Neko no Iru Kyuukeijo 299 Cat Cafe

A cat haven in Ikebukuro

By Emily Faulder    - 2 min read

In London, we have only one cat cafe, and it's always booked up weeks in advance, due to the fact it's such a novelty experience for us British. During my time in Tokyo in 2014 I was determined to visit a cat cafe, so did some research online, and decided to head over to Ikebukuro to a cafe called Neko no Iru Kyuukeijo 299, which is the second branch of Neko no Mise. It's close to the station, but a little hard to find as it's located on the 5th floor of an unnamed building, but if I can find it, then I'm sure you'll be able to.

You start by reading a few simple rules, the main one being, don't pick the cats up. You change into slippers, leave your shoes in a cubbyhole, and head into the cafe to relax with lots of extremely friendly cats. Food for the cats was available for purchase on top of the entrance fee (about ¥600 for half an hour) and you only pay for the time you spend with the cats.

The atmosphere in the cafe was lovely, there were lots of comfy sofas, places to charge your phone, wi-fi (although not accessible on my British phone), books and manga to read, scrapbooks telling you a bit about each cat, and drinks (but no food) to buy. It was a great experience which I can highly recommend. Everyone was snapping the cats with their cameras, especially when someone started a feeding frenzy by spoon feeding some of them.

People sometimes ask me whether I think it's cruel to keep cats in a cafe environment, but I can say without doubt, that no, it's not cruel. The cats are happy, pampered and well cared for, with an ever rotating supply of human friends to play with. If you're a cat lover like me, then you're guaranteed to enjoy the experience.

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Emily Faulder

Emily Faulder @emily.faulder

Hi!  I'm Emily.  I've loved Japan ever since I was little; my aunt and uncle used to live in Yokohama and often sent me Japanese gifts, and I think this is how my love for Japan started.   I'm currently studying for a degree in Photography in London, and my dream is to be able to live and travel around Japan documenting my adventures photographically.  In 2013 I was given the amazing opportunity to travel around Southern Japan from Tokyo to Kagoshima (and many other cities in between) with a tea company, documenting their tea research tour photographically.  I've been writing a blog about Japan called 'Emily Loves Japan' for several years, and and also edit a new online magazine called 'Love Japan' I've been to a few places off the beaten tourist track, so my plan is to share these with you on Japan Travel, as well as some of the more popular areas such as Tokyo and Kyoto which I have visited several times.

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JapanTravel Guest 5 years ago
Such cat and dog cafes can have therapeutic effects :) Hope to visit one soon!
Wouter Thielen 5 years ago
Adding it to my list of cat cafe's to visit! The tabby cats look great!
Emily Faulder Author 5 years ago
Such a lovely place! Can definitely recommend it. All the cats were really placid :)