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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