We have seen aquariums dot cafes and restaurants and an occasional pond integrated into the scheme of things. But imagine a mini zoo with some exotic animals to entice you! I am talking about hawks, owls, turtles, snakes and yes, even a goat! Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward is seeing some really unusual cafes open up and we are on top of things for you!
The Cafe Little Zoo in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture is home to five birds of prey. Their collection includes a Rock Eagle-Owl and Eurasian Hobby that are kept on a terrace. Their aquarium plays home to a mata mata turtle. Cages with lizards and snakes round-up their collection of exotic animals. A total of 20 species are on display, and the couple who manage the cafe report that their cafe has such rare animals that you wont find them at a zoo.
A sixteen-year-old resident of the area, Miho Koshikawa, visits the café frequently. According to her, she is weary of snakes, but the comfortable environment of the café – zoo has made her confident enough to hold the python resident named Tamachin. Takajochaya is another example of this hybrid café; it is owned by 53-year-old hawk-handler Kaoru Sasaki. Found in the Tokyo city of Mitaka, the cafe is a place frequented by hawk-handlers who come there to rest after flying their birds in nearby Inokashira Park.
Shibuya Ward is the home to Sakuragaoka Cafe, which keeps two goats called Sakura and Chocolat. The goats attract people who are on their way to work and to pique interest, on sunny days they are walked around Shibuya Station.