The country that’s crazy for all things cute is now home to the first ever hedgehog-themed café in the world.
A minute away from the Roppongi station is a café named Harry—a play on the Japanese word for hedgehog, harinezumi—which houses 20 to 30 adorable hedgehogs in many different colors and sizes.
Become friends with the prickly yet cute animals for half an hour for a fee of ¥1,000 (around PHP450) on weekdays and ¥1,300 (around PHP555) on holidays. Upon entry, you’ll be asked to pick a hedgehog which you can play with—and even adopt once your time is up.
They’re grouped according to their colors like Salt n Pepper, Pied, Cinnamon, and Albino. The café also gives option to pay extra ¥500 (PHP220) for mealworm snacks that you can feed to your tiny new friend.
Hedgehogs are mostly calm and friendly so you can carefully cuddle with them, but they can get tired and be a little hostile sometimes—just remember to not touch those that perk up their quills or those that look sleepy.
A café employee, Mizuki Murata, told Reuters: “We wanted to show people the charm of hedgehogs, which give the impression of being hard to handle. We wanted to get rid of that image by letting people touch them,” and that “the cutest thing about hedgehogs is getting them to finally open up and show you their face.”
After your cuddling session, you can take a break and check out the self-service selection of beverages (but you’re also allowed to bring your own drinks and food).
There are a lot of tourists and locals who want to visit the place so it’s best to book your reservation through their website to make sure you’ll be able to get inside.
Café Harry is located at Tokyo, Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-7-2 IWAHORI Building 2F.