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【Kanagawa】 You Can Touch Them! Top 4 Healing Animal Spots

Aside from the hedgehog cafe that opened in 2017, there are many other spots in Kanagawa where we can all come face to face and snuggle with cats, birds, owls and other small animals!

Harinezumi Village at Yokohama Station West Exit

Opened in June 2017, Harinezumi Village is the sole cafe in Kanagawa that is dedicated to harinezumi (hedgehogs), drawing in a lot of attention from a wide range of people. There are about 20 hedgehogs here, and you can choose one, go to your seat and then touch and take photos of that hedgehog. Amid the slowly rising number of people taking in hedgehogs as pets, the shop has also begun to sell hedgehogs (around 20,000 JPY per hedgehog) and supplies for raising them since November 2017.

■ Harinezumi Village (Address: Daini Tsuchiya Bldg. 3F, 2-19-2 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa/Phone: None/Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm (last entry at 9:30 pm), 10:00 am – 10:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays ※The New Year's holiday schedule may change/Closed: Irregular days ※No schedule yet for December/Entrance fee: Adults: 850 JPY per 30 minutes, etc./Seating capacity: 8 seats ※Non-smoking/Parking: None/Access: Around an 8-minute walk from Yokohama Station West Exit)

Harinezumi Village

Daini Tsuchiya Bldg. 3F, 2-19-2 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa

Kamakura Nekonoma in Kamakura

Inside Kamakura Nekonoma’s space that looks like an old Japanese traditional home, you will be welcomed by 3- to 5-month-old protected cats that are looking for people to adopt them. There are always about 13-15 cats here, and you can play with them or watch them frolic about. Enjoy a blissful moment at this place.

■ Kamakura Nekonoma (Address: 6-9-7 Fueda, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa/Phone: 0467-40-5379/Hours: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (last order at 5:30 pm)/Closed: Mondays, and 2nd and 4th Tuesdays ※Closed on New Year holidays/Entrance fee: 540 JPY for 30 minutes ※Customers must order at least one dish/drink (drink prices start at 378 JPY)/Seating capacity: 14 seats ※Non-smoking/Parking space: 1 slot (free)/Access: Approx. 10 minutes on the Enoden Bus to Fujisawa Station from JR Line and Enoshima Electric Railway’s Kamakura Station East Exit, and 3-minute walk from the Uchikoshi Bus Stop)

Kamakura Nekonoma

6-9-7 Fueda, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa

Shonan Fukuro Park in Shonandai

Run by its owner, this restaurant was opened in 2014 after having displayed fukuro (owls) behind glass. It transferred and was reopened in August 2017. This restaurant has become a healing spot with about 10 owls in different sizes. There are also hedgehogs and sugar gliders here.

■ Shonan Fukuro Park (Address: Shonandai Lilienheim 2F, 5-4-8 Shonandai, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa/Phone: 0466-54-9296/Hours: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (last entry at 60 minutes before closing time) ※The New Year's holiday schedule may change/Closed: Mondays (next day in case Monday is a public holiday), December 31, 2017 (Sun.) and January 1, 2018 (public holiday)/Entrance fee: 1,080 JPY for 60 minutes (with one drink and the experience of an owl resting on your arm, etc.)/Seating capacity: 12 seats ※Non-smoking/Parking space: None/Access: 5-minute walk from Shonandai Station East Exit on the Odakyu Line, etc.)

Shonan Fukuro Park

Shonandai Lilienheim 2F, 5-4-8 Shonandai, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa

Kotori no Ouchi in Chogo

Kotori no Ouchi is a precious spot where you can come in contact with a variety of birds, especially parakeets, so it has gained a huge following among fans from outside Kanagawa. You can have the free-range birds rest on your arm and take their pictures.

■ Kotori no Ouchi (Address: 641-5 Takakura, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa/Phone: 080-3428-8792/Hours: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (last entry at 6:00 pm)/Closed: None ※Verification required about New Year's Holiday schedule/Entrance fee: 1,200 JPY for 60 minutes (with one drink)/Seating capacity: Approx. 15 people ※Non-smoking/Parking space: There is an affiliated parking space (free) ※Verification required/Access: 1-minute walk from the East Exit of Chogo Station on the Odakyu Line

Touch and play with the animals and breathe a sigh of relief! This is the perfect spot to refresh your mind.

Kotori no Ouchi

641-5 Takakura, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 12.20.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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