If you have been following my blog, by now you would have noticed that Japan is not just about sushi restaurants and ramen shops. As a matter of fact, Japan is where you can find some of the most unusual and quirky eateries imaginable! I have already written about several “animal” cafes in and around Tokyo and thought I would offer up one more, one suited more for those of you who aren’t exactly into the cute and cuddly.
Located in Narashino city in northern Chiba Prefecture, Café Little Zoo (http://little-zoo.jp/) is home to snakes, iguanas, turtles, falcons and about half a dozen owls. The café operates out of an ordinary house and has the flavor of a neighborhood hangout frequented by regulars. It is open for business starting at noon until 9:00 PM (Fridays and Saturdays until 11:00 PM) and the menu includes casual items such as curry and rice, soups, salads, hamburger sets, fried chicken wings, spring rolls, hash brown potatoes and Camembert fondue. Some patrons gather at the café for a casual conversation with friends while enjoying cocktails, beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee, tea, juice, cakes and others sweets.
Let’s not forget about the animals, after all they are the main attraction. Each table has an alcohol based cleanser to keep your hands clean for your meal after handling the animals. The staff will even bring the animals right to your table, if you would like. The staff does not speak English therefore it would be beneficial for you to have someone who speaks Japanese with you. Many of the customers who frequent the café are bird lovers and bring their own owls to the café so they can play with the resident birds. It is recommended that you contact the café ahead of time if you plan to bring your own animals.
The café is located at Narashino-shi, Moto-Okubo 1-4-10. The telephone number is 047-455-3329.