Harajuku Rabbit Cafe – Fun for Kids, Parents AND Grandparents!
Japan, the land of the quirky experience, has all kinds of animal cafes. You can meet (and eat) alongside Cats, Owls, Hedgehogs, Dogs AND Rabbits. Roam the Gnome, my mum Angie, and I set ourselves the task of finding a rabbit cafe. (While cat cafes are the most easy to find, cat hair and allergies just don’t go together so Rabbits it was.)
In the fun and fabulous town of Harajuku, a must-stop place for families and kids looking for cute Japanese shops, kawaii fashion, Cosplayers dressed up in manga/anime outfits, fun food experiences, and the world-famous Takeshita Dori street, you’ll also find the R.a.a.g.f Cafe (“Rabbit, and Grow Fat”. Random, and yet so classic Japan.)
Harajuku Rabbit Cafe – Walk on up
The Harajuku Rabbit Cafe is located in a small room on the 3rd floor of the building. There’s a welcoming sign on the front door. Knock and enter. The ladies in charge will let you know if they have room for a visit or not. If they do, take your shoes off and pop them in the shoe rack and head on in to the cafe, beyond the gate. If not, you’ll be asked to return at a later time.
As you walk in, you’ll see rows of cages. Each rabbit has his or her own home, with fresh grass and hay keeping them warm, water, and fresh food. Their coats are shiny and they look well-loved and cared for.
Entry to the Harajuku Rabbit Cafe
Find a cushion and take a seat at a table. You’ll be given a R.a.a.g.f waiver to sign, asked to choose your ‘course’ (30 minutes, or an hour, or more) then asked for your choice of drink which is included in the entry price. (Hot tip: Milky tea. It’s delicious!)
If you want to feed the rabbits, a snack is an extra ¥150. You may bring your own snacks to eat while you visit the rabbits too, but if you are bringing kids, eat later or you’ll run out of time. Your hostess will inform you of the ‘rules’ and then ask you to choose your rabbit. They bring out one rabbit at a time per table, and are happy to give you hints on which rabbits are more kid-friendly or amicable than others. Rabbits take it in turns to visit, so they are not stressed out, or over-stretched. They are quite happy to swap your rabbit for another during your visit so you can meet more than one rabbit friend too.
Visiting animal cafes is quite the done thing in Japan. Small houses, apartment living, and busy urban lifestyles prevent many from owning their own pet, and so visiting an animal cafe is a way to gain this interaction. You’ll see people of ALL ages in the cafe. Men, women, children, grandparents… it’s a fun unique excursion for locals and visitors alike.
Gentleness is encouraged, so prep the kids not to chase, scare, or harass them. The trick is to use the food to entice the rabbit up onto your lap of free will, or at least close to you, so you can pat them. We found ourselves lounging and laying on the floor while squeaking our tongues to get our rabbit’s attention and cajole him to wander over to us.
Beware – Rabbits are very fond of dropping poop pellets as they wander! The hostesses are discreet as they quickly scoop it up out of sight. But the kids will think that is the funniest thing! We did too.
The Inside Scoop
Opening Hours & Entry Fees
- Weekdays 12 pm to 7.30 pm. (Last entry 7pm). Closed Fridays.
- Weekends 11am to 8 pm
- 700 yen for first 30 minutes. Average visit 30 – 60 minutes.
- Phone: 03 6805 0328
- RAAGF Website
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Be prepared to wander the backstreets. The first trick is finding the Harajuku Rabbit Cafe. It’s just three minutes walk from Kiddyland on Omotesando, but you need to know where you are going. (We’ve popped some photos below under Travel Options to signpost your way and help you there.). The Harajuku Rabbit Cafe is located on the 3rd floor of this building, and has a ‘Tree’ sign to mark the building.
- Quick directions: Starting at Kiddyland, head south away from Yoyogi Park. Turn left into Cat Street and walk down.
- You’ll pass Candy Show Time on your right, then just 25 metres past that, you’ll see the clothing store GAS. Turn right at this junction.
- Wander up this narrow laneway (above) until you see the M’arijuan boutique on your left.
- Turn down this alleyway. Pass the Kirin drinks machine, and the R.a.a.g.f building is on your left about 25 metres along.
Location and Map
- Address: Jingumae 6-14-15, Maison Harajuku 3F
World Schooling – teaching your kids as you travel!
- The Harajuku Rabbit Cafe is SUPER FUN, but also a chance to explore the differences of Japanese culture where something like a rabbit cafe thrives as a necessary thing.
- Chat about the different foods rabbits like to eat (and check out the dried fruits you can buy for them too.)
- Take a look at the Rabbit harnesses on the wall. Would your kids like to take a bunny rabbit for a walk? Discuss their ideas.
Toadstool Rating (by the kids)
Family Travel Ideas with Roam the Gnome
We love to share the SUPER FUN kid-friendly stuff we find around the world, so you can go there too!