One of the first things we did in Osaka was visit a cat cafe. After seeing Mira and Sharla go to one on YouTube, I knew I had to go too. Tiernan found one in Osaka and arranged for us to stop buy on our first full day of wandering. We visited Neko No Jikan (猫の時間). They claim to be the original cat cafe in Japan. They are a brilliant idea for people who aren’t able to have their own pets (like me at the moment) so they can go and pat teh kittehs and give them loves.
The cafe is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will cost you 1100/1200 yen for a hour with a lovely bevvy, depending on the day you go! (I had hot chocolate)! They also have a snack option, yummy kitteh cookies!
It doesn’t take too long to find although it is a bit of a walk from Shinsaibashi metro station to Amemura. If you are planning on doing a shopping blitz in Shinsaibashi (next post), you can stop here to relax between hauls, it’s only a few minutes walk from the main shopping arcade.
When you arrive, take off your shoes in the genkan and slide on into the cafe where an assistant will read you your options.
When we first arrived we had the place mostly to ourselves. It was lovely and peaceful and most of the cats were asleep. I still harassed them anyway – cos kittehs! Eventually an entire tour group showed up, so I guess this place is hot on the tourist trail. It was a bit of a bother because they were a large group and this is a very small cafe.
The cafe had a large number of cats when we visited – about 15. They take in new cats and adopt out some of the ones they have. All the cats have names and bios (in Japanese) on the walls. If you have a basic knowledge of katakana you’ll be able to read the names. The cats will be very impressed.