Are animal cafes still a thing? I bet that’s what you’re thinking. They all started with the cat café which dates back over a decade. Tokyo has plenty of them, including other animal themed cafes such as the snake, owl, and rabbits. I never really entertained the idea. That was until I heard about the great reviews and high standard of animal care at Harry, the hedgehog café in Roppongi.
And it didn’t disappoint. The inside of the café is really nice, and the hedgehogs all have several large enclosures to play and sleep in. The hedgehogs themselves that you get to pat and play with are quite small. You pay by the hour if you reserve, which I highly suggest as it’s very popular. Your hired hedgehog can be changed once, but if you go with a friend and change with each other too, then you get to have four hedgehogs over the hour.
The price is not cheap, but I like to think that cost goes towards keeping excellent care of the hedgehogs. It’s 2,800 yen for an hour ($US28), but extra if you want to feed them. They’re open from midday until 8pm, but as hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures I recommend going late evening to see them at when they’re most active. It’s super easy to find the café too, just around the corner from Roppongi station. You can find a map on their website.
If you are a resident, then you might like to even purchase on of the hedgehogs too. Harry is happy to supply this service. I almost bought one on impulse, but decided I didn’t know the first thing about keeping hedgehogs.
Out of all the animal cafes, this is the only one I ever considered visiting and would even consider visiting again. Hope I’ve convinced you too!