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Nekobukuro Cat's House (ねこぶくろ?) is a petting zoo for cats located on the eighth floor[1] of the Ikebukuro Tokyu Hands store.

Nekobukuro is a play on the Japanese word for cat, "neko", and the location Ikebukuro.

It is one of the better known[2] cat-petting destinations, being included in tourist and sightseeing guides.[3][4]

For an entrance fee, customers may interact and play with any of the fifteen to twenty[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

List of cat breeds at Nekobukuro[edit]

A large variety of cats are kept, including the following breeds:[8]


  1. ^ "TOKYU HANDS Ikebukuro Floor Guide". Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  2. ^ (French)
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Ikebukuro Walking Tour". EveryTrail. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  5. ^ (Japanese)
  6. ^ : Jenn on November 3, 2003 11:42 PM (2003-11-02). "". Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  7. ^ Hoy, Selena (2010-12-15). "A guide to cat cafes in Tokyo | CNN Travel". Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  8. ^ (Japanese)

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Coordinates: 35°43′48″N 139°42′59″E / 35.729903°N 139.716474°E / 35.729903; 139.716474