Japan is no stranger to cat cafes, with each uniquely themed. Whether you want to read manga while petting cats or gaze at them adorable felines in a Japanese bathhouse setting, there are plenty of options to choose from. But Capy Neko Cafe, the latest cat cafe to spring up in the Kichijoji district of Tokyo, has an addition no other establishment has: a capybara.
Capybaras are known as the world’s largest rodents and are also highly sociable animals — which explains their ability to get along harmoniously with the other cats in the cafe.
While capybaras are usually kept in zoos, the one at Capy Neko —named Tawashi— gets along well in the cafe and even exhibits characteristics of its fellow housemates: eating and napping!
The felines at Capy Neko are all rescue cats. Adopt, don’t buy! Rates at the cafe start at 2,200 yen (S$27) for a one-hour slot for adults, with 30-minute extensions available for 1,100 yen (S$13).
CAPY NEKO CAFE
Location: Tokyo, Musashino, Kichijoji Minamicho 1-5-10 PLANTANO 2F
Opening hours: 12pm-6pm