Cats Gallery: Nagoya, Japan
Phone: +81 52-265-7702
Hours: Daily 12:00 - 19:00
Entrance Fee: Y1000/hour, drink not inc.
Nagoya, A Top Cat Cafe City: Review of Cats Gallery
Nagoya has some of the best cat cafes in Japan.
With all the publicity surrounding Tokyo's famed feline emporiums, it may seem difficult to believe, but since it's an easy day trip by train from Kyoto (35 minutes) or Tokyo (90 minutes), I encourage you to experience it for yourself!
As the city isn't on the heavily trafficked tourist trail, I wasn't expecting anything elaborate, so when I entered Cats Gallery, I was surprised that it was a contemporary, beautifully decorated space set to a soundtrack of soothing music.
Clean and tidy, there are three rooms to satisfy every cafe need- a lively cat play room with lots of toys and climbing equipment, a quiet side room, and a sitting room with a long table and window where you can enjoy a beverage and observe the cats surveying the outdoors.
There are 18 cats in residence and the majority were in the play room, where I spent most of my time. With a playful atmosphere, my visit to Cats Gallery was one of the most pleasurable outings I've had in a cat cafe, mostly due to the variety of adorable kitties that were extremely social and active. The environment is no accident as the owner, a delightful woman, clearly enjoys what she does and despite limited English, engaged with visitors and encouraged interaction with the cats by bringing them over and demonstrating how they liked to dive into paper bags or hop up on backs.
The entrance fee is Y1000 for one hour and does not include drinks which are your typical Japanese cat cafe vending machine variety. One hour goes by very quickly when you are having this much fun!
Cats Gallery, with fantastic felines, an enjoyable space and a customer service oriented staff, is an outstanding cat cafe and while it's worth the trip to Nagoya alone, consider there are three additional high quality cat cafes to make the decision even easier.
Date Visited: 6/12/17