Your Complete Guide to Enjoying Kyoto’s Pug Cafe Living Room
In Japan, there are many interesting animal cafes like cat cafes and owl cafes. Among these, there's one that's fast becoming a hot topic - Kyoto's Pug Cafe is a place where you can spend some time with adorable pugs. Check out this guide to Kyoto's Pug Cafe, a place that's irresistible for any dog lover!
Living Room is a popular cafe in Kyoto where you can play with pugs. Watch them as they play or join in the fun. It is home to 12 pugs, each with their own unique personality. They're all extremely cute and are a hit with everyone, from kids to the elderly. You can feed them snacks, take photos with them, or even bring your own pet along to the cafe.
Opening Hours: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm (reception until 5:00 pm)
*Check for business days by accessing the calendar on their official homepage.
The Normal Menu will get you 1 hour of play time with the pugs (a set with one drink, human snack, and dog snack.) Each month, there are a few Special Days where there is a special plan available. There's no limit on the play time (limited to 2 hours if the cafe becomes full) with the menu, and it's all-you-can-drink. To make the deal even sweeter, you can even receive a free item that is pug cafe related. Additionally, on the 8th, 9th, 18th, 19th, 28th and 29th of each month, other dogs can enter for free.
Normal Menu: Non-members 1,200 JPY, Members 1,000 JPY, Junior High School Students 1,100 JPY, Elementary School Students 1,000 JPY, Infants and Children Free, Dogs 200 JPY (Vaccine and rabies certificate required. Manner belts required for male dogs), overtime charged at 500 JPY for every 30 mins
Special Day Menu: 3,000 JPY
Living Room is located near the Katsura Imperial Villa, with the nearest station being Katsura Station on the Hankyu Railway. If you're traveling from Kyoto Station, you can take the subway Karasuma Line towards Kokusai Kaikan and get off at Shijo Station. Head to Karasuma Station and transfer to the Hankyu Railway traveling towards Umeda and get off at Katsura Station. Exit from the East Exit of the station and the cafe is around an 8-minute walk away. Alternatively, it's around a 10-minute taxi ride from the Nishioji Station on the JR Kyoto Line.
Each pug looks different from the other, and they all have their own distinct personalities. Their personalities shine through in their incredibly cute expressions.
Since photography is allowed in the cafe, don't miss the perfect photo opportunity!
The main reason for visiting the cafe is to pet and play with the pugs. Just take note that you're not allowed to stand while holding the pugs (it's okay to place them on your lap). Do also take care not to pet the pugs too strongly or do anything that they dislike.
The pugs love snacking, and will start to gather as soon as the staff takes the treats out!
You can also feed the pugs. If you have a snack in hand, you'll quickly become extremely popular with the dogs!
It's fun to look at the different poses and expressions that the pugs have.
When they get together and play with each other, the cute factor explodes and you'll find yourself smiling at their antics.
It's certainly relaxing to play with the pugs but it's important to follow the cafe's rules when playing with the pugs to ensure that the other customers, and the pugs themselves, can have a good time as well. If you're bringing your own dog, take note that they may be refused entry for various reasons if they appear to be unwell or have a habit of barking excessively (check the official homepage for more details.)
Cautions when Visiting
The cafe is a must-visit spot for pug lovers, but anyone can enjoy spending time with the dogs. Be sure to visit if you're in Kyoto!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.