MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 13: Hedgehog Cafe Yokohama

HEDGEHOG CAFES ARE REAL!

SPOILER ALERT: this cafe also had Meerkats!

To be honest, I don’t like when animals are commercialized. But, I will say, this Hedgehog Cage is immensely clean and very careful on how guests handle the hedgehogs and meerkats.

When you first walk in an employee sits with you and explains the hedgehog personality, and the correct way to handle them. They sit with you for a while to make sure you’re doing it right. Not only that, the staff walks around the entire time making sure the animals are safe, and being handled adequately. I appreciated the educational aspect of the entire experience.

If you’re in Yokohama, you definitely don’t want to miss this Hedgehog Cafe. Admission includes a drink of your choice, leather gloves, and 1 hour of Hedgehogs and Meerkats.

You can check out this photo of Tim Ferris visiting a Hedgehog Cafe while in Tokyo!

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 12: Little Details in Yokohama

Japan is filled with little details. I’d say it’s one of the most charming aspects about their culture.

There are many things I saw in Yokohama that don’t fit into a specific category, so I’m sharing them together here.

Treasures such as an elaborately designed manhole cover, a doggy water bowl holder designed into the side of a wall, clever street art, or walking through a neighborhood and running into a park.

Cheers to the little things!

可愛い   Kawaii  (cute in Japanese)

 

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 11: Cat Cafe Yokohama

Remember my post about my grandmother’s goat farm in Venezuela?

or, my post about visiting the Owl Cafe in Asakusa, Japan ?

Or, my post about working with Owls at a Nature Preserve?

So, you better believe I was excited to visit the Cat Cafe in Yokohama. It was clean and well designed. The kittens looked happy and healthy.

The business model is simple. You pay for the time you want to spend at the cafe. The cost includes a cup of vending machine coffee, slippers, and access to a lockable cubby for your belongings. (A note about the vending machine coffee, it’s surprisingly delicious! The Japanese have mastered vending machines. More on that later).

ネコ  Neko  –  (cat in Japanese)

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 9: Yokohama Chinatown

The other night I went for veggie sushi with one of my best friends and she wanted to know all about my trip to Japan. It seemed appropriate to have a Japanese meal.

I shared that I stayed near the Chinatown in Yokohama, and her reaction was, “Chinatown in Japan?!”

I know, right?!

Yokohama Chinatown reminded me a lot of China — Music! Lanterns! Dumplings! It’s in your face in the most beautiful way. Check it out…

MY TRIP TO JAPAN! PART 8: Yokohama Osanbashi Pier

Yokohama is Japan’s largest city. What I loved the most was the feeling of being on the off-beaten path. You don’t see as many foreigners as you do in Tokyo.

The pier is one of the most notable and iconic aspects of Yokohama. There’s a lot to do on this waterfront such as visiting to the CUPNOODLES museum (!!!), the Yokohama Landmark Tower (epic boutiques, coffee, and art),  the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and of course, the Ferris Wheel at the Cosmo World amusement park.

When the Yokohama Ferris Wheel, Cosmo Clock 21, first opened in 1992 it was the largest ferris wheel in the world! The view of Yokohama surrounding areas was beyond words. The most impressive was seeing the sun set over Mt. Fuji.

As you’ll see below, Yokohama won me over.

What is your favorite waterfront city?