Visiting an animal cafe was one of the top activities that I wanted to do when we went to Japan. These are cafes where you can grab something to drink while playing with cute and adorable animals. Each cafe had its own unique animals from cats and dogs to more obscure pets like hedgehogs and reptiles.
When we were wandering around Harajuku, there was a sign amongst a sea of sign that caught my eye, and it was for a pig cafe! This was an animal I could imagine myself cuddling with, and so we checked it out!
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of not writing down the name of the cafe.
I didn’t write it down (note to self: must be better about writing these things down!) but we believe it was about 2,000 yen (about $18) for half an hour and one drink.
Only a limited number of people are allowed inside the cafe at any given point, so we waited for a short period of time to go inside. Once it was our turn, we took off our shoes, washed our hands, and got to play with the little piggies in the play pen.
The price came with a complimentary drink, but honestly, the drinks were made by a vending machine and therefore not the best by any means. I was so caught up with playing with the pigs that I barely bothered with the drink.
There were a few rules, and the staff was quite strict with them, but for good reason. One rule was that we were not allowed to pick up the pigs. This meant, however, that we were on the whims of the pigs’ fancy in whether they wanted to play with us or not.
For a while, they kept playing with other people and I had to find a way to bribe them. Time was running out! I found out that they had a fondness of harmlessly biting my hair and my bag, and if that’s what will get them to stay, bite away.
If you’re looking for somewhere to play with an adorable animal, definitely stop by an animal cafe! If you’re actually looking for drinks and such, maybe look elsewhere.