So I finally went to the owl cafe!!! And really liked it!! Was quite an experience having a barn owl sit on your head, lol. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and instantly started comparing the owls on which would make the best owl postman! Some may be more express delivery owls, while others could carry hefty sized parcels, like a new broom for instance haha!
Anyway, you have to book in advance and probably best to go there in person, so you’ve already established how to get there. You have to book for a one hour slot, ours was 5pm-6pm. It costs ￥1000 and includes a drink, an alcoholic drink puts the price up to ￥1200. And I believe a maximum of 20 people can go in at once, our time slot wasn’t full and there were 12 of us in there.
When your time slot comes round you go up to the 2nd floor, where the staff take your drink order and then give an explanation (all in Japanese of course) of how to best handle the owls and what you shouldn’t do, e.g. stroking the owls tummy is a bad idea but the head and beak is ok! There is a card they gave us, this explains these instructions in English, so don’t worry! This takes around 10 minutes and then you get 50 minutes handling time with the owls!
Now to the owls!! In our slot there were 5 owls we could interact with, 2 large owls and 3 small ones, Gori, Mashu, Niko, Natsu and a baby one that I forgot the name of, sorry cute baby owl!! And the staff help you hold the bird and generally you can hold each owl on your hand, shoulder or on your head! But this varies on the owl. There are other owls sitting on perches on the right side of the room, you are not allowed to touch these ones, but you can take pictures (with no flash). I believe the owls who interact with the customers get rotated, and the ones on the perches are having a break, some were sleeping!! When I was holding Niko he got very sleepy and starting yawning like crazy!! All the owls were very friendly and I would really recommend checking this little place out!!
To get there you can take the subway to Nakasu-Kawabata station and take the Canal City exit (I believe it’s number 5 or 6), once you get above ground turn left down the shopping arcade, keep going until you reach almost the very end, the shop will be on the right hand side if you come from this direction. Look up to see the owl sign!