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.

Bearing the social enterprise concept in mind, the cats at EkoNeko are run-of-the-mill but friendly and fun to be around!

Hi Kitler

I really liked what Ekoneko stands for and their concept of utilising the cat cafe as a pre-adoption centre. Please visit if you’re in the area!

Attraction EkoNeko
Address Japan, 〒176-0005 Tōkyō-to, Nerima-ku, Asahigaoka, 1 Chome−73, 旭丘1丁目73−1
Opening hours 1200 – 2200
How to get there Stop at Ekoda station
Google Map Ekoneko



  1. Marc-André

    January 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Oh I’ve not been to this one though I’ve been to a lot of the ones in japan.

    Would you like to do a guest post on this one? 🙂

    1. meowsyy

      January 23, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Thanks for the kind offer, I’d get in touch later when I have more time to write!

      1. Marc-André

        January 24, 2017 at 3:42 pm

        Yes please 🙂 looking forward to it.

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