Updated： November 30, 2017
Dog Cafes In Tokyo: 5 Places To Feel The Canine Love
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.
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.
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.
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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