WithDog is something special for both dogs and their human companions. While the professional and friendly business offers pet hotel and high-quality trimming services, it is the dog café which appeals to most locals and travelers.
Unlike quiet cat cafés or the over-the-top novelty factor of recent rabbit or owl cafes, WithDog has a mixed fun and relaxing atmosphere. It is somewhere to go again and again for almost any reason. Guests may come with or without dogs. The owner's dogs hang out in the café, so there will always be at least a trio to welcome you.
There is no entrance fee and no pay-by-the-hour price system. It is free and you can stay as long as you want. You will just pay for the drinks or food you order—and you will want to order! Drinks, desserts, and food rival any top café. All cuisine is about the same price as other cafés, but here it is prepared fresh on the spot. Menus change daily. You can even order food for your dog if you would like.
An open floor of tables, chairs, and sofas are great for socializing, while the counter top and tucked away table offer a place to study, read a book, or check email on the free Wi-Fi. Dogs must feel they are in paradise with all the attention, toys, and friends. They are often too busy playing, so it is surprisingly peaceful with no barking. A visit takes away all your stress and injects your life with a quick dose of happiness. I am already a repeat customer. Highly recommended.
Official website here.
Access: 12 minute walk from Dainohara or Asahigaoka subway stations
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai. Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.