Tenshi no Koneko Neko: Sendai

Open since 2009, when the first wave of cat cafes swept Japan, this popular spot has accumulated a whopping 35 resident cats, along with a devoted cadre of regular customers who seem to know them by name. We arrived just before 5pm on a weekday and encountered a maelstrom of frenetic activity in the playroom - it turns out that everyone here is very aware of approaching dinnertime, so this is a good time to see lots of wide-awake cats.

Things settled down soon after dinner, with some cats looking for napping spots while others chased each other around the playroom or hung out with visitors. Unlike most cafes we've visited, there's a surprising lack of toys here - the proprietor said it was to prevent fights - but the more curious cats in the herd seemed intent on investigating customers' bags, cameras and other belongings.

The playroom is large and sunny, with lots of comfortable seating. There's an option for unlimited tea and coffee, although it's okay if you don't order anything. Cat treats are not available.

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Tenshi no Koneko Neko
Sendai / Cat cafe
Open 10:30am-7pm (last admission 6:30) daily.
Cover charge weekdays Y600 for 30 minutes, Y1000 for 60 minutes, and Y200 for each additional 15 minutes. On weekends and holidays it's Y700 for 30 minutes, Y1100 for 60 minutes, and Y300 for each additional 15 minutes.
Average visit time: 30-60 minutes
Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi-ken, Ichibancho 3-6-13, Shopping Plaza Omachi Bldg 3F.