We dedicated a day to visit two animal-themed cafes in Tokyo (the other one is Owl’s Cafe in Harajuku). What’s Japan without visiting these specially themed cafes?
You get to hold a hedgehog on your hands. Each of us is given a hedgehog to hold on our hand. You can also choose to purchase treats to feed the hedgehogs. And… that’s about it. Well, we felt that it’s less interesting as Owl’s cafe because it feels like these hedgehogs are just a tool for their business. In Owl’s Cafe, it feels like they treat the owls as part of their employee team.
There isn’t much information about the hedgehog either. We aren’t even told that we can take the drinks or coffee/tea from the dispenser area. Perhaps not all employees in the cafe are able to speak English.
Most hedgehogs in the cafe are quite inactive in the noon. They might wake up once a while, but they usually fall asleep a few minutes later. But they are really friendly as long as you don’t provoke them. Sometimes, we feel that they are quite hurtful to our hands. We are not sure if we hold it incorrectly. Later on, we realised that we can actually request for gloves to protect our hands. Unfortunately, this was not conveyed to us.
How to Go?
We took a train to Roppongi station and take exit 3. Turn left (you should see a Rolex building) and walk until a small alley:
Continue walking until the first intersection (you should see a post office):
Continue up the hill until you see a grey building named 21 Roponggi Bldg.
Continue to the last building in the alley. Hedgehog Cafe is located on the 2nd floor of the last building.
Do you need a reservation?
We did a reservation because we read online that it will be very crowded. Indeed, there are already queued outside the cafe when we arrived slightly earlier than our booked time slot.
Similar as the Owl’s cafe, you can only choose to book a 60 minutes slot online. If you queue up in line, you can opt for a 30 minutes slot. Even though it’s interesting, it is really pretty dull to hold a hedgehog for 60 minutes. Well, to give the cafe the benefit of doubt, we do believe that they started of as an intention of a cafe rather than a hedgehog holding place.
Hence, if you don’t mind to queue up in line, we would recommend you to go for a 30 minutes slot. Otherwise, if you are the kind that can hold a hamster for 60 minutes, then the 60 minutes slot might be worth for you.
We mutually agreed that we won’t be going back to hedgehog cafe as the experience was dull and uninteresting after a while. In our prior trip to Korea, we went to the dog’s cafe near Gangnam. It was pleasant as we get to play with dogs! Well, dogs were rather playful and responsive. Same as owls where you can actually learn a lot about them from the cafe.
Hedgehog cafe? Well, it’s definitely #instaworthy but perhaps not very #cashworthy or #experienceworthy.