I went to Owl Family an owl cafe in Osaka!
As some of you know dogs are my favourite animals, especially toy poodles and my Tibetan Terrier!
Owls are cute and interesting to see up close, but not even in my top ten of cute animals….until now!!
The cafe is in the Tenjin area of Osaka and is open until 8pm, we went for the 7pm slot as they run at the beginning of the hour every hour for an hour.
Luckily on a Thursday not many people wanted to see owls, and there were only 4 other patrons. We entered, sat at a table together, ordered our drinks (the cost is 1000yen with a soft drink and 1200yen with alcohol) and listened to the owl rules.
Most of the information is available in English and Japanese, but the talk was in Japanese only, though it might have been as we refused the English drinks menu.
The rules are simple enough, only touch the owls with the back of your hand on their heads and backs, if they try to fly hold your hand up…dont try kissing them etc..
You can have the owls placed on your hand, shoulder and for the smaller ones on your head too!
Owl Family had 26 owls when we visited, 6 were available for petting and the rest were there but were for photos (without flash) only.
There were three staff members working the cafe when we went and one exclusively looking after the owls, taking them for grooming and tlc.
The staff members spoke some English and were really helpful with picking up the owls, making sure we had enough time with them all and making sure we had the pictures we wanted.
Overall I had a lovely experience, I held 3 owls and the time went pretty fast, it was just enough to enjoy everything without getting bored. The owls were really comical bobbing their heads and staring in the mirror at themselves!
As with the penguin bar, the ethics of such a cafe Im not clear on, the owls did seem very well cared for and I hope that they get some free time to roam around after hours.
The visit has has made me more fond of owls in general, and maybe will inspire others to become owl lovers and protectors too.
The cafe did have a small gift shop area (and real owls for sale starting at ¥300,000!) but I recently got this Amuse owl in a UFO catcher. He’s so soft and cute so I didn’t buy anything.