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Kichijōji Petit Mura: The Fairy-Tale Like Village in Tokyo

If you like the world painted in a picture book, you will love everything about Kichijōji Petit Mura (吉祥寺プティット村) in Kichijōji! Visiting Kichijōji Petit Mura is like walking into a magical world! It is a mini fairytale-like village with a cat theme. The village has several facilities, including a themed restaurant, a cat cafe, and boutique shops. Not only is the fountain on the wall cat shaped, but cat paw marks can also be found on the ground!

Of course, there are all kinds of cat-themed items in the stores in the village. What is special about the shops in Kichijōji Petit Mura is that they are all tiny and cute, making you feel as if the place is built for cats. So bend down and watch your head when going through the small door!

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Cat Cafe Temari no Oshiro (Cat cafe てまりのおしろ)

Your first stop in Kichijōji Petit Mura is probably the Cat Cafe Temari no Oshiro if you are a cat lover. The cafe that is home to around 20 fluffy and friendly cats is too hard to resist not visiting!

After leaving your shoes at the entrance, head to the register under the plaque with the words ‘Enter the Castle’ (Nyūjō, 入城) written for admission.

You will be given a “castle entry form” to leave on the table of your choice. The cafe has two stories. After choosing your table, you are free to interact with all the cats in Temari no Oshiro!

The architectural concept of the cafe is a strange castle built by wayward cats. Hence, there are many small entrances to cat-sized toilet doors, fish bone-shaped lighting, and even the footprints of little cat paws in the building. Even the portraits on the walls are cats! Observe carefully for the small details as every corner of Cat Cafe Temari no Oshiro is interesting to explore!

The cats in Temari no Oshiro have different characters and personalities. Some are lively and would react to toys, but others are lazy and don’t care as much.

Besides the normal table sets, Temari no Oshiro also has domes. Through the paw-shaped windows, you can peek into the dome to search for the cats that like to play hide and seek! While picking up cats in the cafe isn’t allowed, you might be lucky if one of them jumps onto your lap or shoulder for your attention!

Tips:
☛ While there is no guarantee that the feeding time won’t change, visit Temari no Oshiro at 10 am to watch the cats being fed. It’s the best time for photos!
☛ The cafe also has sockets for phone and laptop charging, allowing you to remote work at Temari no Oshiro!

On the way out, remember to pay for your bill. Pet hair removers are also available at the register.

The Menu at Cat Cafe Temari no Oshiro

Unlike other cat cafes, cats aren’t the only selling point at Cat Cafe Temari no Oshiro. Their menu is also superb! Besides tea and coffee, the cafe also has an alcoholic drink menu. Desserts and snacks can also be ordered if you need a little energy boost.

Of course, what is for humans isn’t for cats. So remember to use the food cover to protect your unfinished food and drinks when you leave your table. Otherwise, the cats might get to it and start consuming your food they shouldn’t be eating!

Refer to HERE for Cat Cafe Temari no Oshiro’s menu!

Things to Note at Cat Cafe Temari no Oshiro

  • Please don’t try to hug the cats or give them food.
  • Please only use the cat toys placed in the cafe. If you have a brand new toy, please show it to the staff first.
  • Please don’t turn on the flashlight.

Cat Cafe Temari no Oshiro’s Business Hours and Admission Fee

  • Cafe Cafe Temari no Oshiro is open from:
    • 11 am to 8 pm on weekdays
    • 10 am to 8 pm on weekends and public holidays
  • The admission fee for adults is:
    • Weekdays:
      • 1,540 yen during the daytime
      • 1,100 yen for nighttime
    • Weekends and public holidays:
      • 1,980 yen during the daytime
      • 1,320 yen for nighttime
    • The admission fee for children is:
      • Weekdays:
        • 1,100 yen during the daytime
        • 700 yen for nighttime
      • Weekends and public holidays:
        • 1,430 yen during the daytime
        • 990 yen for nighttime

The admission fee above allows you to stay in the cafe the entire day.

Tea House Happa (TEA HOUSE はっぱ)

Visit Tea House Happa for a break from the cat’s madness. The tea house that looks like an elf hut in the forest is a great place for morning or afternoon tea. Not only are the teapots on the table, but they are also floating mid-air! The dried flowers and the green plants in the cafe also contribute to the cafe’s fanciful vibe. The tight spiral stairs in the sitting area also perfectly fit into the tree-house-like tea house!

The cafe’s signature sweet dish is the French Toast. The crispy outer layer of the cat-shaped toast is grilled to golden with a slightly burnt aroma. Drizzled with syrup and fresh cream, the sweetness is just right. The sourness of the berries on the side perfects the dish. If you can eat eggs, remember to order it!

There are 18 types of carefully selected tea leaves range for you to choose from. Whether you prefer something unique or ordinary, the cafe can surely fulfil your cravings. But note that there is no vegetarian light meal menu.

Tea House Happa has a capacity of 50 people. The two-story building is divided into several areas, accommodating various types of customers. When the weather is nice, the outdoor seats buried in vegetation are popular. The water sound from the small stream also makes the dining experience more relaxing. During the colder months, a blanket is placed on the chairs, keeping the guests who love to sit outdoors warm!

On the other hand, if you visit Kichijōji Petit Mura with young children, the family dining area is perfect!

Tip: If you can, sit on the window seats on the second floor. It is where you can overlook the cute village.

Tokotoko Zakka-ten (とことこ雑貨店) and Tokotoko Jewelry Shop (とことこ宝石店)

After having a great time with the cats, how about heading to the boutique store on the third floor filled with cat-inspired goods? The entrance of the boutique shop, Tokotoko Zakka-ten, is different from the cat cafe. Crossing the little stream in front of the cafe and climbing up the outdoor stairs; you will find yourself in a white-colored space. The shop was designed with the concept of a princess room, which is why the interior is so elegant!

All the merchandize had been designed by modeling the cats you had just met. We are sure that you will want to bring a couple of the items in the shop home!

Tokotoko Jewelry Shop is located on the second floor of the building opposite of Tea House Happa. The accessory store is like a cave deep in the forest. Checking out the accessories there is like a mini treasure hunt!

The miscellaneous goods designed by Miruku are modeled after her cat friends, and all of them have lovely sparkling fairy-tale touches.

Kichijōji Petit Mura’s Opening Hours and Access Information

  • Tea House Happa is open from 11:30 am to 7 pm.
  • Kichijōji Petit Mura is open from 10 am to 9 pm.
  • It is a 5-minute walk from Kichijoji Station (吉祥寺駅).
    • Remember to exit the station via the North Exit!

Discover the Attractions in Kichijōji

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Click the photo for the attractions to visit in Kichijōji!

In addition to Kichijōji Petit Mura, Kichijōj that was rated “The Most Desirable Area to Live” in is great for almost everything. It is also where the famous Ghibli Museum is located!

So, for more ideas of what to do in the area, refer to our Kichijōji article!

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