Nyanny: Tokyo Akihabara

This branch of the Nyanny cat cafe in Akihabara offers a very unusual experience. The space takes up two floors of an office building and used to be the building owner's residence. After you slip off your shoes at the fourth floor entrance, it's like entering someone's apartment - downstairs is a library space lined with bookshelves full of manga and two salarymen lounging in a corner.

Upstairs there's a large bedroom with Tracey Emin's unmade bed on the floor and a separate Japanese-style tatami room. You feel like you're invading someone's home, and wonder if it could be the creepy house from the movie Juon.

The cafe has been open since 2013 and has about a dozen resident cats including Persian, American Shorthair, Ragamuffin and Bengal breeds. The star on our visit was a Scottish Fold who was particularly lively and mischievous.

The friendly staff informed us that the cats are most frisky and perky at opening time or in the evening. At around 3pm, you're going to find an awful lot of catnapping going on in comfy beds dotted around the venue.

Cat snacks are available for Y300, and drinks for humans from Y200-600. English is not spoken, but the staff are friendly and proficient in gesticulation.

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Tokyo Akihabara / Cat cafe
Open 11am-9pm. Closed 2nd Tuesday.
Cover charge Y1000 for 60 minutes (Y1200 on weekends and holidays), or Y500 for thirty minutes (weekdays)
Average visit time: 60 minutes
Chiyoda-ku, Soto-Kanda 4-8-3, Saison Akihabara 4F.