Forest of Owl
An Owl Cafe Experience
Japan is bustling with unique themed cafes; from maid/butler cafes, anime, character, movie and animals. When I traveled to Japan; this was a to-do in my bucket list. One evening in Akihabara, I got time to spare and decided to hit the nearest interesting café in the area. Though many pretty girls (I saw one in a maid outfit, others were dressed with short skirts or cute dresses) are campaigning on the sidewalk for people to visit their café, being female and alone would feel awkward. So I decided to visit an animal cafe – an Owl Café since it wasn’t common and it in the area. I also paid JPY 1000 for an unlimited time and a free drink.
There would be a few people who are against animal cafes especially this one since Owls are for the Wild but no Owls were harmed in my visit. And nope, I did not disturb the sleeping ones.
Owl no Muri
or Forest of Owl Is located in Akihabara. It is found at the 5th floor of a building a few minutes from Animate.
As I entered, the room was a dimly lit. I sanitized my shoes and my hands and proceeded to pay JPY1000 to the attendant.
Then I saw the gorgeous birds perched on top of few cabinets/cages. Some were free of flying around the room. Warnings signs were placed near the owls that might bite and instructions on how to pet them were posted.
Here are some pictures I got of the owls: (Note that I did and will never use flash on animals).
There were also other exotic animals; the piranha and a few clownfish in separate aquariums. Friendly parrots in a cage and a big rooster who was afraid of everyone except the caretaker. There were also creepy iguanas.
I think some owls loved being petted and some move away if they don’t like it. There were also the big ones who were too scary to touch, so I just decided to say hi and admire their beauty. Since a few birds were flying freely, beware of poop! One owl pooped atop the aquarium and good thing no one was harmed >.<
If you want to rest a bit, you could sit down, watch a movie and enjoy your free drink. Zootopia was shown in the screen while I was relaxing.
The place was visited by mixture of people; locals and tourists, kids and adults. There were also office men who were very curious and even asked a lot of questions to the care taker. Though I really wanted to ask a few, but my Japanese was mediocre and I wanted to spend time with the birds.
Forest of the Owl is a great owl café; the ambiance and the interior design are amazing. They were also information about owls posted randomly and they all have names. Most owls were roaming freely, while some were chained up and I heard that they all have a chance to fly around. The caretaker was really respectful and you could feel her care for the birds. Plus the animals seem to really inclined to her that it makes me feel happy. I would recommend you to visit this place J
Here are my owl crushes:
It was really a cool experience. I finally got to pet an owl and have a few selfies with them. I saw an array of small, medium and big owls with eyes of different colors. My money well spent on a truly great and memorable experience. If you’re not against this, you should come and visit!