack on, and as soon as they saw me, they ran at me full of energy – we even got a photo together! As all the animals at this café are used to people, it’s easy to take pictures with them to upload on SNS websites!

     

    The café has such a large variety of food for small animals that was quickly noticed by customers who were interested in buying a pet. You can ask the staff what type of food is appropriate for which animal.

     

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    I spent a lot of time surrounded by my favourite animals. I was particularly captured by the otters’ cute behaviour! HARRY Harajuku Terrace gives you the opportunity to freely interact with small animals – something that you can’t really do at a zoo or anywhere else. If you’re in Harajuku, how about stopping by? You may have to wait 30 minutes to enter the café if the store is closed. The café is very popular so I recommend that you reserve in advance!

     

    ■ Information

    HARRY Harajuku Terrace

    Address:Jingu-mae 426 Building floor 3, Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours:11:00-19:00 (Last entries: 18:30)

    Regular closing days: None

    Access:8-min walk from JR Harajuku station, 5-min walk from Meiji-jingu station Tokyo metro line

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    Model:P→★(TEMPURA KIDZ)@0830_pika 

    Writer:Ryoichi Komaba

    Photographer:Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Samantha Fernandes

  • Cats, rabbits, squirrels monkeys, birds and reptiles! Seven recommended animal cafes in Tokyo.

    01.November.2017 | SPOT

    Animal cafés are gaining popularity these days. Many new kinds of animal cafes other than the most popular cat cafes are opening.

    In this article, I will introduce to you some standard and some unusual animal cafes.

     

     

    Cat café “MoCHA” (Shibuya)

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    This café that has many sofas. You can get a good night view of Shibuya from this café so it is known as good date spot.

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    And ther are cats, cats, cats everywhere! Some cats snuggle up to customers but some are just lying around lazilily on a swing.

     

    Detailed information:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/72122

     

    ■Information

    Cat Café MoCHA – Shibuya Store

    Udagawacho, Shibuyaku 8F, 9F, Assorty Shibuya, 32-12, U

    Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 / last entrance 21:30

    Holiday: no holiday

    Access: 5 minutes on foot from Shibuya Station

    URL:http://catmocha.jp/shibuya/

     

     

     

     

    Hedgehog café HARRY (Roppongi / Harajuku)


    Such small eyes, hands and legs. Hedgehogs, what a cute animal!
    Although they have needles on their back, they are very friendly to humans. They also sell some hedgehogs so you can take one of them home if you find your favorite hedgehog.

     

    ◼︎Information

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    Address: 2F of IWAHORI Building, 6-7-2, Roppongi, Minatoku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 12:00 to 20:00

    TEL:03-3404-8100

    URL:http://www.harinezumi-cafe.com/

     

     

     

     

    Owl café “Owl no Mori” (Asakusa / Akihabara)

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    Address: 〒101-0021, 5F, 4-5-8, Sotokanda, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: weekday 12:00 to 22:00

    Saturday, Sunday, holiday 11:00 to 22:00

    Holiday: no holiday

    TEL: 03 3254 6366

    URL:http://2960.tokyo/

     

     

     

     

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    A café where you can play with rabbits. All drinks served in this café are free. Some people get carried away adoring the cute rabbits and forget to drink their drinks.
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    Address: 5F, Nakagawa Building, 2-42-9, Ikebukuro, Toyohimaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 11:00 to 21:00

    Holiday: Wednesday ※except holidays

    TEL:03-6914-2557

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    How did you find the mipig cafe, P→★?

    “Of all the animal cafes I have been to so far this one was the most fun! It was fun being able have contact with them the entire time. Now I want a micro pig of my own! They don’t smell either, I could be with them forever. I wasn’t able to get an extension because there were a lot of reservations, so I recommend booking a long stay when you make one! And the cheesecake was super tasty too, so definitely be sure to try it yourself!”

    If you’re in or planning a trip to Tokyo then be sure to get your reservations in for the newly-opened mipig cafe in Meguro ASAP!

     

     

    Model: P→★(TEMPURA KIDZ)@0830_pika

    Photo: Haruka  Yamamoto

    Text: Sayoko Ishii

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • 5 Animal Cafés in Harajuku―Shiba Inu, Owls, Rabbits & More!

    07.March.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Did you know there are a lot of animal cafés in Harajuku? From lovable Shiba Inu and owls to rabbits and more, here are 5 animal cafés you should visit during your next trip to Japan’s fashion central.

     

    HARRY Harajuku Terrace

    At HARRY Harajuku Terrace you can come into contact with otters, hedgehogs and more. Their 3 otters are extremely friendly with humans; they rarely bring their claws out and are no threat so you can rest assured you’ll be safe to sit with them. Customers can buy snacks for them to enjoy so you’re sure to become best friends in no time.

    The café also has a extremely adorable French Flop bunny with cute droopy ears and fluffy fur that you can stroke♡

     

    All the animals in this café are accustomed to humans so it’s easy to snap some photos. This one’s a must-visit!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/86972

     

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    HARRY Harajuku Terrace

    Address: Jingumae 426 Bldg. Floor 3F, 4-26-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Entries 18:30)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Access: 8-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station via JR / 5-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro

    Website: http://www.animalcafe.tokyo

     

     

    Owl’s Garden

    Owl’s Garden is located behind Tokyu Plaza. They don’t just have owls either―they even have hawks. The café interior is styled on an English garden. There are 12 owls and hawks that live there. There are several price plans. The standard plan is ¥1,500 which gets you 60 minutes inside where you’re free to touch the birds, take pictures and have them sit on your arm as much as you like.

    They also have a Harris’s Hawk which are known for their intelligence. Hawks are often perceived as scary but they’re actually very friendly to humans.

     

    You can enjoy a drink at this café while playing with the owls and hawks. If you make a reservation you get a drink on the house, otherwise it’s ¥100. We recommend making a reservation if you’re planning a visit.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/119977

     

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    Owl’s Garden

    Address: Ingresso 2F, 4-31-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (Until 6:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursdays except on National Holidays)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Access: 6-minutes on foot from Harajuku Station via JR / 2-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro

    Website:https://owls-garden.jp

     

     

    Ra.a.g.f

    At this café you will come into contact with cute bunnies. 15 rabbits live in one room of this apartment. You pick one that wants to play at let them roam around the room. It costs ¥800 for 30 minutes and ¥1,100 for 60 minutes – and both options come with a drink. If you want to stay longer, it’s ¥550 for 30 minutes extensions.

    Purittsu-kun is the most popular rabbit because he looks just like Peter Rabbit. All the rabbits also know their own names, so try calling out to them!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/129775

     

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    Ra.a.g.f

    Address: Mezon Harajuku 3F, 6-14-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 12:00-19:30 (Last Entries 19:00) / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-20:00 Last Entries 19:30)

    Closed: Every Tuesday

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Exit A7 of Meiji Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro Line, 8-minutes on foot from Omotesando Exit of Harajuku Station via JR Line, 10-minutes on foot from Exit 13 of Shibuya Station via all lines

    Website: https://raagf.com

     

    Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café

    Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café is Tokyo’s first animal café for Mame-Shiba Inu. Upon stepping your paws into the Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café you are met by Mame-Shiba dogs wearing bandanas around their necks. The café itself has retro style decor with Showa music providing your soundtrack. Tickets can only be bought at the café. It’s ¥880 for an adult for for 30 minutes. Once you have your ticket you wait until your designated time. It’s not uncommon for tickets to be sold out on the day so we recommend buying yours early in the day.

    Customers are prohibited from picking up and embracing the dogs but you may receive a hug from one of them! Stroking and interacting with the energetic pups however is fine.

    When noon draws in the dogs start going into nap mode. You’ll see the number of them tumbling over for a sleep increase one by one. This makes it easy to snap some photos, so if you’re looking to take lots of photos with them you should go at midday!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/168087

     

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    Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café

    Address: Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café Floor 3F, 1-6-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit of Harajuku Station via the JR Line / 5-minutes on foot from Exit 5 of Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Line

    Business Hours: Weekdays 11:00-19:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:30-19:30

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Price: ¥880 (13+ Years) / ¥580 (4-12 Years With Parent/Guardian) / Free (3 Years and Below With Parent/Guardian)

    *You can also get a ticket for the owl cafe there. ¥1,400 for adults, ¥1,000 for children.

    Website: http://owls-cats-forest.com/free/mameshiba-harajuku

     

     

    Harajuku Kawaii Zoo Land

    You will meet many different animals at this café. The main colour seen inside is pink which elicits cuteness, friendliness and happiness.

    The animals all live together like one big family. It’s a chance to see a range of animals you normally wouldn’t come into contact with like capybara and meerkats.

     

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    Harajuku Kawaii Zoo Land

    Address: ITO Bldg. Floor 3F, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 03-3404-2233

    Website: http://harajukudoubutsuen.com

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Which one will you be visiting when you’re next in Harajuku?

  • P→★ (TEMPURA KIDZ) Animal Café Diary #4: Feeling at Peace With Shiba Inu at the Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café

    07.February.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    The long-awaited next entry to P→★’s Animal Café Diary is finally here!

     

    P→★ of Japanese pop dance and vocal group TEMPURA KIDZ loves animals, and this is his featured series in which he visits animal cafés around Tokyo. For diary entry No. 4, our P→★ visits the Harajuku Mame-Shiba Cafe located along Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street.

    Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café is Tokyo’s first animal café for Mame-Shiba Inu. It’s very easy to find being just a 3-minute walk from Harajuku Station and 5-minutes from Meiji-Jingumae Station so you can pop in during your Harajuku sightseeing.

     

    There is also an owl cafe called Harajuku Owl’s Forest in the same building on floor B1F which you can see in the picture above. P→★ also visited another owl cafe in Harajuku called Owl’s Garden.

    Upon stepping your paws into the Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café you are met by Mame-Shiba dogs wearing bandana around their necks. The café itself has retro style decor with Showa music providing your soundtrack. It also has tatami flooring so you will need to take your shoes off beforehand.

     

    Tickets can only be bought at the café. It’s ¥880 for an adult for for 30 minutes. Once you have your ticket you wait until your designated time. It’s not uncommon for tickets to be sold out on the day so we recommend buying yours early in the day.

    You can pick out one drink from the vending machine with your ticket. Pick from a range of teas, coffees and juices, sit down on the tatami mat and enjoy playing with the adorable Mame-Shiba. The café also as a retro TV and Japanese-style ‘chabudai’ tables for sitting on the floor.

    The pups are very energetic in the morning and each enjoy living their own lives in their own way as they please. A popular site to see is the dogs basking in the sunlight that shines through the café windows.

    Customers are prohibited from picking up and embracing the dogs, but like P→★ they may give you one instead! Stroking and interacting with the bouncy bunch however is fine.

    Use toys to play with them, give them food and treats, and find your favourite Mame-Shiba Inu from the pack.

    When noon draws in the dogs start going into nap mode. You’ll see the number of them tumbling over for a sleep increase one by one. This makes it easy to snap some photos, so if you’re looking to take lots of photos with them you should go at midday!

    There’s also merchandise on sale including items based on popular Shiba Inu characters like Chuken Mochi Shiba and Shibata-san. The most popular item is the key ring of Chuken Mochi Shiba laid sprawled.

    P→★ was very happy with his trip: “My grandma had a Shiba Inu called Aka-chan when I was small. Since then I always come into contact with Shiba Inu! I prefer Mame-Shiba who have a bit of individuality compared to the cute ones that look like Chihuahuas. The café has Japanese taste, is spacious and relaxed. I had the best time!”

    Harajuku Mame-Shiba Café brings in countless customers everyday from those who do not own pets to foreigners visiting Japan. Reservations cannot be made online or over the phone, so pop in to book when you’re in Harajuku.

  • P→★ (TEMPURA KIDZ) Animal Café Diary #3: Playing With Rabbits at Ra.a.g.f in Harajuku

    26.September.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    P→★ of Japanese pop dance and vocal group TEMPURA KIDZ loves animals. This is the 3rd entry to his featured series in which he visits animal cafés around the city.

     

    Ra.a.g.f in Harajuku was his destination this time around where he got to play with bunnies!

    The café is just a 5-minute walk from Meiji Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro lines, 8-minutes from Harajuku Station via the JR line, and within walking distance from all the lines at Shinjuku station, making it a perfect pit stop when sightseeing in Harajuku!

    About 15 rabbits live in one room at the large apartment. You pick one that you think wants to play at let them roam around the room. The rule is that you let them out one at a time. They’re a territorial animal, so if you let two out they will pick quarrels, and if they’re male and female they will end up mating.

    Pick a bunny from the cage that wants to play. It costs ¥800 for 30 minutes and ¥1,100 for 60 minutes – both options come with one drink. If you want to stay longer, it’s ¥550 per 30 minutes.

    The first bunny P→★ picked was the floppy-eared Roko-kun, a male Holland Lop.

    The rabbits seek out feed so if you use the food provided they will move closer to you. It’s ¥150 for a bunny snack. They have bad eyesight so it’s best to hold it close to their face. They also know their own names, so try calling out to a bunch of them.

    Rabbits are predatory so they’re not good with being hugged. It’s strictly forbidden to hold the rabbits in the café, so guide them to your lap with the snack.

    Roko-kun kindly came and sat on P→★’s lap! Rabbits hate being touched under the chin and on the belly, so when petting them make sure to do it gently from their heads down their backs.

    They seem to be getting along nicely! “He’s cute, I want to keep him myself! So fluffy!” said P→★.

    The next rabbit that P→★ met was the most handsome of the herd – Purittsu-kun, a male Netherland Dwarf. He’s the most popular in the café because he looks just like Peter Rabbit.

    Purittsu-kun likes to run around people. It was like he was intending to play with P→★. He was in good health today.

    His special skill is handshakes. Try shaking his hands too by timing it when he puts his forefeet up when giving him his snack.

    The final bunny of the day is Rakuda-chan, a female mini Rex rabbit. She seems to be the most popular amongst foreign customers. She’s chubby around the chin and butt so she looks really fluffy.

    She’s good with people so she jumped straight onto P→★’s lap!

    Rakuda-chan also loves getting a massage from the customers! If  you pet her from her forehead down to her butt she’ll lie sprawled across the floor. She’s the only rabbit in the café that does this, so she’s got a lot of repeat customers!

    P→★ was very satisfied having gotten to play with so many bunnies!

     

    “When I was in elementary school I touched a lot of rabbits at Toby Zoo, so I’m super happy I got to pet a lot today! I was also surprised by how different it feels to touch a rabbit with long fur and one with short fur! Rakuda-chan is my favourite. She made me feel a lot better♡ “

    There’s a lot of other rabbit breeds at Ra.a.g.f too. The kind staff there will show you how to play with them all. “The lady there was really interesting, she attended to the rabbits like she was a nursery school teacher! Be sure to try going there yourself!” said P→★.

     

    You can also buy the rabbits on sale there and they also have a rabbit hotel. There’s even rabbit merchandise you can buy, so if you’re a lover of bunnies then you absolutely have to visit!

     

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    Ra.a.g.f

    Address: Mezon Harajuku 3F, 6-14-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 12:00-19:30 (Last Entries 19:00) / Weekends & Holidays 11:00-20:00 Last Entries 19:30)

    Closed: Every Tuesday

    Access: 5-minutes on foot from Exit A7 of Meiji Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro Line, 8-minutes on foot from Omotesando Exit of Harajuku Station via JR Line, 10-minutes on foot from Exit 13 of Shibuya Station via all lines

    Website: https://raagf.com

     

    Model: P→★(TEMPURA KIDZ)@0830_pika

    Photo: Kayo Sekiguchi

    Text: Sayoko Ishii

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Reptile Café Opens in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho District

    18.May.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    You’ve seen cat cafés and owl cafés―now introducing the newly opened reptile café Raputoru (‘reptile’) in Kabukicho, Shinjuku.

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    Roll up to see over 100 snakes, as well as the giant tortoise, friendly monitor lizards, and a host of reptiles you’ve probably never seen before.

     

    Here’s a small glimpse at some of the reptiles you can expect to see at the café.

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    Ball Python

    The café has around 70 ball pythons on display which customers are able to touch.

     

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    Asian Water Monitor

    The Asian water monitor inhabits locations across Asia. It’s a gentle and extremely smart lizard. You’ll be able to touch its head and body to feel the texture of its skin as well as feed it chicken.

     

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    Green Iguana (Albino)

    The albino green iguana―a very rare species.

     

     

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    Aldabra Giant Tortoise

    This splendid giant tortoise turns 33-years-old this year. He weighs 90kg and is undaunted by people riding him.

     

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    This is a must-see for reptile lovers. Enjoy your time there with family and friends!

     

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    Reptile Café – Raputoru

    Address: 2-17-10 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Opening Hours:

    [Monday/Wednesday/Friday] 4pm-9pm (Last Orders 8:30pm)

    [Weekends] 2pm-9pm (Last Orders 8:30pm)

    Closed: Tuesdays & Thursdays (except during national holidays))

    TEL: 03-6912-9445

    Website: https://reptiles-cafe.com/

  • P→★ (TEMPURA KIDZ) Animal Café Diary #1: Making Friends with Otters at HARRY Harajuku Terrace Café!

    24.January.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    I love animals!

     

    This is P→★ from TEMPURA KIDZ and welcome to the first entry of my brand new series. I’ll be updating occasionally. What’s a better way to start a series than to make friends with some otters and hedgehogs in Harajuku? Today, I went to HARRY Harajuku Terrace café to do just that!

     

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    It’s not just what’s inside the café, but its location is also worthy of note – it’s just an 8-minute walk from JR Harajuku station and a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Meiji-Jingu station, so it’s easy to drop by after a busy day of being a tourist. The wow-factor of this café is the three very sociable otters. This highly successful café draws in customers that come day after day, seeking the ultimate soothing feeling of bonding with their new friends.

     

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    All their faces look the same, but you can tell them apart by looking at their tails. The otter called Miku has a thin tail, whereas San has a thick one and Kirara has a flat one. Particularly Kirara is brimming with curiosity and is the one with whom you are mostly likely to interact, if you should pop by!

     

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    Full of excitement, the otters reached through the small hole in the tank to ask for food and toys. It was overwhelmingly cute. When they want a treat, they call out with their peculiar squeal. You can purchase snacks for them within the café. If you give them food, your friendship will grow increasingly stronger.

     

    Otter snack prices:

    First-time customers: ¥330 (price including tax)

    Standard price: ¥540 (price including tax)

     

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    As the café name “HARRY” implies, the café has hedgehogs (harinezumi). The hedgehogs heal the tired hearts of all the café visitors. All the hedgehogs are friendly and rarely ever raise their quills at anyone, so you can touch them safely.

     

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    Even I can handle a hedgehog!

    Even though hedgehogs are rather timid, they can still open their hearts to you! I can’t believe that we even touched noses to communicate! It’s amazing!

     

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    The café was once a pet shop that sold rabbits and other small animals. This is it’s first time running business as a café, and that’s why you can not only interact with the animals here, but also buy one to keep. The staff also provide important information on how to properly care for the animals and diseases to which they are prone. If you are interested, then please feel free to ask them any kind of question.

     

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    There are many other animals in the shop. This is a large French Lop rabbit. 3 months after birth, their bodyweight can even reach up to 7kg. Their droopy ears were so cute and their fur was so fluffy! I was filled with happiness.

     

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    …and there were even chinchillas.  They have fluffy tails and look so cute!

     

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    I approached them with some grass for them to snack on, and as soon as they saw me, they ran at me full of energy – we even got a photo together! As all the animals at this café are used to people, it’s easy to take pictures with them to upload on SNS websites!

     

    The café has such a large variety of food for small animals that was quickly noticed by customers who were interested in buying a pet. You can ask the staff what type of food is appropriate for which animal.

     

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    I spent a lot of time surrounded by my favourite animals. I was particularly captured by the otters’ cute behaviour! HARRY Harajuku Terrace gives you the opportunity to freely interact with small animals – something that you can’t really do at a zoo or anywhere else. If you’re in Harajuku, how about stopping by? You may have to wait 30 minutes to enter the café if the store is closed. The café is very popular so I recommend that you reserve in advance!

     

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    HARRY Harajuku Terrace

    Address:Jingu-mae 426 Building floor 3, Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Opening hours:11:00-19:00 (Last entries: 18:30)

    Regular closing days: None

    Access:8-min walk from JR Harajuku station, 5-min walk from Meiji-jingu station Tokyo metro line

    URL:http://www.animalcafe.tokyo

     

    Model:P→★(TEMPURA KIDZ)@0830_pika 

    Writer:Ryoichi Komaba

    Photographer:Haruka Yamamoto

    Translator: Samantha Fernandes

  • White oriental small-clawed otter will come to Japan! Let’s visit “Kotsumeito,” an animal shop located on Ikebukuro’s Sunshine Street

    22.December.2017 | SPOT

    A white oriental small-clawed otter came to “Kotsumeito,” an exotic animal shop located in East Ikebukuro.

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    This “white oriental small-clawed otter” which a very rare animal was sent to Japan from a breeding facility of white oriental small-clawed otters in Indonesia. The otter can be seen from around the 20th of December.

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     “Kotsumeito” is a place where you can have a great time with the white oriental small-clawed otter.

     

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    Let’s watch this animal’s cute movements by giving it a snack.

     

     

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    Exotic animal shop Kotsumeito

     

    Address: Narita Building 5F, 1-29-4, East Ikebukuro, Toyoshima-ku, Kyoto

    Business hours: 11:00 to 20:00

    Access: 5F of the building where Matsuya is located. The building is located in front of Tokyu Hands of Sunshine Street

     

    Price: <30 minutes course>

    Weekdays 1,000 yen / Saturday, Sunday and holidays 1,300 yen

    (Students below junior high school – 800 yen, 1,000 yen)

     

    <60 minutes course>

    Weekdays 2,000 yen, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 2,600 yen

    (Students below junior high school – 1,600 yen, 2.000 yen – must come with parents.)

     

    URL:http://ktm-kawaii.com/

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