Nekoen: Tokyo Asakusa

It isn't the biggest or the most populous cat cafe in town, but the vivacious and outgoing proprietor helps make Nekoen (Cat Park) a comfortable spot to hang out for an hour. And it doesn't hurt that they serve alcohol, so you can treat the place as a cat bar as well as a cat cafe. Beers and canned cocktails are Y400, while soft drinks are Y150 each.

Fifteen lively cats were in residence when we visited, including one very playful two-month-old kitten. Since this is a rescue-cat cafe though, the population varies as new cats come in and other cats are adopted. The playroom itself is relatively small, with seating for around six or seven visitors at a time. Cats and visitors can enjoy a view of Tokyo Skytree, which is about fifteen minutes away on foot.

With English-speaking staff and a website translated into nine different languages, Nekoen is well prepared for the tourists who frequent this sightseer-popular neighborhood. Note that tourists who arrive in sandals with no socks will be required to purchase a pair of embarrassing cat-themed socks to wear during their visit - don't say you haven't been warned.

Cat treats are Y100.

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Nekoen
03-3876-3813
Tokyo Asakusa / Cat cafe
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Cover charge Y800 for one hour, Y200 for each additional thirty minutes.
Average visit time: 60 minutes
Taito-ku, Asakusa 3-1-1, Umamichi Myoukenya Bldg 6F.
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