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I went to the Tokyo owl cafe! Fukuro no Mise address, opening hours, directions, entry fee.

tokyo japan owl cafe

Yes, that’s an owl sitting in my blue hair! This summer, I visited Tokyo owl cafe Fukuro no Mise. This newest Japanese trend lets you drink coffee while petting over a dozen live owls.

Keep reading for the shop address, cover charge, hours of operation… and tons of fluffy owl photos!

owl petting theme cafe, japan

In Japan, cat cafes (where you can play with dozens of kitties) are old news. To keep the novelty fresh, people opened up petting spaces for dogs and bunnies, and penguin bars.

Now, owls are the stars of the show. Fukuro no Mise launched in 2012, and its bizarre concept became so popular that more have opened up. Today, there are two owl cafes in Tokyo (Tori no Iru and Fukurou Sabou), and two in Osaka (Owl Family and Crew), all run by different owners.

fukuro no mise, tsukishima japan

Let me take you inside! But first, the pertinent travel info…

Owl cafe address: Seven Star Mansion 1F, 2-6-7 Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo.
How to get here: Ride the subway to Tsukishima station (it takes about 40 minutes from Shinjuku, via Oedo or Yurakucho line). Walk out of Gate 10, and the café is a few blocks ahead.
Opening hours: Sun 12-6pm, Weds and Thurs 2-6pm, Fri 2-9pm, Sat 12-9pm. Closed Mon and Tues. English speaking staff every Friday.
Entrance fee: 2000 yen ($19.50), which includes a drink and gift book. Check their website for any changes.

フクロウのみせ

I recommend arriving at least an hour before doors open to make a reservation, since the spaces fill up quickly and can’t be booked in advance. (I arrived at the exact opening time, which varies depending on the date, and the earliest availability was three hours later.)

owl plush toys, stuffed owls

At the designated time, the staff let me in along with ten other customers. I saw real-life owls staring at me from every corner — some were smaller than my hand, others were larger than my head. There were even adorable stuffed toy owls everywhere.

tokyo owl themed cafe

All the birds are tame, and have a leg attached to the perch by string. I had an hour to enjoy their company and sip a drink that is included with the cover charge. The café doesn’t serve food, so I didn’t have to worry about beaks pecking at my plate.

owl print dress

I wore a mint-colored dress with a royal owl print, to match the theme cafe. It’s from the Algonquins store in Shinjuku.

cute sleeping owl

The staff gave a short introduction in Japanese (if you don’t know the language, there’s an English speaker on Fridays). Then, it was owl-cuddling time. I pointed at a horned one, and the staff helped me put her on my shoulder, hand or head. The birds are calm and I felt comfortable holding them. Up close, I could sense the power of their talons and bright eyes — such majestic creatures.

pet owls japan cafe

So far, these cafes are unique to Japan. Customers get to see these intelligent creatures up close, and interact with them for an hour. (All photos by Said Karlsson, Tokyo-based photographer.)

barn owl, japanese owls

Fukuro no Mise houses a variety of different species, including barn owls. I was amazed at how tame they were, sitting quietly together.

japan owl cafe interior

The staff gave commonsense instructions, such as “Don’t make sudden movements. Only touch the birds gently on the head or upper back.”

fukuro no mise owl cafe

With a cute cartoon, this sign reminds me not to take videos or flash photos.

japanese girls petting owls

A lot of customers took selfies with an owl on the wrist. The girls made cute poses with their hands, next to the owls.

white baby owl

These two are babies, so I was only allowed to touch them twice on the head. So soft and cute!

owl souvenirs, jewelry

Before the hour is up, don’t forget to browse the owl-themed memorabilia for sale.

owl iphone case

Fukuro no Mise sells owl-decorated goods like a jeweled iPhone case, statuette, and stationery.

cute small owls

However, the pet owls are not for sale — although you may be tempted to take one home!

tokyo owl cafe entry fee, opening hours

Here’s a snap of the owl-petting cafe rules and cover charges.

owl cafe menu

As you can see, the menu includes a variety of soft drinks and coffees. One drink is included with every entrance. Alcoholic beverages cost slightly more.

scottish fold cat big eyes

My Scottish Fold cat, Basil Farrow, felt left out… so here’s a photo of him. With their giant round eyes and heads, this breed is often compared to owls.

cat breed never scratch

Scottish Folds are so gentle — they never scratch or bite, and love to get tummy rubs!

robot mechanical toy cat

You can watch videos of my Scottish Fold cat with his robot-kitty clone (a moving toy from Japan!) on his kawaii blog.

stuffed scottish fold kitten

For more animal-theme cafe coverage in Japan, check out my posts about Calico cat cafe, Harajuku bunny cafe, and Deco dog cafe.

Would you visit an owl cafe? What do you think the next Jpop cafe trend will be?

78 Comments

  1. Posted August 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    the Owl is cute too lol

  2. Posted August 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Wanna get there too!!! Must be awsome, I love owls ^-^

  3. Posted August 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to going!

  4. Posted August 26, 2014 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I love this idea!

    • Posted August 28, 2014 at 4:44 am | Permalink

      It’s so unique.

  5. Posted August 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    That’s so cute!

  6. Posted August 26, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Lovely !

  7. Posted August 26, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    rigolo!

  8. Posted August 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I want to pat owls!

  9. Posted August 26, 2014 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    I
    am healous! We have owls in our yard, lately a barred owl. One year a
    giant great horned owl made a nest in our tree and had 2 very loud
    babies! I love them!

  10. Posted August 27, 2014 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    That’s amazing!

  11. Posted August 27, 2014 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    I want to pet that Basil Farrow tummy!

    • Posted August 28, 2014 at 4:44 am | Permalink

      Basil loves tummy rubs.

  12. Posted August 27, 2014 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    Oh man….can’t handle the cute……..

  13. Posted August 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    We love the idea of having a cafe latte while an owl sits on our shoulder.

  14. Posted August 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    SO Want TO pet those sweet owls!! Thanks for the scoop Lady.. ps. That white Owl with the black eye mask, like a little robber!!

    • Posted August 28, 2014 at 4:43 am | Permalink

      he was my favorite

  15. Posted August 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Awww Tokyo seems to have some awesome stuff!

  16. Posted August 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Wow! England needs one of these!

  17. Posted August 27, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    cat has no ears!

  18. Posted August 27, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if these owls are wounded ones coming from rescues and they couldn’t be returned to their natural habitat… Any story?

  19. Posted August 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    I love their eyes! So big and beautiful! Love the owl shirt too!

    • Posted August 28, 2014 at 4:43 am | Permalink

      Owls are magnificent creatures!

  20. Posted August 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Mi ci porti ? **

  21. Posted August 27, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    CUTEST !

  22. Posted August 28, 2014 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    Cats And owls all in one post !!

  23. Posted August 28, 2014 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Japan is the best.
    Sam

  24. Posted August 28, 2014 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Agggh I need to go here now!

  25. Posted August 28, 2014 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    I love owls! I wanna go… XpX

  26. Posted August 28, 2014 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    Amazing!!!

  27. Posted August 28, 2014 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    love your stuff…. wow x

  28. Posted August 28, 2014 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    I really want to add owl plushies to outfits now :3

  29. Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Very majestic indeed!

  30. Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    I am screaming on the inside because of how bad I want to go here. I think of I lived in Japan I’d be here all the time! I love owls so much OvO

  31. Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    i tried looking for that cafe when i was there..didnt have time and couldnt find it. next time i go to japan i shall go to the owl cafe, they are so cute <3

  32. Posted August 28, 2014 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    awesome

  33. Posted August 29, 2014 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    Oh my gosh, I died of cuteness when I saw the first photo. I love owls, and the obsession has only gotten greater since college where the mascot was the owl. I’m gonna definitely have to visit one of these cafes. It is surprising, however, to see them all awake and alert in the daytime.

    • Posted August 31, 2014 at 1:24 am | Permalink

      I love owls too! I hope you can visit :)
      haha the babies were pretty sleepy… so sweet….

  34. Posted August 31, 2014 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Very cute

  35. Posted August 31, 2014 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    There’s a great, small, and uncrowded owl cafe in Kokubunji, which is on the Chuo line about 25 minutes away from Shinjuku.

    • Posted August 31, 2014 at 1:23 am | Permalink

      Ohh nice! Maybe I’ll go next time.

  36. Posted August 31, 2014 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    wow! Such a paradise! Have you visit penguin bar too? Would love to read that

    • Posted August 31, 2014 at 1:23 am | Permalink

      I didn’t have time to visit the Penguin bar this time, but will try to next time! I hear it isn’t as cool though, since the penguins are in a separate enclosed area and you can’t play with them.

  37. Posted August 31, 2014 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Watashi mo ikitai

  38. Posted August 31, 2014 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    wheeeeeeeeere….??? next time I want to see this cafè … I miss Japan .. so much T_T.. I also love owls…

    • Posted August 31, 2014 at 1:22 am | Permalink

      You must go next time! The address and all the info is in the post ;)

  39. Posted August 31, 2014 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Basil with wings? Cuteness overload!

  40. Posted August 31, 2014 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Beautiful :3

  41. Posted August 31, 2014 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    Los quiero todos!!! Jaja xD

  42. Posted October 19, 2014 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Hey! Love the awesome write up and recommendation. Btw the address should be Tsukishima 1-27-9. :) look forward to your next Tokyo travel post!

  43. Posted October 24, 2014 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    Hi! I intend to visit this cafe next month and I read that they have English speaker staff on Fridays only. The problem is I would leave Tokyo before Friday and I dont speak Japanese. Do you think a foreigner without any Japanese knowledge like me could visit this cafe other days except Friday? :(

  44. Posted December 20, 2014 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    The owls are so tame because they drug them…

  45. Posted January 5, 2015 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    Yep, that’s freakin cray cray.

    • Posted January 5, 2015 at 4:38 am | Permalink

      I saw your post and it said you posted an hour ago, which is impossible because the last time I heard someone use “cray cray” was last year, and even then it looked like she was trying way too hard.

  46. Posted January 5, 2015 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    You’re getting old. Make a baby. Or is the whole point to your life drinking over priced coffee and petting a fucking owl?

  47. Posted January 5, 2015 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    That’s insane.

  48. Posted January 15, 2015 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    By the way it is now 2000yen per person and you do need reservations!

    • Posted January 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

      Ooh, good to know! Can you make reservations in advance, or is it still the same system where you show up early to reserve a spot for the day?

  49. Posted January 22, 2015 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    hah, by next year it’ll be 50000 yen haha

  50. Posted April 9, 2015 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    This cafe made it to our TOP 5 ANIMAL CAFES around the world. Check it out here ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KRwjOAvYOA

  51. Posted April 11, 2015 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Does that mean you had to wait for three hours, or that you got to go and do other things and come back at the time you booked? :)

    • Posted October 1, 2015 at 3:12 am | Permalink

      We got to walk around, eat a watery type of okonomiyaki, and explore the city during that time. We didn’t need to actually stand there and wait :)

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  53. Posted August 2, 2017 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    So cool. Going to Tokyo in a few weeks. Can’t wait to go here….

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