Tokyo Owl Cafes – The City’s 10 Best

Like coffee? Like owls? You're in for a treat. Check out our rundown of the 10 best Tokyo Owl Cafes.

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Photo Credit: Yuki Hirano via Flickr cc

Tokyo isn’t short of unusual cafes: Maid Cafes, Manga Cafes, Butler Cafes and, of course, Animal Cafes. The latter craze began in 2004 with Japan and the world’s first Cat Cafe. The concept soon gathered speed and has now become a truly global phenomenon. Yet, Tokyo, a city which is never content to sit still, soon came up with something new. Say hello to the Owl Cafe.

For a great rundown of Tokyo’s best cafe’s of a more conventional variety, take a look at our guide

The Owl Cafe Concept 

Animal cafes, in general, pander to everyone’s desire to play with cute animals once in a while, without having to take on any responsibility. Tokyoites lead busy lives, thus many people feel like they simply don’t have the time to look after a pet full time. Add to this the fact that many apartment buildings don’t allow residents with pets, and you’ve got a situation of severe pet deprival. Granted, owls aren’t your typical pet, but a certain Harry Potter goes a long way to explaining their popularity. 

Simply put, an Owl Cafe is a space where you can relax and interact with owls. Handle them, take their picture, but keep in mind that these are sensitive animals that need to be allowed a gentle touch. If the idea appeals, take a look at our list of the 10 best Tokyo Owl Cafes, make your choice, and ideally make a reservation, as most are highly popular. Visits are usually between 30 minutes and an hour long, but each cafe is slightly different. 

The Top 10 Tokyo Owl Cafes 

Without further ado, your definitive guide to Tokyo Owl Cafes: 

1. Fukuro No Mise 

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Down in Tokyo’s bay area, find a little slice of history, Fukurou No Mise, the city’s first owl cafe opened back in 2012. This is mostly a cafe in name only, though a drink is included with the fee. The focus is squarely on the main event, the owls – and they won’t disappoint. The cafe keeps a number of beautiful birds; the larger will happily perch on your shoulders or arms, while the smaller ones will sit like balls of fluff in your hands. At the end of your session there is a final activity (usually rock-paper-scissors) to give out some souvenirs like chopsticks, tissues and cellphone charms (all owl themed, of course).  

­ 14.00 – 18.00 (Weekdays), 12.00 – 21.00 (Weekends) 

­ Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

¥   2,000 drink and pet session                              

­ 1−27−9, Tsukishima,Chuo, Tokyo

­ Official Website

2. Ikefukurou Cafe

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Toshima-ku, Ikebukuro’s district, has an owl as its emblem, making it a very fitting location for another great Tokyo owl cafe. Ikefukuro – its name a pun on Ikebukuro and fukurou, the Japanese word for owl – has more than 20 owls for visitors to interact with, of a range of different breeds and varieties. As of recently, no food is available at the cafe, but there is a decent drinks menu. This is a popular spot so it is strongly recommended that you make a reservation through the official website in advance. 

­ 14.00 – 21.00 (Weekends 12.00 – 19.00)       

­ 03-5904-8344

¥ 1,400 (Weekdays), 1,600 (Weekends)

­ 5F 1-17-1 Minamiikebukuro,Toshima-ku, Tokyo

­ Official Website

3. Tori No Iru Cafe Kiba

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Tori No Iru Cafe, literally ‘the cafe where there are birds’, is a nicely calm cafe which possesses more than 30 differents bird species, mostly owls but also including parrots, parakeets, doves and more. Unlike the previous two, this entry also functions as a real cafe, with a great coffee and food menu. Enjoy an owl-shaped cheesecake, Japanese curry or pizza while you admire your new feathered friends. The cafe is also special as it takes in rescue birds, those rejected by their mothers and birds that would otherwise not survive in the wild. 

­ 13.00 – 20.00 (Weekends: 11.00 – 20.00)      

­ 03-6802-8572

¥ 500 extra to pet the birds

­ 2-6-7 Kiba (Sevenstar Mansion 105), Koto, Tokyo

­ Official Website

4. Akiba Fukurou

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Located in Akihabara, an area perhaps more famous for its Maid Cafes, Akiba Fukurou is nevertheless one of the most popular owl cafes in Tokyo. With 28 different owls of all different kinds, it is owl paradise. During your hour you are permitted to pet and hold two owls of your choice, as long as they’re not resting. The environment inside is extremely tranquil and the birds are clearly very well taken care of, making it a great place to take a rest from the mayhem outside. With only a small amount of customers allowed into the cafe at one time, be sure to make a reservation in advance. 

­ 11.00 – 18.00/20.00                                              

­ Official Website

¥ 1,500

­67 Kanda Neribeicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo        

5. Owl Cafe Mohumohu Shinjuku

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Owl Cafe Mohumohu is Shinjuku’s first owl cafe, and though it is smaller than most, with fewer birds, the intimate environment is perfect for getting up close and personal with the owls. The birds are given the freedom to move around the cafe of their own volition, thus don’t be surprised to see a barn owl take flight and land on someone’s head. With affable, English-speaking staff, it is a great choice. Just 12 customers are given entry at one time, so advanced booking is advised. 

­ 12.00 – 21.00 (Weekends 11.00 – 20.00) 

­ 03-5925-8780

¥ 1,500 for 1 hour (Weekdays), 1,800 (Weekends)

­ 3-35-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

­ Official Website

6. Cafe Baron

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Cafe Baron in cool Koenji is another unique Tokyo owl cafe. Although the birds are given free roam, it is forbidden to touch them. The emphasis in Cafe Baron is just as much on the carefully crafted coffee, tea and food menu as the birds. However, you’re unlikely to forget where you are when you have a giant pair of owl eyes looking over at you. 

­ 11.00 – 18.00                                       

­ 03-5356-6510 

­ Closed on Wednesdays

¥ 500 – 1500

­ 3-10-5 Koenjikita Suginami Tokyo

­ Official Website

7. Owl Village Harajuku

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Owl Village is a cafe and bar in colourful Harajuku. Unlike most, the owls here are housed in several different small rooms that only a handful of people can enter at one time. Generally, customers are given 30 minutes with the owls (though this can be extended), in which they can interact with the owls as they wish, and can even feed them for a small extra fee. Once you’ve had your fun with the owls you can retire to the basement cafe for a good cup of tea or coffee. 

­ 11.00 – 19.00                                            

­ Official Website

¥ 2,000 (For Christmas holidays: 1,500)

­ 1-21-15, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

8. Owl Cafe & Bar – Owl Village

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Owl Cafe & Bar in the western district of Kichijoji is a good opportunity to sip a beer while marvelling at some owls. Find some birds perched in the bar area as you arrive and enjoy a drink. Once you’re done, you’ll be led to the Owl Room, which, unsurprisingly, is where you’ll find the owls. There’s a great array, from the small and cute to the large and ominous, which you’ll have the opportunity to pet and play with. The welcoming staff will explain the rules and everything you’ll need to know about the birds in English. 

­ 12.00 – 18.00 (until 19:00 on Weekends)     

­ Official Website

¥ 2,000 for one hour

­1-126-1, Kichijojihoncho, Musashino City, Tokyo  

9. Owl No Mori 

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Owl No Mori offers great value for money. For just 500 yen, plus one compulsory drink order, you’re free to pet the owls to your heart’s content. The decor and lighting is somewhat surreal here, which given its Akihabara location is understandable. This place gets busy on weekends, so visit during the week or ensure you make a reservation. Best of all, if you simply can’t bring yourself to part with the owls, you can even purchase your very own bird! Better make room in the suitcase. 

­ 14.00 – 23.00                                     

­ Official Website

¥ 500 extra + drink fee

­ 5F, 4-5-8 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 

10. Fukuro Sabo Owl Cafe Kokubunji

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Last but by no means least, Fukurou no Sabou in Kokubunji (a stone’s throw from the Ghibli Museum), is a real gem of an Owl Cafe. A quiet, uncrowded spot, it is an intimate and relaxed owl experience. This is another bargain choice, with prices starting at just 500 yen plus one drink order. The atmosphere is light and breezy, with the chatter and laughter only interrupted by an awed silence when a new bird is brought into the room. There is a great selection of drinks and queues to get in are not common. 

­ 11.00 – 17.00 (Weekends: 11.00 – 19.00)    

­ 042-208-3400

­ Closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays

¥ 500 for a drink+ 300 – 1,000 extra for owl petting

­ 3-15-1 HigashimotomachiKokubunji, Tokyo

­ Official Website

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