Find Your Next Best Pal at the Mameshiba Cafe
Unfortunately, there aren't that many chances to meet a Shiba dog in Japan for tourists—until now. At the Mameshiba Cafe located in Takeshita Street in Harajuku, for 880 yen for 30 minutes, you can play with the 12 friendly canine staff members.
Worship Your Feline Friend with Its Own Shrine
Your cat already walks around like a god of the house, so why not get a cardboard shrine to show your true devotion.
13.000 Wintering Cranes Headed to Kagoshima
More than 13,000 cranes are flocking to Izumi Plain in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan.
Deer Dare to Cool Down in Ditch
A herd of deer tries to cool off in a ditch as temperatures continue to soar in Nara, western Japan.
Kyoto Ducklings' Annual Temple to River Trip
Ducklings born at a temple in Kyoto move to a nearby river in what has become an annual event. The move has become an annual event since a pair of ducks came to the temple and had babies in a pond 15 years ago.
This Cat Café is Like a Feline Fairy Tale
If you only have the chance to go to one cat cafe in Tokyo, try Temari no Oshiro—a castle for cats. With no time limit and 21 cats, you might consider living the rest of your life there.
Ueno Zoo Opens New Panda Habitat
Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens unveiled a new enclosure for giant pandas.
'Purrfect' Fairy Tale Theme Park for Cat Fans
If you're a cat lover, don't just go to any cat café. Go to a cat palace!
Renaissance Paintings Purr-fect for Cat Lovers
Japanese contemporary artist Tokuhiro Kawai uses his mastery of oil painting to create surreal images that invoke the Italian painters of the High Renaissance. But instead of heroes, saints, and the divine, he largely focuses on lots of cats.
This Owl Café in Akihabara Is a Hoot!
Looking for a unique animal experience in Tokyo? Akiba Fukurou just may be the solution.
Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo Reopens
People flock to Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo, which has reopened after closing for about four months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Artist Makes 3D Sculptures of Strange Pet Pics
For one artist, scrolling past cute viral pics of animals is enough to inspire crafting sculptures that imagine new creatures.
Cuddle With Adorable Micro Pigs at Mipig Café
The newest player in animal cafés is here: micro pigs. The Mipig Cafe in Meguro is a four-story playpen for its 10 friendly resident micro pigs. Experience the cute cuddliness of of baby and adult micro pigs.
Adorable Capybaras Enjoy Relaxing Soak
In search of a spirit animal? Check out these capybaras as they enjoy a hot bath at an animal park in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo.
Mie's Wondrous Walking Sea Otter
A sea otter at an aquarium in central Japan has learned to walk on two feet.
The 5-Hour Wild Boar Chase in Niigata
Police officers in the city of Tsubame, about 300 kilometers north of Tokyo, spent five hours chasing a wild boar after the animal was spotted roaming near rice paddies.
A Portable Home for Hedgehogs on the Go
As hedgehogs are becoming more and more popular as pets in Japan, so are people wanting to meet one in person. And with this portable home, you can bring your prickly pet anywhere you go.
Adorable Mame Shiba Banknotes
This Shiba Inu currency becomes so popular it gets its very own line of merchandise.
Wild Deer Captured in Tokyo
Tokyo police and firefighters manage to capture a wild deer that had been spotted along the banks of a local river.
Flowchart of Penguin Drama & Relationships
The lives of real penguins in Kyoto and Sumida Aquariums have been detailed in high-resolution flowcharts, and it's full of penguin crushes, heartbreaks, adultery and even egg-stealing. All the things that make for a great reality television show.