Updated: February 15, 2019
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5 Dog Cafes In Tokyo To Play With Some Cuddly Fur Balls!

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You've probably heard of cat cafes if you live in Tokyo but have you heard of dog cafes? They do exist although there are not as common. Here are a few places you might want to check out if you're a dog lover!

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DOG HEART from Aquamarine (Shibuya)

DOG HEART is one of the most well-known places for interacting with dogs in the heart of downtown Tokyo, in the Shibuya area. At DOG HEART you'll find many poodles and one big golden retriever. You can play with them in-store or rent them for a walk. The cafe's mission is to give the people the opportunity to interact with dogs. Many people in Tokyo would like to have a canine companion but can't because their apartments are too small or they are too busy. For a walk of 1 hour, it costs 3,600 yen. For Playing with dogs inside, it's 1,550 yen per hour. There is a place for visitors to have 100 yen drinks such as soda and tea.

Mameshiba Cafe (Harajuku)

This place in Harajuku is all the rage right now. You can play with furoshiki scarves-wearing Mameshiba Inu there, which are the small versions of Japan's iconic dog, the Shiba Inu. "Mame" here actually means bean, so for a Japanese person, these are the bean-sized versions of the Shiba, which is an explanation that is just as endearing as the dogs themselves. They can be a bit mischievous but they won't hurt. Even small children can play with them.

The admission for adults is ¥780, for elementary school children is ¥580, and it is free for children younger than that. These prices include one drink and are for 30 minutes with the dogs.

Inu no Jikan (Ikebukuro)

Inu no Jikan ("dog time") is a different kind of dog cafe. It actually feels much more like you enter someone's house to play with their dogs. You'll be surrounded by gentle small dog breeds. 1,500 yen per hour. Includes a soft drink. You must make a reservation before going. 10-minute walk from the Otsuka Station.

Cafe Bar A+ (Asakusa)

Cafe Bar A+ is located in Asakusa, the traditional part of Tokyo, but the interior is decorated like a retro American diner. This is essentially a dog-friendly cafe, so you'll see many people with their own dogs enjoying a meal or some drinks while they are interacting with their pets. The shop owner also has two dogs of his own, so you're sure to at least see those two. Alcoholic drinks are from 500 yen and there are some meals such as curry and a shrimp soup for about 1,000 yen. There are also homemade dog snacks for 150 yen.

Wannyan Cafe & Pet Hotel NeoNeo (Itabashi)

This is both a dog and a cat cafe. The dog cafe is on the first floor, where you will be greeted by the two Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog staff. People are welcome to bring their own dogs so there is usually more than these two in the place. On the second floor is a cat cafe.

This place actually has a really good drink and cake menu. They have several types of warm and cold coffee drinks that are between ¥300 and ¥380 and they have some excellent chiffon cakes to go with that, that are ¥400 for the plain one and ¥500 and over for the day's special.

INDY HOUSE (Fuchu-shi)

This dog-friendly cafe-restaurant is located in Fuchu City, in the western part of Tokyo. The nearest station is Fuchu (about a 10-minute walk). It is a charming restaurant where you'll be greeted by a big Bearded Colley named Jam. They have menus for dogs and for human menus as well. You can have curry, pasta or taco rice (tacos toppings on rice) dishes.

Hogoken Cafe NPO (for adopting pet dogs)

In Nishi Hachioji, in western Tokyo, there is a cafe-style dog refuge where you can play with dogs (and some cats) while you have a drink. All they ask is that you order one drink, there is no extra cost for entering. Drinks start at about 500 yen. If you really fall in love with one of the pets you can ask to adopt it. Located a 5-minute walk from the Nishi Hachioji Station.

Lastly...

This article presented some nice places where you can interact with dogs in Tokyo. If you're an animal lover, make sure to check out some of our other guides to animal cafes in Tokyo.

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