Neko Cafe Hitoyasumi: Nagoya, Japan
Phone: +81 52-951-1843
Hours: Daily 11:00 - 22:00
Entrance Fee: Y700/30 minutes, drinks included
Nagoya, A Top Cat Cafe City: Review of Neko Cafe Hitoyasumi
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!
Of the four we visited, Neko Cafe Hitoyasumi was probably the most standard. It sits on the second floor of a nondescript office building on busy Sakura Dori street about a 25 minute walk from Nagoya rail station.
When I entered the cafe however, I was warmly welcomed by the friendly host which set the tone for a lovely visit. After I changed into slippers and washed my hands, I stepped inside the cat area and was immediately charmed by the bright and cheerful surroundings and calming lullaby music. The set up is geared towards the cats with plenty of beds, toys and climbing equipment, but still enough tables and chairs for humans to be comfortable too.
There were 17 cats in residence the day I visited, a variety of short and long-haired cuties with friendly personalities. I was able to interact with many of the kitties, but a few were definitely not keen on being petted! There was also a mama cat and five tiny kittens in a cage, which was spacious and comfy, but still a bit distressing considering the cries and meows coming from inside it. Due to the language barrier, I wasn't able to determine why they were there, but suspect they are in the cage to protect from the other cats.
For Y700, you get 30 minutes entrance into the cafe which includes free hot/cold drinks and biscuits. I liked how the the drink station is in a separate room from the cats, although it is quite small and does not have seating. You can make your beverage in the mini-kitchen, but need to drink it in the main room.
Overall, I had a nice time visiting Neko Cafe Hitoyasumi. The fresh, clean environment, friendly staff and abundance of cats provides a nice break from touring the city, although I do feel the other three Nagoya cat cafes offer a slight edge in terms of space, atmosphere and the 'fun' factor.
Date Visited: 6/12/17