Ikefukurou In Ikebukuro

While a little difficult to find, the Ikefukurou Cafe - Owl Cafe near Ikebukuro station is definitely a cafe worth visiting. And aside from that, who doesn't love a good fukurou (owl) pun?
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you're planning on going:
1. Make sure you make a reservation before you go. They do accept walk-ins, but prefer reservations.
   When we arrived, a session was still in progress and we were asked if we had a reservation. We didn't make one ahead of time, so the staff member told us to wait for the next session since they had spots open for us to get in. She told us next time to reserve ahead as sometimes there isn't enough space.
A new member! Although he's big, he's actually quite young! He was also very playful and loved chasing after string.

2. You have to wait downstairs as they do not have enough space to wait in the foyer area.
   So make sure you go on a nice day or else you'll be standing around outside.
3. Make sure you're in front of their door at the exact time of your scheduled visit.
   Even if it is 2 minutes before, they will send you downstairs. There is barely any room when you reach their floor and they need to let the guests from the previous session exit.
Hungry probably

4. Weekdays the cost is 1500 yen, weekends it's 1600 yen for the hour.
   They also provide you with a bottled drink from a small selection.
5. There is a small discount if you show their Facebook page on your phone.
   If you don't have data in Japan and can't connect to WiFi, then take a screen shot of their Facebook page and show them when you check-in.
6. Probably the best part of the whole experience: You can ask a staff member if it's ok to have an owl perch on you. And then you get to choose your owl!
   I highly recommend this option. It's a lot of fun to go around petting the owls, but it's definitely a treat having one sit on your shoulder or carrying a large one on your arm. I do have to say that I got pooped on (haha). The little guy on my shoulder just did his thing. The staff members were quick to clean it and disinfected everything pretty swiftly.
Owls are actually heavier than you think!

Going around petting the owls and seeing them up close and personal was an incredibly cute and fun experience. It took a little while to get over the fact that the owls were tied to their perches and in a confined space. That said, once I saw how the staff handled them and cared for them, I felt a tiny bit better about it.
Owls are surprisingly playful and less docile than I imagined them to be. If you're not afraid of birds and always wanted to see Hedwig up close, the Ikefukurou Cafe at Ikebukuro Station is a great place to visit.
The epitome of adorable
Hedwig!! Ok, not really Hedwig, but maybe a distant relative.

Address: Japan, 〒171-0022 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Minamiikebukuro, 1 Chome−17−1

Kristin Lagman