Owl Park
Ikebukuro: Bird cafe
Owl Park (Ikebukuro: Bird cafe)
Owl Park
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Mondays.
Sun: Open Sundays

One of a growing number of owl cafes in the city of owls, Ikebukuro, Owl Park opened in September 2015 in the middle of a bustling nightlife district. A spacious room on the second floor of a busy entertainment building, it offers a dozen friendly owls. The owls are mostly smaller varieties such as scops, little owls and barn owls, but there are three larger types - brown wood owl, Ural owl and eagle owl. The pastel-wash walls are decorated with vivid plastic foliage and colorful acrylic paintings by Africa-trained Japanese artist Shogen.

When we visited on a Wednesday afternoon, we had the place to ourselves for an hour. The very accommodating staff offered us a chance to hold Choco, an inquisitive and bright-eyed little scops owl. He seemed delighted by the attention, and was happy to be petted gently for ages.

If it's quiet enough, you may be able to see Lucky the barn owl fly from his perch onto a visitor's arm. Perhaps it was too soon after lunch, but Lucky took a lot of coaxing to fly the two meters from his perch. It took several minutes of calling his name and waving his favorite soft toy before he swooped over to grab his raw meat treat. Apparently, he flies a lot more readily after 4pm.

See more photos and details at Animal Cafes.com.

Toshima-ku, Nishi-Ikebukuro 3-30-11 2F.
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