This Tokyo café is basically owl heaven, which is to say, it’s a real hoot

By Maria Yagoda
Updated June 12, 2015 08:00 PM
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Do you love cafés but hate their routine lack of owls?

Ikefukurou Owl Café understands you, and that’s why it’s here to transform the casual café landscape with an open-owl policy. In fact, cafés around Tokyo are welcoming owls with increasing frequency. (London just opened its first owl café, too.)

Located on the 6th floor of a building in the Ikeburo district of Tokyo, the venue makes for an intimate spot to hang out with nature’s most majestic birds. And while there doesn’t appear to be much coffee served there, who needs more energy than the exhilaration owls provide?

Naturally, there are rules to be followed. Ikefukurou shows all patrons a “request and rules” sheet, which includes such guidelines as “Please cooperate in the disinfection of the hand,” “No screaming,” “Owl hate to be touched feet” and “We are not able to discipline owl’s dropping.”

As the video filmed by Alodia Gosiengfiao shows, the café has owl professionals on-site to guide you through your interactions with the squat and aloof creatures.

What kind of animal do you yearn to chill with at a café? Sloth? Naked mole rat? Corgi? Let us know in the comments.

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