Nekobukuro is a play on the Japanese word for cat, "neko", and the location Ikebukuro.
For an entrance fee, customers may interact and play with any of the fifteen to twenty cats currently running free around Nekobukuro at the time. Over 30 cats are rostered in and out over the course of the day to ensure they are not over-handled.
Like Tokyo's many cat cafés, Nekobukuro is viewed as an alternative to pet ownership while still maintaining pet interaction. Not only is buying and keeping a pet in Japan expensive, many apartments will not allow pets, and some Tokyo residents feel their work schedule may not be compatible with the ownership of an animal.
Nekobukuro has no attached cafe and does not permit food or drink, but a couples discount and no time limit ensures its continued popularity as a destination on dates.
List of cat breeds at Nekobukuro
A large variety of cats are kept, including the following breeds:
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