In one of our recent trips to Tokyo, we visited a famous Owl Cafe/Bar, Fukuro no Sato, in Harajuku. It’s one of the highlights in our trip and we really love the owls as much as we love Japan beer.
Owls! And you get to hold some of them on your arm if you dare to! Before you are given the time to interact and play with the owls, a guide will explain the house rules and introduce all the owls. Don’t worry about the language because they do explain in English! Furthermore, they stick the profiles near the owl which you can read to understand if they are friendly to humans.
We attempted to hold the biggest owl, Bob, on our arm. Man, he’s huge! But apparently, he’s the most friendly owl in the entire room! Don’t be deceived by his glaring eyes!
If you are interested, you can look at the list of owls here. You can also choose to purchase treats to feed the owls. We didn’t as we are more interested in taking photos, carrying them on our arms and stroking their head.
How to Go?
Fukuro no Sato is located about 5-minutes walk away from Harajuku Station. Regardless of which exit you have taken, you should be able to spot the GAP building opposite of the station.
Cross the traffic light nearer to the central exit over to the GAP building and continue your journey on your left. Then, turn right into an alley upon seeing a grey building like this.
It is located on the 4th floor of the building. It may be a little bit hard to find, but you should be able to see a sign somewhere on the top. Take the lift to 4th floor and you will be greeted with the cafe!
Do you need a reservation?
Personally, we feel that there’s no need for a reservation.The cafe was empty (one group left as we entered the cafe) when we arrived at around 3.30 P.M. Shortly after, two other groups came.
If you reserve online, you are required to pay for 60 minutes entry. If you walk in, you can choose to pay for 30 minutes entry. Unfortunately, we couldn’t remember how long we had stayed in the cafe. But we do remember we paid for the 60 minutes entry because it was on a 40% discount.
If you are an animal lover, we highly recommend you to visit an Owl cafe. We love every single moment with all the owls in the cafe. It’s not like any other time you can actually hold an owl on your arm right?