I spent some time in Tokyo in April of 2016 and during my time there, I had the opportunity to visit Owl Café or Fukuro no Mise. This unique café is located on a side street across from Tsukishima Station and it opened back in October 2012.
Prior to visiting the Owl Café, I did some research, which was a good thing, because I learned that it can be difficult to gain entry to this amazing spot. Each day is separated into one-hour time slots and only a certain number of people are allowed to enter the café during each one-hour slot. No one can ever make a reservation and people are basically considered lucky when they get the chance to go inside. I am more than thankful that I was able to be one of those lucky people!
As soon as I walked into Owl Café, I found myself surrounded by multiple owls, both real and fake. I sat down at a table and ordered a drink. Everyone must purchase at least one drink when they are in the Owl Café and while the drinks are pricey, it is worth the cost to see these beautiful creatures.
Even though this is a café, it is not one in the true sense, because there is no food that can be ordered. It is only a place to view owls and drink a beverage while enjoying the owls and the ambiance.
I listened to the rules of the Owl Café and while they are fairly common rules, it is imperative that you listen closely, so that you do not have any problems. I learned that I could take pictures, but I could not use my flash. I also learned that as cute as those baby owls are, I was not allowed to pick them up under any circumstances and the only way that I could take any of the owls home was if I would buy one.
After listening to the rules, I knew that I was then allowed to get up and mingle with the owls inside the café. I loved it when the adult owls sat on my shoulder and my arm, and while it was tough not to pick up any of the babies, I did manage to pat many of the babies on their head. Thankfully, all of us guests could touch the babies in this small way.
There are a few owls that we were not allowed to touch and I am assuming that was because those owls do not interact well with people.
I was so happy with the time that I spent inside Fukuro no Mise and I recommend this Owl Café to anyone who happens to be in Tokyo, whether for business or pleasure. There are not too many places where you will be able to get up close and personal with this many owls and trust me when I say that this will be an experience that will last you a lifetime. I know that it is something that I will never forget.