Ekoneko: Tokyo Ekoda

[UPDATE: Ekoneko is temporarily closed while they are preparing to move to a new location. Check their website or call for up-to-date details.] This local rescue-cat cafe has a roomful of friendly cats and a very proactive staff who spend a lot of energy keeping them entertained. We were lucky enough to be there when the staff gave out cat treats for the visitors to dispense. Rather than ordinary kibble, these were a lobster-flavored paste that proved to be extremely popular, and even previously aloof cats managed to overcome their shyness.

The medium-size playroom has mostly floor seating for visitors, although there are four or five small stools as well. Bouncy, idol-focused J-pop plays nonstop in the background. There were twenty cats and three staff members present when we visited, although the number can vary.

Children are allowed, but those in elementary school and junior high school must be accompanied by an adult guardian. The admssion fee covers the first hour, and you'll need to keep track of the time yourself.

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Tokyo Ekoda / Cat cafe
Open noon-10pm (last entry 9pm). Closed Wednesdays.
Admission Y1100 for the first hour, Y500 for each additional 30 minutes
Average visit time: 60 minutes
Nerima-ku, Asahigaoka 1-73-1, Dai-2 Takeshima Bldg 2F.
1 minute from Ekoda station (Seibu-Ikebukuro line); 9 minutes from Egota station (Oedo line)