Cat Travel: Neko no Jikan – Osaka, Japan

Ya-ho, Katzenworld readers!

Recently, on a trip to Osaka, I managed to sneak a visit to Japan’s first ever cat café!

Neko no Jikan was opened in 2004, and is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year. 🙂

I popped into the main branch for a snack and an hour with some cute kitties. Photos below!

Can you guess who was my favourite?!

When you approach the café, along the shopping street you can hear a recorded, super cute meow, beckoning you into the store! It really lets you know exactly where you need to go. ^^

When you enter, there are 3 different sets you can purchase – 1 hour with the kitties, 1 hour + a drink and 1 hour + a drink and a sweet! I purchased the 1 hour + drink and sweet option. The bracelet you can see on my wrist is how they mark your choice! There were some cats relaxing at the cash register, too. You need to wash your hands before you head into the main kitty committee area, for hygiene purposes, and again as you exit. 🙂

There was some beautiful furniture here, too, including a real cat “tree”! The cat room is beautifully decorated with two low tables, for easy kitty access, and plenty of climbing/napping spots away from people. They even had a little escape door if the day proved too much through a sliding door.

Once your hour is up, you can head over to the café section! The menu was really cute, and had lots of yummy sounding drinks (hot and cold) and snacks. I ordered an Earl Grey tea and an Affogado for dessert. Both were delicious. <3

If you’re in Osaka, and you love cats, please visit Neko no Jikan! They currently have 2 branches – their main branch, and the Amerikamura branch. I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic time, taking a break from the big city bustle with these cuties.

<3

Laura – Japan Kitty Correspondent

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26 thoughts on “Cat Travel: Neko no Jikan – Osaka, Japan

  1. These need to be everywhere so we can all have our “kitty fix” when we are traveling.
    I had seen this on TV and would love to visit someday.
    Thanks for the report.

    1. It’s awesome to see cat cafés springing up all over the world!
      Everyone could do with a little more cute in their day. ^o^
      Thanks for reading! 🙂

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  3. I was going to ask if Hello Kitty was there. But then I remembered that A) she lives in London and B) she is not actually a cat 🙂

    Seriously, this is so cute and cool. It sounds like a great type of place for people traveling on vacation who love cats and who miss their feline friends. I’ve heard about other, similar cat cafes in other areas of the world. So obviously it has a definite appeal.

    1. Many apartments in Japan (like mine *sob*) don’t allow the residents to keep pets, so they’re also great for people who are unable to have a furry friend!
      Thanks for visiting! ^o^

  4. I can’t imagine cats liking strangers coming in and out all day. Glad they have plenty of space to get away when needed & I truly hope they care well for these cuties. Thanks for sharing on the Pet Parade ~Rascal and Rocco

    1. There are ground rules in place to ensure that the kitties are treated nicely by the visitors, and they are well looked after! 🙂 The cats tend to have excellent temperaments, too.
      Thanks for visiting. 😀

  5. Is there any rules for the humans in the café about how to behave with the cats ? We hope so for the kitties ! Purrs

    1. There are! No flash photography, and the cafés I’ve been to tend to ask visitors not to pick up the cats, and let them come to you. 🙂 And other things like, don’t pull tails, or wake sleeping kitties.
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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