Updated: November 15, 2018
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3 Hedgehog Cafes In Tokyo That Are All The Rage!

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Only in Japan can you pet cute hedgehogs while you eat and drink in a cafe-style environment. Hedgehogs are surprisingly cute animals and they're fun to play with. Check it out for yourself, you'll be happy you did!

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Hedgehog Cafes

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Cat and owl cafes are ancient news now in Tokyo. What's been grabbing people's attention since 2016 is the hedgehog cafes!

The word in Japanese for hedgehog is "harinezumi". If you are wandering around Tokyo looking for a hedgehog cafe, that's the word people will understand! Try "harinezumi cafe, doko desu ka"? which means where is the harinezumi cafe. (On a side note, "hari" means needle and "nezumi" means mouse in Japanese, so the name is basically a needled mouse, which seems to make sense but is not very accurate since hedgehogs aren't rodents. They belong to the Erinaceinae subfamily.)

The few that have sprung up have been super popular, but there aren't that many just yet (although this might have changed by the time you read this article).
At any rate, here are three popular places where you can interact with the impossibly cute harinezumi in a relaxing environment.

Harry Nezumi Roppongi Location

The Roppongi Location is located a 1-minute walk of the Roppongi Station. It's on a 2nd floor. You'll notice the huge hedgehog sign in front of the store.
There, you can get to know the little fellas, interacting with them with your bare hands. Handled properly, you have no chance of getting injured.
The place is really cozy with a large couch surrounding the room. Oh, and you can also play with a Fennec fox!
...and some rabbits too.

The place provides free, self-serve drinks. They do not have food, but you are welcome to bring your own! Alcohol is not permitted.

Cost is ¥1,400/30 min.

Harry Nezumi Cafe Harajuku Location

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This is another location of Harry Nezumi, located in Harajuku at a 1-minute walk from the Harajuku Station. It's on the 4th floor.
The place has more of a cafe vibe compared to the Roppongi location. You can go there and sit at a table and play with different hedgehogs while enjoying self-serve beverages.

You can also bring your own food and beverages here.

The price is also ¥1,400/30 min.

Hedgehogs: Spiny Balls Of Cuteness

Before getting there, it might be a good idea to make a reservation as the places have become really popular and you may have to wait in line for over an hour if you go without one. The cost of being in the cafe for half an hour is 1,100 yen on weekdays and 1,300 yen on weekends and national holidays. If you make a reservation online, it costs 2,800 yen for one hour (more expensive, actually, but you don't have to wait).
The hedgehogs are obviously the main point of going there, but you can also have some self-serve tea and coffee during your time spent at Harry's. You can also bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks. As for the hedgehog, for an extra 500 yen, you can buy them food and feed them.
The idea of a hedgehog cafe rightfully raises some ethical questions about the treatment of the animals. To address those concerns, Harry requires all visitors to read and respect some rules about how the animals should be treated. All the animals are taken from their tanks by staff members and when they are manipulated, they have to be kept above their tanks. It is also required that visitors disinfect their hands before holding them.
At least the hedgehogs seem not too stressed as often times, they will cuddle up and fall asleep in your hands.
You are free to take as many pictures as you want. The stores also sell hedgehogs for about 30,000 yen but don't buy one on a whim, hedgehogs require special care and owners willing to commit to that care!

Lastly...

This article presented two hedgehog cafes in Tokyo where you can play with the cute needly animals. If those aren't your thing, how about going to a cat cafe?

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