CAt Cafe CooRikuya: Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3-5927-8588
Hours: M-F 11:00 - 20:00, S-S 10:00 - 20:00
Entrance Fee: Y1200/60 min, Y650/30 (drink inc)
Coo-Coo Kitties: Review of Cat Cafe Coorikuya
I have difficulty with pet stores as I find puppies and kitties with sad little faces in cages completely depressing.
However, I was slightly mollified to discover a cat cafe upstairs in this pet store showroom.
When I stepped outside the west exit of Ikebukuro station on the JR Yamanote line, I was on my way to another outpost of Mocha Cafe. Then, I saw a billboard with cats on it, so I walked towards it and found it was the Coo & RIKU pet store chain. Disappointed, I began to leave when I saw a sign for their cat cafe, Coorikuya. Once I reached the top floor, I was cheered immediately.
Inside, it was playtime at the asylum and these cats were goofy! From a mischievous kitten that antagonized his seven roommates to the strangest looking cat I've ever seen (a long-haired Scottish Fold with a face straight out of a Sci-Fi film) that belly flopped onto the floor in front of me, my 30 minute visit was definitely entertaining.
I was ushered into the cafe by a kind young woman who explained the rules and then left me alone with the inmates while she returned to the pet store. The facility is small, but clean and tidy with nice furniture and a library of books and videos. A vending machine drink is included with your entrance fee making it a decent value.
It made me feel slightly better about Coo & RIKU seeing that they provide a home to those that are not purchased and being alone with eight cats was a real treat. Overall, Cat Cafe Coorikuya is a pleasant place to spend an hour and I'll write off the wacky cat behavior to the fact that they have been imprisoned in small cells and now have their first taste of freedom.
Date Visited: 6/6/17