I love Japan so much! One of the things I like best about Japan is all the cool cafes you’d never find anywhere else. While you might find an Owl Cafe somewhere else in the world you can definitely find them all over Japan! I went to Akiba Fukurou this past week and while it didn’t serve food like other cafes, it served one of the best and most fun experiences I’ve had!
From the outside you’d never guess how lovely the inside would be (ha). The pictures are just to show what Owls they have and what time slots are open, you don’t have to reserve a specific owl.
You got to learn their names and a bit about them! In Japan it’s well, a kind of common option to have an owl as a pet! You can find them in pet stores easily. It’s the same with this particular Owl “Cafe”. They’ve been raised as pets since they were babies, they are also treated kind and are allowed to fly free if wanted (except the bigger owls, they’re given a special day off so no fights break out). They also have special pink markers placed above some of the owl’s names to let you know this one is resting and not to pick it up!
I think it was decorated very nice, the lights were dim, relaxing classical music and nothing loud or bright in sight. That owl faucet was so cute as well! You were given a place to put bags, coats and such. Then you had to sanitize your hands, given your choice of bottled drink and could pick a seat. But try not to worry which seat as your hour will go so quick you won’t have time to sit. Then we listened to a few instructions (available in a few other languages) and off we went to pet and wait for an owl to be placed on our arms by the staff!
Some were sleepy and some were ready to hang out hehe. I must admit having never been near an owl I was a little nervous at first glance but the owls were sweet and let me pet them!
The string is so they won’t try to climb up your arm but alas mine did anyway! I only held two different owls because I had my favorites picked out but my husband, sister and what looked like all the other patrons got up to 4 or 5 different ones in that hour. One of the owls was named Charles Xavier!! He was sleeping though so maybe next time I can hold Professor X.
My favorite owl is the Barn Owl and that might be because of one of my favorite moves “Labyrinth”. His name was Shirasu (most were named after food) and I had so much fun holding him. He really loved the camera and flew on top of it which seems like something he does a lot!
I really liked how big and small all the owls were. I didn’t expect that many~They’re beautiful creatures. At the end we said our goodbyes and were given a really lovely free gift (laminated picture and a hand warmer), the perfect keepsake. To go to this place though you should make a reservation. You can make one up to 3 days in advance and they do sell out fast. It costs about 1500 yen per person, which I’m glad to pay again for so much fun. Thanks for reading and let us know if you go to an Owl Cafe or if you’ve been to one!!