On a recent trip, NextShark was able to check out one of the dozens of famous cat cafes in Japan.
This particular cafe is called “Cat Cafe NekoYa” and is located in 2 Chome-2-3 Shintomicho, Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture 350-0043, Japan.
We first had to get up a short flight of stairs.
Then we were met with a small door asking us to take off our shoes.
There’s a lobby area where you’re required to wash your hands before handling the cats.
There are also lockers to put your stuff in.
Here was the pricing: 10 minutes = 150 yen ($1.30), 2 hours = 1,500 yen ($12.80), 3 hours = 1,800 yen ($15.00). The maximum amount a customer can pay is 2,000 yen ($17.00) on weekdays and 3,000 yen ($25.60) on the weekends.
Enter the play area!
There were a variety of cats and kittens to play with.
As you can see, they can be extremely playful.
… or tired and sleepy.
There are drinks available for 100 yen (85 cents) if you’re thirsty.
There is also a lot of manga to read if you’re bored.
When asked where the cats come from, the staff told us that they were bought from breeders.
The kittens, however, are rented from the breeders.
The cats live in the cafe and will be there for the rest of their lives.
Overall we had a great time!