Cat Cafe Nekokaigi: Kyoto, Japan
Phone: +81 75-212-0577
Hours:M-F 11:00 - 17:00, S/S 11:00-18:00 (closed T)
Entrance Fee: Y900/60,Y400 +30 min (drinks extra)
Talk About Warm & Fuzzy: Review of Cafe Nekokaigi
Think a shelter-supported cat cafe can't provide a quality cafe experience? Cat Cafe Nekokaigi is here to prove you wrong.
Oftentimes, such cafes do an superb job on the cat side, but lack high standards in the facility or beverage department. With Nekokaigi there is no compromise-- you get all the warm feels AND an excellent cafe experience.
When cat cafes are stand-alone great AND shelter homeless cats, it makes my job as a reviewer pretty easy.
The space is fantastic- large, clean and fresh with the perfect balance of beds/equipment for the cats and comfortable seating for humans. The atmosphere was relaxing and I was really impressed at how nice it was.
Then, I met the lovely ladies behind the desk. First, they were very kind and made me feel welcome by seating me, taking my drink order (I had an iced tea) and then giving me some information about the cats, including why the cat in the orange tub has a towel on his head? Answer: because Japanese people do the same when going to Onsen, Japanese baths. They went out of their way to cater to their guests, but it was clear they love the cats first and foremost.
I can see why, as these cats truly stole my heart. All of them had been homeless at some point, yet here they were, twelve beautiful felines living happy lives. Most were the picture of health, except for one poor baby with cancer that was in a special bed with a note asking that she be petted very gently.
Located on the second floor of a building on busy Oike Dori street (between Tozai line stops Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae and Karasuma line Karasuma-oike station), the price of admission is a very reasonable Y900 ($8.16 USD) for one hour with drinks extra, but also well-priced at Y200-300 ($1.81-$2.72 USD) each.
Cat Cafe Nekokaigi is an incredible value for all the warm and fuzzy that awaits you.
Date Visited: 6/9/17