4. Hukulou Coffee (Osaka)
Can’t decide between a cat café and an owl café? Why not try both? At Hukulou Coffee, just north of Nakazakicho Station on the Osaka loop line, Fuku-chan the owl and Marimo-chan the cat work together to charm the fur and feathers off every visitor to the area. The drinks are even reasonably priced, and you can also get pasta and pancakes.
The shop’s name is an anglicization of fukuro, the Japanese word for owl, with the “f” replaced by an “h” and the “r” replaced by an “l,” as sometimes happens around here.
3. Akiba Fukurou (Tokyo)
Owl cafés are all about washing away the stress of your life in a shower of feathery cuteness. Akiba Fukurou in Akihabara takes the relaxation principle a step futher, with soft lighting, harmoniously arranged white furniture and calming bacground music to soothe the hooting soul. Send an email for advance reservation—you can book anywhere from three days to 20 minutes in advance, and the site has an English option.
2. Fukurou no Shiro (Aomori, Chiba, Tokyo & Gifu)
pened in February 2015, Fukuro no Shiro, or Owl’s Castle, claims to be the first owl café in Tohoku. It certainly represents the northernmost outpost of the Fukuro no Shiro chain, which has additional branches in Ichihara and Kisarazu cities in Chiba Prefecture, as well as one just west of Yoshikawakoen Station in Chiba City proper.
Here you’ll find a number of owls, as well as regular additions of fuzzy little babies. You can pet them, let them ride your shoulder and feed them. The standard set includes an hour of feathered interaction, plus one drink and photopraphs.
The Hirosaki branch is located just east of Hirosaki Station, though it’s about a thirty-minute walk to Hirosaki Castle. Two more branches can be found near Shin Okubo and Harajuku stations in Tokyo, as well as a lone branch in Nakatsugawa City in Gifu Prefecture, which is known more grandly as Fukurou no Iru Mori Café, or the “Forest Where the Owls Are” Café.
1. Owl no Mori (Tokyo)
Forget those other heart-warming cafés and experience something wild. Set foot inside Owl no Mori and you’ll find forest, forest, forest everywhere! Besides the owls, there are also parrots, piranhas and colorful fish. You can freely interact with them all, but you may want to leave the piranhas alone. Just a few minutes north of Akihabara Station, reasonable rates no time restriction (outside of crowded periods) make this one of the most outstanding owl cafés in Tokyo.