Nyankoto: Tokyo Takadanobaba

Nyankoto has some of the prettiest cats in town - all thirteen of the residents have impressive pedigrees, and the two frisky Exotic Shorthair kittens are especially cute. The little booklet introducing the cats by name also lists an unusual Kinkalow (a cross between a Munchkin and an American Curl) and Lambkin (Selkirk Rex and Munchkin cross), along with three Munchkins, a Selkirk Rex, a Ragamuffin, a Himalayan and an American Curl, among others. In comparison, the lone Persian in the house seems as commonplace as an alleycat.

The cats here are also among the liveliest we've encountered - one extra-friendly fellow actually managed to jump on our shoulder while we were putting our bag in a locker during a recent visit. The pen we were using to take notes with provided endless amusement whenever it was knocked to the floor, and the mirrored base of our table served as another popular source of entertainment.

The playroom is relatively large by cat-cafe standards, with a couple of benches up front and a table you can sit at if you don't want to stretch out on the floor. Drinks are free - just help yourself from the vending machine - but be careful where you put them down. Cat treats are Y100.

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Tokyo Takadanobaba / Cat cafe
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Y800 cover charge for the first hour, Y200 for each additional 15 minutes
Average visit time: 60 minutes
Takadanobaba 2-14-6, Swan Bldg #201.