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Tokyo’s Best Cat Cafe

February 26, 2016

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Hi everyone,

Say hello to the new me. This is Simon, the newest member of the Spanish Inquisition. You ever see any Vampire shows where there’s a power struggle between the alpha werewolves and they fight to control the pack? I look like the guy that gets beat up. I look like the sad chef of a biker gang. Please, remember me as I was, not as I am now.

In an attempt to get over my sadness, we tried going to this cat cafe in Kichijoji. Supposedly it’s really well rated, and after spending two hours in it, I can totally understand why. The cats look really happy here. The staff is super attentive not just to the customers, but also the talent – the cats. It’s very spacious as well, and rather than just being a cafe full of cats, this looks like a cat’s dream house, and we as customers are granted the right to come in. All of the ledges for the cats to climb on, the window views, the secret holes for them to hide in when they want to be left alone: this place was built with the cats’ best intentions first. And it makes for a great experience.

If you want to go, do make a reservation. We couldn’t get in on the first day because it was fully booked. We didn’t know, though, that it was National Cat Day at the time, February 22nd, or 2/22, which supposedly sounds like “nya nya nya” in Japanese, from what we’ve been told, which is why it’s cat day. I thought it was some ancient day of reverence for the benevolent but fickle spirit of cats, but no, it’s just cute wordplay :D

Even when we went today, though, they told us it was full when we first walked in, but we made the reservation for it on Monday, so a few days in advance is when you should check in if you want to come.

If you want to get here, it’s called:

Temari No Ouchi
〒180-0004 Tokyo, Musashino, 吉祥寺本町2-13-14 in Japanese
2-13-14 Kichijōji Honchō, Musashino-shi in English

OH SWEET JESUS I JUST FOUND THEIR WEBSITE IT’S SO CUTE!

They’re open from 10am – 9:00pm. The entrance fee is 1,200 yen per person during the weekdays, and 1,600 on the weekends. If you’re feeling thrifty, after 7:00PM it is only 700 yen to get in. Anytime is worth it. Better than any rollercoaster you’ve been on. This here is a rollercoaster of love!

If you’d like to see some more fun stuff, we have some extra scenes here as well. Yay!

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  1. Gah can’t wait to consume all of your Japanese videos I have not yet seen. Nom nom nom. I taught Eng in South Korea and generally in love with Japan. You guys are my favorite travel bloggers! And I don’t even stay up to date with these kinds of things… Hehehe. But seriously. You guys are way better than the TV…

    2 years ago
  2. Nice Video

    2 years ago
  3. Hi guys! ^^ My best friend and I planned to go to Japan in May and we would love to go to this amazing cat cafe !! :D
    But is there a way to make a reservation by mail (and if possible in english) ? Because we will only stay 3 days in Tokyo and we would be as disapointed as Simon was if we can’t enter this wonderful café ;o;

    2 years ago
  4. You are right near the Ghibli Museum!!

    I would buy a membership or something and go as often as I could to the Museum if I lived near there haha. This cafe is awesome. Might make the trip all the way from Tokyo on our next trip to Japan.

    2 years ago
  5. Yes, I feel your pain. I don’t mean the loss of hair (though the human can get a bit “enthusiastic” with my brushing sometimes – anyone who would like a Blue British Shorthair-stuffed cushion infill is welcome to my weekly shedding), but I certainly feel the loss of Meemers Oppa. Oh, wherefore art thou, my gorgeously fluffy one?

    But I was joyously uplifted to see this pawsome audition of second male lead suitors – thank mew for heading off to find me some easy on the eye man cat to fill the void. Much like the the heroines of the human’s television dramas, I too can merely string (ooh, string!) along some unsuspecting well-meaning but ultimately slightly naive cutie here to entertain me whilst my Meemers Oppa remains aloof and untouchable. Until the end, that is, when our eyes meet over a shared blade of cat grass…

    But I really don’t like the look of that black grumpy cat… a scheming mother-in-paw, if ever I’ve seen one.

    P.S. the human is away too and I miss her – don’t tell her though! Must remain my stiff upper whisker. Oh, sorry Simon.

    2 years ago
  6. LOL, I had a dream the other night that I was spraying cats out of a fire hose.

    2 years ago
  7. Oh Simon!!! We feel your pain! My partner is a big bearded Scotsman and we both had a panic when we saw your beard accident! Ben says he has nightmares about shaving off his beard :C we both hope your beard will grow in thick and lusterless again with haste! or you could spend your days at the cat cafe and make a cat hair beard toupee!? Pleasure and functionality.

    We hope your having fun making your new house a home, its your first japan nest! and hopefully Spudgy and Meemers will join you guys soon and your family will be whole again ^_^ every time you film at home and there’s no Spudgy or Meemers intermissions we can hear the ‘Come back home’ song in our hearts D:

    2 years ago
  8. So sorry for your beard :/ Maybe something like this will help? http://www.fidentia-lifestyle.de/haar/haarverdichtung/haarverdichtungsfasern/366/fidentia-premium-schuetthaar
    This is a kind of fiber that sticks to the hair and covers bald patches.

    2 years ago
  9. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Dun, dun, duuunnnn!!!

    2 years ago
  10. I can’t decide whether this video makes me happy or sad. Like you I also live in Japan but unfortunately I am not allowed to have large pets (cat/dog) in my home. It makes me extremely angry since the foreigner that lived in the house before to me had 2 cats because she bought them without telling the owner and they let it slide. I’m pretty bitter, but it probably also has to do with the fact that I found out a few days ago that my childhood cat back in America has to be put to sleep next week, so I’m just a puddle of depression at this point. It was a cute video though. Cat cafes are awesome. You should check out the weirder animal cafes like the フクロ (Owl) cafe. There is one in Tokyo and another in Kobe.

    2 years ago
    • I’m so sorry to hear that :'( I know what it is like to lose childhood cats. It’s awefull.

      2 years ago
  11. I had to laugh at this. My husband has done this a few times but he will play around with his facial hair. Mutton chops? Just goatee? Or the Amish chin beard with no mustache ( that was real short lived because I couldn’t look at him, seriously don’t ever do this). Now he keeps it in a glorious full floof and I am happy.
    I wish I could go to a cat cafe, but asthma would have me gasping in no time. Though I would be that person smushed up against the glass trying to watch the animals. Hell I would do that to a good dessert display also!! All in good fun, but don’t tap on the glass, it startles the cupcakes. (Ps.. Seriously don’t go full Amish)

    2 years ago
  12. You may hear many people say そうですか or そうですね or possibly そうですよ which are very common replies that mean” is that right?” or “I agree with you” or can also be translated in Korean as 응. I wasn’t sure if you guys had picked up on this yet. Hope that is helpful! I am currently in a Japanese class right now and teaching myself Korean. I would love to hear more about your experiences with learning Japanese. How are you doing it? Do you have textbooks? Are you picking up a lot from talking to people? Also are you learning 感じ?-Kanji, the Japanese meaning behind Chinese characters.

    2 years ago
    • The word Kanji is written like this:漢字. 感じ, the one you wrote, means “feeling;sense;impression”.

      2 years ago
  13. I agree, it was the force’s way of saying it was time for a change. And facial hair grows back fast anyway.

    2 years ago
  14. Simon, your “mistake” worked out for the best. You look good!

    2 years ago
    • You’re right. He actually looks more edgy and original now. His old look has jumped the shark. Next he’ll be “hopin’ for some cake by the ocean” ;).

      2 years ago
  15. The beginning of this post made me laugh out loud!
    But I am in the school library.
    Also, stubby little munchkin cat is the cutest thing I have ever seen I will take one in every color.

    2 years ago
  16. Simon, you should do designs with your beard like Martina does with the shaved part of her head. This video brightened my day :)

    2 years ago
  17. Awww that’s such a cute cafe! The first cat cafe I went to sucked so much, I never felt the urge to visit one again, but now I kinda do

    2 years ago
    • The one in San Francisco has treated me ROTTEN despite being one of their earliest contributors. The people at the Oakland one — Cat Town — were cooler.

      2 years ago
  18. I would go to a cat cafe but 1. I’d try to steal all the cats and 2. my cat would hate me because I SMELL OF OTHER CATS AND I AM NOW A TRAITOR.

    2 years ago
  19. The fist bump is from BIG HERO 6!!!! BAYMAX!!!!! Com’mon!!! YOu HAVE to have seen it! Right? … guise?? guise???

    2 years ago
    • Sorry I went to Eat your sushi Epi 1…but forgot that I was still on the cat page!

      2 years ago
  20. You guys mention that making a reservation is a must. Do they take reservations in English? I am going to Tokyo this summer and, while this seems like it would be tons of fun, I feel like language might be a barrier.

    2 years ago
    • Don’t worry! Our Japanese is very limited right now (as is their English) but they totally communicated to us that they were full, and we were able to communicate a time and date to make a reservation. However, you don’t always need a reservation, they only let a limited amount of people in at at time so the cats aren’t overwhelmed. If it is an especially busy day, the whole schedule is “booked” but you can also drop in just to see if there is space. Hope this helps and let us know if you end up going! We’ve been to a lot of cat cafes in our time but this one was just something special.

      2 years ago
  21. Aww, don’t worry Simon, you still look amazing! But I know the feeling, I have cut my fringe way too short by mistake way too many times =D Good thing hair grows :)
    The cat cafe looks magical, I wish I could be there. Luckily there’s a new adoption cat cafe opening in my home town soon, I can’t wait to go there! Have you guys thought about maybe opening a cat/other animal cafe sometime in the future? I think yours would be the best! :)
    Oh and btw, what is the song playing from 3:00? It feel so familiar, but I can’t place it…

    2 years ago
  22. First: I didn’t even notice your “mistake” Simon until you specifically pointed it out. The Spanish Inquisition style suits you tho IMO. I feel your pain tho, I tend to be environmentally clums with my hair trimmer which resulted me in doing the exact same thing you did and acidentally shaving off a good chunk of my hair right at the hairline. (I’m still recovering from the latter even though it was more than one year ago oh god)

    Second: I love your hair Martina, it reminded me a lot of Grimes actually!

    Third: Oh how, I wish there were more Cat Cafes in Germany. I’m surprised that there are actually any (5!) due to the hyper strict sanitization laws for restaurants and cafes here anyway. I’m unsure if a cat café is actually worth a three hour road trip :(

    2 years ago
  23. Simon, as the wife of a bearded man, I extend my condolences. Thank goodness for the cat cafe and hair’s regenerative qualities. In the meantime, borrow a brow pencil!

    2 years ago
  24. Kitty cafe!! Kitty cafe!!! I want to visit the real kitty cafe!!!

    There’s a cat cafe in Vancouver now, but… it’s not one I want to go to because it isn’t a cat cafe like in Asia.

    Here, it’s the city screaming “Separate cats and humans in 2 different rooms for sanitation!” So… we can’t eat or drink with the kitties running around. Then, you’re expected to make a reservation just to see the kitties, and it’s booked for months. You still have to pay to see the kitties on top of a drink (or don’t and pay), and you’re only allowed in there for an hour. Also, if you’re late to your reservation by more than 10 min, they give away your reservation to a walk-in customer.

    The cafe runs with the SPCA. So, if you want to adopt one of the kitties, go ahead.

    2 years ago
  25. >>pictures Simon with a tall white chef’s hat serving mochi mochi cat dogs and chocolates to a kpop biker gang……Chyeah! That’s actually super funny! LOL! Wish I could attach a drawing! damnyouautocorrect.

    Great video, that monorail kitty was super cute and the tawny calico with the grey forehead is such a little missy. It’s too bad about the beard, just as I was beginning to tolerate seeing you eat with it too ;). It looks okay, symmetry is your friend.

    Cyber_3 – pets kitties without leaving the house, soon you will too, just a couple more weeks, you can make it! Gambatte yo!

    2 years ago
  26. Are those Lindt balls I see??? Perfect to cure sadness or celebrate happiness or just make everything better. Keep them in the fridge all the time!!!

    2 years ago
    • Yeah! There’s a Lindt cafe right below the cat cafe, and they sell lots of chocolates as well as different drinks and desserts :D

      2 years ago
  27. Really really enjoyed this video!!! :’D All the cats are so super adorable and they look so happy! (Just went to their website HOW ADORABLE THAT GRUMPLESTILTSKIN’S NAME IS SHIMEJI WHICH IS A TYPE OF MUSHROOM OMG I’M GONNA DIE!! XD)

    Anyway, totally love the new look Simon!! Seriously, you look good! ;)

    2 years ago
  28. That is AMAZING! I don’t think that kind of establishment would actually bode over well in America, because there would be so many people screaming “Abuse!” Plus, I don’t think people would actually take care of the cats. (Who knows, maybe I’ll be the first to make one in America! Wait, nevermind, I just did some reasearch, there are some successful cat cafés in America, whoo! Now to go find one near me…xD) Your beard looks fine, Simon, don’t fret! I’m glad you feel better now! Babies and small animals are cure-alls!

    2 years ago
    • You know, I was wondering what it would be like to own a cat cafe. I just want a reason to play with kitties all day :)

      2 years ago
  29. Okay I have to admit I love “Grumplestilskin’s” real name of Mushrooms XD Martina & Simon you guys HAVE to snuggle hug him/her for me real tight.lol

    2 years ago
  30. Simon is still super dapper! i feel like he is going to pull out a cutlass and fight the closest bad guy!

    2 years ago
  31. That place is so amazing! I have been to 3 cat cafe’s in korea, but those were just like “meh” not to mention that the health of the cats in two of the places was very poor too :(
    Yet here they have people who are actively taking care of the kitties. Just saying, if I could get that job, I’d never leave. EVER.

    Sorry about your beard Simon. Time will tell if those facial hairs will ever be fully restored to their former glory.

    Cheers

    2 years ago