Yahoneko: Tokyo Kunitachi

Yahoneko is one of the liveliest cat cafes we've visited in Tokyo, and the spacious playroom is well set up to keep the 28 resident cats entertained and happy. In addition to the usual shelves, climbing courses and cat tunnels there's also a giant exercise wheel - a much larger version of a hamster wheel - which is used frequently. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the busy supermarket just across the alleyway, so there's plenty of outside activity for the cats to oversee.

The playroom is comfortably furnished for human visitors as well, with a huge manga library and a big-screen monitor showing a stream of anime programming. For a small charge you can help yourself to unlimited coffee, tea and soft drinks.

Cat treats are priced at Y500 for three packs of around a dozen pellets each. These are enormously popular, and a good investment if you want to make friends quickly. When you make a purchase you'll be given a tightly sealed plastic tub to keep them in until you distribute them.

Unlike in other cafes, you're allowed to (carefully) pick up and hold at least some of the cats; ask the staff which ones are allowed. Children from five years old are allowed, and visitors under the age of twenty must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

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Tokyo Kunitachi / Cat cafe
Open 1-9pm (last entry 8:30; Sat, Sun 10am-8pm) daily.
Admission: Y150 for each ten minutes. Y250 for the "free drink" bar
Average visit time: 30 minutes
Kunitachi-shi, Fujimidai 1-10-15, Takara Bldg 2F.
2 minutes from Yaho Station (JR Nambu line)