While you’re probably aware of Tokyo’s cat cafes that let visitors cuddle up with a kitty while sipping some coffee, you’re unlikely to have heard of owl cafes, the latest craze to take hold in the Japanese capitol. Known locally as a “fukurou cafe,” some of the establishments offer owl-themed food and drink, and some even let you pet the owls in residence.
Some of the stores that garnered online attention late last year include Fukurou no Mise (“Owl Shop”) and Tori no Iru Cafe (“The Cafe with Birds”). Since then, more of the owl cafes have opened around Tokyo and Osaka including Fukurou Sabou (“Owl Teahouse”), Owl Family, and Crew.
While it’s possible to hold the owls in some stores, there are others that have much stricter policies about how to treat the birds. Either way, drinking a cup of coffee in a cafe filled with wide-eyed spectators is no doubt a unique experience, and one visitors to Tokyo and Osaka would be foolish to turn down.