A Visit to Tokyo’s Cat Cafe Temari no Ouchi in Kichijoji

A lot of viewers have been asking me to do an episode on a “cat cafe”.
I finally started doing some research on it and found that Tokyo has more than 30 cat cafes! I knew they were popular, but I didn’t know just how popular until last week.

The best spot at Cat Cafe temarinoouchi might be on the roof!
The best spot at Cat Cafe temarinoouchi might be on the roof!

Well, after finished up my lastest episode on the Oiran of Yoshiwara (Asakusa) I decided to quickly put together a show on Cat Cafes.

She looked straight into my soul.
She looked straight into my soul.
The cat cafe put on a little show for the guests
The cat cafe put on a little show for the guests

The one that seemed the most interesting to me is located in Kichijoji.
It’s about a 10 min ride on the JR CHuo Line from Shinjuku. It’s an area famous for college students, Inokashira Park and … I guess now we can also include Cat Cafes.

Cat perch on the light! The queen of the world!
Cat perch on the light! The queen of the world!

(てまりのおうち Cat Cafe)
It’s about a 5-10 min walk from the station.
I got there at 10am on a Sunday and there was already a line for people to get in.
Most people call ahead and make a reservation, especially on the weekends — or go early and wait for a table.

I want to sit INSIDE THE TREE!
I want to sit INSIDE THE TREE!

Temari no Ouchi has about 15 small tables on the floor a few booth like tables and one nice one inside a tree which reminded me of a scene that could be from a Ghibli movie!
For scouting, I sat at a small table int he corner and talked with one of the store’s managers about the shoot.

The shop has several RULES:

1) No flash photography. Cat’s hate it. So do Gremlins.

2) Kids under 10 years old aren’t really allowed.
You’d think a cat cafe would be perfect for young kids, but it’s the opposite. Adults want to relax here and kids often chase the cats. Cats don’t usually like that.

3) You must wash your hands with alcohol when entering.

4) No outside food or drink.

5) Don’t feed the cats who have neck bands.
(We probably shouldn’t feed them after midnight either. It’s not worth the risk!)

The price is a little high.
It’s 1600 yen for entrance during the weekends and 1200 yen on weekdays.
A coffee is around 480 yen. It comes in a paper cup with a lid so the cats can’t drink it.
Usually a scouting trip is free, but this one cost me about 3600 yen! Anyway, I left having had a good time and enjoyed meeting the cats.

The seating charge is a little expensive, esp on the weekends, but if you go after 19:00, there's a nice discount!
The seating charge is a little expensive, esp on the weekends, but if you go after 19:00, there’s a nice discount!
Cat Cafe Coffee
Paw print!

Which is what I want to end on.
These cats! They are basically celebrities here. There’s a book on the table with their profile photos, names and some history.
In total, there are about 20 cats. You have to just go and see to really get a feel for this because yes, it really is a THING in Tokyo … and spreading fast!

“KAEDE” is an American Short Haired Cat, female
Kinoko Cate Cafe
“KINOKO” is an EXOTIC SHORT HAIRED with an unusual face. Female.

Why do these cafes even exist?

I’ll lay it all out in the video.

URL: temarinoouchi.com
Google Map: http://www.temarinoouchi.com/googlemap.html

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