Japan 2016: EkoNeko

I seemed to be naturally drawn to cat cafes when I am overseas. Perhaps it’s the attachment I have to my cat, being away from my cat makes me feel a little… empty and void of furry-loving.

While my travel mates went mildly hysterical at Pokemon Centre at Ikebukuro, I took a short train ride out to EkoNeko.

Alight at Ekoda and walk through this alley

You can read more about EkoNeko on Rocket News. The concept is quite simple: All of the cats are rescued and up for adoption. The cat cafe serves as a temporary foster home for potential adopters to spend time with the cats. However, you can’t just pick up a cat and head home, there is a stringent interview process to ensure your commitment and responsibility.

The entrance fee for an hour is 1100Y with proceeds going into the upkeep of these strays. The staff doesn’t speak much English but enough to understand your request.

The cat cafe is about an apartment size big with plenty of cat toys, climbing posts and cages all around. No nasty smells.

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Kyoto sight: Neko Cafe Time

Not interested in the hike at Fushimi Inari?

Love cats?

Your answer: Neko Cafe Time.

Compared to the other cat cafes I’ve been to in Osaka, Neko Cafe Time feels a lot homelier and humble than the other cafes. The cats from Neko Cafe Time are all rescued cats, hence, you don’t see any of those Russian Blues or Ragdolls but the everyday cats that you’d spot on the streets.

It depends on what type of cat cafe experience you’re looking for I suppose.

Me, I just wanted a cool place with air-conditioning (while waiting for my sister and D to hike) and maybe a drink to hide out from the terrible heat. Even better, if there is wifi. Make my day better-er with cats!

Price available on their website.

Cafe overlooks the river, such a pretty sight!

I think the cafe will be even prettier in spring with cherry blossoms blooming.

As with most cat cafes, you’re required to place your shoes outside and sanitise your hands.

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Bangkok sight: Makura Cat Cafe

Well, we intended to head to Talad Rot Fai but we stumbled upon Makura Cat Cafe. I hadn’t had any inkling of this cat cafe’s existence but hey, lady luck must be on my side. It’s right on the way into Talad Rot Fai, opposite the rows of Thai bars/cafes.

It was also Halloween night so the cat cafe was decked in Halloween festivities. But no trick or trick sadly! There is a little basin at the entrance of the cafe. All patrons are required to wash their hands before entering. If you had googled cat cafe Bangkok, you’re likely to find Purr Cat Club. I’d say skip Purr Cat Club and come here instead.

The cats are pretty fun and active and they oblige humans. It was a more enjoyable and interactive experience as compared to the other cat cafe I’ve been to in Hong Kong. It’s a new cafe, having opened only in July 2013.

It’s separated into two segments, the other side is elevated. BUT it doesn’t protect you from the kitties.

One of my favourite cats! This cat has a thing for bags

Makura Cat Cafe
Address: Srigarindra Rd. Bangkok, Thailand
Opening hours: 12-10.30pm on Wed, Fri-Sun, 12-9pm on all other days
Directions: I alighted at Udom Suk BTS and took a cab that costs about 80 Baht. It’s right behind Seacon Square