Guide to Kanto Region

The Village of the Owls

In the Harajuku area near Takeshita Street, there is a special store that allows the visitor to be in direct contact with real owls.
The "Fukurou Café" literally Café de los búhos is an attraction that is gaining much fame among visitors from abroad.
The store is in a building that at first glance is very common but when climbing in the elevator and entering the store you can feel the magical atmosphere that produces being near these wonderful birds.
Owls are nocturnal raptors, they have raised feathers that look like ears. His anatomy has fascinated humanity since the beginning of time. They hear ten times more than human beings and can turn their heads 270 degrees in both directions. They are fascinating birds and, throughout history have marveled at their presence in myths and legends. They are considered a symbol of light and wisdom.
Upon arriving at the site and registering, the staff in charge will give the visitor a menu to choose a drink and a small dessert before entering to see the Owls.
After the snack, the participants' hands are disinfected and the rules that must be fulfilled are explained:
Do not take photos using flash.
Before sobbing an owl first show them your hand a little so they do not get scared.
Do not take any owl without the authorization of the staff.
Be careful since owls do not have training to control their physiological needs.
Do not squeeze the owls or hug them, just gently rub them.
Do not bring small owls closer to large owls as a fight could start.
By understanding and respecting these rules, the experience in the cafe is very fun. The owls come from both the interior of the country and from South American or African countries. They are very gentle as long as the hand is shown before caressing them.
If you want to have a more intimate contact with the birds, the staff will give you a glove (a bit heavy), where the owl you choose will rest on your arm for a few minutes, perfect time to take photos or to make a small link with the little bird.
These owls are very well cared for and fed, therefore there is no need to worry about their bodily state.
At the end of the experience, the hands were again disinfected and each of the participants will be given a small souvenir of the trip they made to the village of the owls.
These small creatures are both very beautiful and very mysterious, therefore the fact of being able to share closely with one of them opens the mind to a wider knowledge about this type of bird so cute and intelligent.
This kind of coffee is not only found in Harajuku, but there are also in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Akihabara with some differences but the concept remains the same.
If you really want to interact with an owl and live these unforgettable and unique experiences, going to one of these cafes is the healthiest and fun way to fulfill that fantasy.