Cat's Eye: Kyoto, Japan
Phone: +81 75-708-8586
Hours: Fri-Wed 12:00-19:00, Sun 12:00-18:00, closed Thu
Entrance Fee: Y1000/hour inc. drink
Japanese Hospitality: Review of Cat's Eye
It's the unexpected that makes life exciting. Like coming across a cat cafe that wasn't on your list.
It happened while I was on my way to another Kyoto cat cafe. About a five minute walk from Keihan Jingu-Marutamachi station on Marutamachi street (across from Imperial Palace Park), I saw the sandwich board on the sidewalk that said 'Cat's Eye Kyoto'. When such an opportunity presents itself, one should always say 'yes', so I abandoned my current plan and walked in.
One of the kindest people I met during my visit to Japan (which is something considering how nice everyone is here) greeted me at the door in English (arigato!) and after taking my Y1000 fee and ordering a coffee (included in the price), showed me to the cat room.
I found the space to be very clean and pleasantly comfortable albeit simple and no-frills, however I didn't have much time to contemplate the cafe's interior as the cats came out to play almost immediately.
Cat's Eye resident felines are rescues and the focus of the cafe is adoption. There were eight sweet fluff balls the day I visited including two adorable kittens that were particularly playful, but all of the cats were well-socialized and friendly.
The cat-loving owner served my coffee (in a real mug with a biscuit, a step above what you normally find in Japan) and spoke at length about the cats, encouraging me to interact with them. It was just the two of us during my visit and it was lovely. We talked about cats, travel and more- the hour went by very quickly.
Cat's Eye is not your typical over-the-top Japanese cat cafe experience, but you are seeking a quieter place with plenty of kitty snuggles on offer I encourage you to visit Cat's Eye and support the good work they are doing.
Date Visited: 6/13/17