Animal cafés have taken over Tokyo in recent years and although the majority of which have cats as stars, of course, there’d always be a place dedicated for our favorite canines. Dog cafés and dog-staffed establishments are adorable places to interact with these furry friends. Check out Tokyo’s Top 5:
Dog Heart from Aquamarine (Shibuya)
After making a stop at Hachiko’s statue at Shibuya crossing, why not visit more of his friends at Tokyo’s most popular dog café: Dog Heart from Aquamarine. Unlike cat cafés, which are more chill places to hang out, dog cafés are definitely more energetic. The minute you enter their space, these dogs will wag their tails at you and demand your attention for some play time. Expect a bunch of toy poodles, a few beagles, and a lone golden retriever. You can opt to play with them indoors or you could take them for a walk outside, while a partitioned area is reserved for the actual café that serves basic items like tea, soda, and juice for just ¥100.
Address: 1 Chome-45-2 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Price: Cover charge of ¥950 for 30 mins. (drinks not included)
Website: http://dog-heart.ico.bz (Japanese only)
Dog Time / Inu No Jikan (Katsushika)
Dog Time is a cozy spot with just the right number of canines that it’s not too hyper of a place. Six small dogs are the stars of this café. They are cute, cuddly, and will disarm you with their puppy look. Located in Katsushika, it can be a bit hard to reach if coming from the city center, but for those who are still determined to pay a visit for some dog time, make sure to give the owners a call first. This place only accepts guests on a reservation-only basis.
Address: 7 Chome-24-3 Aoto, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
Price: Cover charge of ¥1,500 for 1 hour (inclusive of unlimited soda and some snacks)
Website: http://ootukainuyashiki.blog121.fc2.com (Japanese only)
Wan-nyan Café & Pet Hotel NeoNeo (Itabashi)
Wan-nyan Café & Pet Hotel NeoNeo in Itabashi is a unique establishment that houses a dog-staffed café on the first floor and a cat café on the second floor. The dog-staffed café is quite a different concept from dog cafés in the sense that it is more of a dining with dogs place rather than a place to play with dogs, with drinks on the side. In this spot, there are 3 dogs who are considered to be part of the café’s staff to entertain patrons. Guests are likewise allowed to bring their own dogs with them as long as they follow some guidelines set by the owners. Also, unlike dog cafés whose drink menu is pretty much basic stuff, here you can enjoy freshly ground coffee concoctions as well as tasty chiffon cakes.
Address: 3-25-4 Maenocho, Itabashi, Tokyo
Price: Cover charge of ¥500 for 1 hour plus drink ~ ¥300
Website: http://cafe-neoneo.com (Japanese only)
Café Bar A Plus (Asakusa)
Café Bar A+ in Asakusa lets you have hearty meals, great coffee, and friendly drinks in the company of the resident dog staff – a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle, or even your own canine baby. The food served is Western and as for the drinks, there’s coffee, beer, wine, and some spirits.
Address: 3-4-10 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999
Website: http://cafebar-a-plus.com (Japanese only)
Café Russ-Kich (Setagaya)
The suburban neighborhoods of Setagaya are full of charm and quaint cafés featuring different themes and styles. Café Russ-Kich is one of them and here you will be served coffee and light meals with the charming hospitality of a golden retriever and a toy poodle. Like other dog-staffed cafés, diners are free to bring their own dogs, even big ones. It’s a popular hangout spot among dog owners in the area because it’s nearby the Komazawa Koen Park.
Address: 6-24-11 Fukasawa, Setagaya, Tokyo
Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999
Website: http://russ-kich.wixsite.com/russ-kich (Japanese only)
All price information in this article are as of September 2016.
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