Day 17: At least I found a Cat Cafe

Reader beware: this post contains negativity. But it also contains cats. The internet loves both these things so I’m hoping for a great response.

As much as I loved the Turtle Inn, where I stayed in Nikko – the super-friendly staff, the private onsen, the futon – I had some qualms with the guests I shared my room with.


It goes without saying there was a cockroach massacre. I won (just about). The other perk about the Turtle Inn was it’s location – just a few minutes from one of Nikko’s best sights, the Kanmangafuchi Abyss. It’s a lovely walk, and these guys line it:


Unfortunately, the rain came down in sheets that morning and despite my plans to trek around the Lake Chuzenji area, I had to admit defeat. What to do on a rainy day? Shop. Off to Tokyo, my home away from home, armed with an umbrella and a frown.


I love this city. There’s a whole world under ground level, so it seemed like the ideal day trip. I also had something left on my to-do list: visit a cat cafe. For those unaware of these establishments, it is exactly what it sounds like. Spend some time with cake and coffee and cats. There are a few popular ones in Tokyo: Nekorobi, Hapineko and a few mentioned here. I opted for Ikebukuro, so I could see Sunshine City – a department store with great views from the top floor (you have to pay mind). Also, to visit another branch of Tokyu Hands. At the top floor of this branch you’ll find pet supplies… and a room full of felines.

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I’d like to think I arrived at nap-time, and that the cats weren’t just drugged up to their whiskers. So that was my day. A little shopping/gawking and a journey back to Nikko to check on my cockroach carcasses. One thing I did that night was watch this documentary, something I wish I had seen before my trip. It really does give a great insight into what the people, culture, society is like in Japan, from an outsiders perspective.