Updated： November 30, 2017
Hedgehog Cafes In Tokyo Are All The Rage
Only in Japan. Harry Nezaumi Cafe now has two locations in Tokyo (Roppongi and Harajuku) where you can pet cute hedgehogs while you eat and drink in a cafe-style environment.
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Harry Hedgehog Cafe In Roppongi And Harajuku, Tokyo
Cat and owl cafes are ancient news now in Tokyo. What's been grabbing people's attention since 2016 is the hedgehog cafes in Roppongi in Harajuku called Harry Nezumi Cafe. The name is a play on words derived from "harinezumi" which means hedgehog. On a side note, "hari" means needle and "nezumi" means mouse in Japanese, so the name is basically a needled mouse, which seems to make sense but is not very accurate since hedgehogs aren't rodents. They belong to the Erinaceinae subfamily.
Harry Nezumi Roppongi Location
The Roppongi Location is located a 1-minute walk of the Roppongi Station. It's on a 2nd floor.
Harry Nezumi Cafe Harajuku Location
The Harajuku location is located a 1-minute walk from the Harajuku Station. It's on a 4th floor.
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Before getting there, it might be a good idea to make a reservation as the places have become really popular and you may have to wait in line for over an hour if you go without one. The cost of being in the cafe for half an hour is 1,100 yen on weekdays and 1,300 yen on weekends and national holidays. If you make a reservation online, it costs 2,800 yen for one hour.
The hedgehogs are obviously the main point of going there, but you can also have some self-serve tea and coffee during your time spent at Harry's. You can also bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks. As for the hedgehog, for an extra 500 yen, you can buy them food and feed it to them.
The idea of a hedgehog cafe rightfully raises some ethical questions about the treatment of the animals. To address those concerns, Harry requires all visitors to read and respect some rules about how the animals should be treated. All the animals are taken from their tanks by staff members and when they are manipulated, they have to be kept above their tanks. It is also required that visitors disinfect their hands before holding them.
At least they seem not too stressed as often times, they will cuddle up and fall asleep in your hands.
You are free to take as many pictures as you want. The stores also sell hedgehogs for about 30,000 yen but don't buy one on a whim, hedgehogs require special care and owners willing to commit to that care!
This article presented two hedgehog cafes in Tokyo where you can play with the cute needly animals. If those aren't your thing, how about going to a cat cafe?
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