The Village of the Owls

In the Harajuku area near the street Takeshita, there is a special shop that allows the visitor to be in direct contact with real owls.
The “Fukurou Café”, literally Café de los Búhos, is an attraction that is gaining much fame among visitors from abroad.
The store is in a building that at first glance is very common but when you go up in the elevator and enter the store you can feel the magical atmosphere that produces being close to these wonderful birds.

Owls are birds nocturnal birds of prey, and unlike owls, have raised feathers that look like ears. His anatomy has fascinated mankind since the beginning of time.
They hear ten times more than humans and can turn their heads 270 degrees in both directions. They are fascinating birds and throughout history they have marveled at their presence in myths and legends. They are considered a symbol of light and wisdom.
Upon arriving at the place and registering, the staff in charge will give the visitor a menu to choose a drink and a small dessert before entering to see the Owls.
After the snack, the participants’ hands are disinfected and the rules to be followed are explained:

  • Do not take photos using flash.
  • Before you pet an owl first show them your hand a bit so they don’t get scared.
  • Do not take any owl without the authorization of the staff.
  • Be careful as owls have no entertainment to control their physiological needs.
  • Do not squeeze or hug the owls, just gently pat them.
  • Do not bring small owls close to large owls as it could start a fight.

By understanding and abiding by these rules, the coffee experience is a lot of fun. Owls come from both the interior of the country and from South American or African countries. They are very gentle as long as you show your hand before stroking them.
If you want to have a more intimate contact with the birds, the staff will give you a glove (a little heavy), where the owl of your choice will perch on your arm for a few minutes, the perfect time to take photos or to make a small bond with the little bird.
These owls are very well cared for and fed, therefore there is no need to worry about their body condition. At the end of the experience, their hands are again disinfected and each participant is given a small souvenir of the trip they made to the village of the owls.
These little creatures are both very beautiful and very mysterious, therefore the fact of being able to share closely with one of them opens the mind to a broader knowledge about this type of bird so cute and intelligent.
This type of cafe is not only found in Harajuku, but there are also in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Akihabara with some differences but the concept remains the same.
If you really want to interact with an owl and live these unforgettable and unique experiences, going to one of these cafes is the healthiest and most fun way to fulfill that fantasy.