If being in a room full of cute furballs makes you happy, then a visit to one of Tokyo’s cat cafés should be on your must-do list. Popular among locals and tourists alike, cat cafés are amusing venues to hang out with your favorite felines.

For the uninitiated, how a cat café works is pretty simple. All you need to do is to pay for a time-based cover charge, buy yourself a drink, and observe a few simple rules on how to pet the cats. If it’s your lucky day, you might also win their affection.

These specialty cafés are scattered all over Tokyo that squeezing in some playtime with the kitties in between your sightseeing activities wouldn’t be so hard. And to help you further, we’ve listed the best cat cafés for each of Tokyo’s most popular districts.

So how about you get your cat charm on because it’s meow time!

1. Neko JaLaLa in Akihabara

Door entrance to Neko JaLaLa in Akihabara.

Door entrance to Neko JaLaLa in Akihabara. From Flickr

Akihabara district, Tokyo’s hive for anything otaku, surely has a spot reserved for the cat fandom. Watch out for a door with a picture of a large cat as you wander off a bit from Electric Town, and soon enough you’ll find yourself in the presence of some fine feline divas.

Neko JaLaLa boasts of its exotic breeds such as Abyssinians and Main Coons making this café popular among enthusiasts. And in true diva fashion, it is likely that they’ll make you wait for your turn to see them. Thus, it is best to call in first to make a reservation.

Access:
4 minute walk from Suehirocho Station
10 minute walk from Akihabara Station

Address:
3-5-5 1F Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Price Range:
Time-based price starts at ¥550/30 mins

Patrons also need to order at least one drink

Tel:
03-3258-2525

Website:
http://www.nekojalala.com
(Japanese only)

2. Nyanny in Akihabara

Be this cutie’s nanny at Nyanny Cat Café in Akihabara.

Be this cutie’s nanny at Nyanny Cat Café in Akihabara. From Flickr

A Japanese home converted into a cat mansion, Cat Café Nyanny offers a more spacious and more relaxed environment for both the cats and its doting guests. Tucked in a building of a lesser-known street in Akihabara, this spot feels more like your own bedroom than a café – with at least a dozen cats to win over.

Access:
1 minute walk from Suehirocho Station
6 minute walk from Akihabara Station

Address:
4F Saison Akihabara
4-8-3 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Price Range:
Time-based price starts at ¥1000/hr (¥1200/hr on weekends and public holidays)

Tel:
080-4237-5810

Website:
http://www.catcafe-akiba.com

3. MoCHA in Shibuya

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Even cats like pedestrian crossings at Cat Café MoCHA in Shibuya.

Dubbed as a chain of designer cat cafés, MoCHA is a notch above the competition with its stylish interiors made not just to look pretty, but also to delight our furry friends. Its Shibuya branch is a casual yet very trendy hangout spot with a nice view of the surrounding locality.

When you’re done with shopping and have had enough of the scramble at the world-famous Shibuya crossing, come here to unwind, play with the kitties, and spend some healing time.

Access:
5 minute walk from Shibuya Station

Address:
32-12 Udagawacho Assorti Shibuya 8F
Shibuya 150-0042, Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Last entry at 9:30 PM)

Price Range:
Time-based price starts at ¥200/10mins

Tel:
03-6455-3503

Website:
http://www.catmocha.jp

4. MoCHA in Harajuku

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Cats perched on a stylish tree at Cat Café MoCHA in Harajuku.

MoCHA fits the Harajuku vibe like a glove. This newly opened branch combines the chicest of the cat café world with the most fashionable neighborhood in all of Japan. The result: a luxurious hangout with the cutest cats and with some of Tokyo’s most beautiful crowd.

Access:
Less than 1 minute walk from Harajuku Station

Address:
4F Cross Avenue Harajuku
1-14-25 Jingu-mae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Last entry at 7:30 PM)

Price Range:
Time-based price starts at ¥200/10mins

Tel:
03-6477-2665

Website:
http://www.catmocha.jp

5. Cat Café Calico in Shinjuku

Have a drink while making friends with the cats of Calico Cat Café in Shinjuku

Have a drink while making friends with the cats of Calico Cat Café in Shinjuku. From Flickr

This place has a lot of cats! Calico Cat Café is the largest one in Tokyo housing over 50 cats in its two-floor facility located right smack in Shinjuku’s vibrant Kabukicho district.

With thrice the number of cats than the usual cat café, it’s almost impossible for you not to attract at least one. If it’s still not the case, purchase some cat treats from the staff and surely, you’ll be cat-popular in no time!

Access:
8 minute walk from Shinjuku Station

Address:
6F Fuji Building
1-16-2 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Price Range:
Time-based price starts at ¥1000/hr (¥1200/hr on weekends and public holidays)

Tel:
03-6457-6387

Website:
http://catcafe.jp
(Japanese only)

6. MONTA in Asakusa

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How to get cats to notice you at MONTA Cat Café in Asakusa.

The temple district is also home to another one of Tokyo’s stylish cat cafés – MONTA. Relatively new to the scene, MONTA breaks away from the usual cat café standard of just offering basic drinks by adding tempting items on their menu. They have pasta, pancakes, and a good selection of desserts. Combine this with the interiors – an impeccably decorated living room, the experience is something comfortable and familiar…

Something like home.

Access:
1 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Address:
8F Satellite Fuji Building
1-5-2 Hanakawado, Taito, Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Price Range:
Time-based price starts at ¥200/10mins

Tel:
03-5830-7428

Website:
http://cafe-monta.jugem.jp
(Japanese only)

7. Asakusa Nekoen

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Laze around with the kitties at Asakusa Nekoen

Tiny but full of heart, Asakusa Nekoen stands out among all of Tokyo’s cat cafés for a very special reason – all of its precious cats are rehabilitated strays that are now up for adoption. Its owner has been rescuing cats for the past 7 years, and by patronizing this particular cat café, you also get to help her sustain her advocacy.

Asakusa Nekoen is an excellent place for animal lovers, but may underwhelm those who aren’t much of an advocate. To further manage expectations, this place looks and feels more like a room full of cats than an actual café or a commercial establishment. Understand that its main draw is its purpose, and not so much its style.

Access:
9 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Address:
6F Umamichi Myoukenya Building
3-1-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Sunday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (except Tuesdays, closed)

Price Range:
Time-based price starts at ¥800/hr

Tel:
03-3876-3813

Website:
http://www.asakusanekoen.com

8. Nekozanmai (or Neko3my) in Asakusa

Nekozanmai is a cat café with a twist. Aside from providing a nice sunny space to enjoy some playtime with their cats, this café can also be rented out as a photo studio. Bring in your costumes, strike a pose with the in-house feline celebrities, and get your photos taken by a pro! The resulting photos may just as well be your unique Japan souvenir.

Access:
6 minute walk from Asakusa Station

Address:
2F Ninomiya Denpo Building
1-39-11 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo

Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 12:00PM – 7:00 PM
Closed on Mondays and also on Tuesdays (if Monday is a national holiday)

Price Range:
Time-based price starts at ¥756/30 mins

Tel:
03-6231-7542

Website:
http://www.neko3my.tokyo
(Japanese only)

9. Cat Café Cateriam in Shimokitazawa

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Cute latte art at Cat Café Cateriam in Shimokitazawa.

Last but not the least, cats in trendy Shimokitzawa’s Cat Café Cateriam sure do live up to their neighborhood’s hipster cred. These kitties are so hip that some of them have their own individual Twitter feeds, DVD’s, and other memorabilia. Imagine that!

Access:
1 minute walk from Shimokitazawa Station

Address:
2F Montblanc Building
2-26-6 Shimokitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo

Hours:
Tuesday to Friday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Closed on Mondays

Price Range:
Time-based price starts at ¥1000/hr

Tel:
03-3468-8114

Website:
http://cateriam.com
(Japanese only)