“Reptile cafe” opens in Yokohama

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 木曜日, 8月 18, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

A “reptile cafe,” offering customers the rare experience of observing exotic creatures while sipping Chinese tea, opened in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, in July, the latest addition to a rising number of Japanese cafes featuring animals, typically cats and rabbits.

At the “Reptile Cafe/Yokohama Subtropical Teahouse (爬虫類カフェ 横浜亜熱帯茶館) ” located in the port city’s Naka Ward, customers are able to observe around a dozen different species, totaling 40 in number. Kept in tanks and cages, they include a 1-meter-long lizard and a 1.7-meter-long snake.

“Unexpectedly, we have many female customers,” said Mutsumi Nagano, the 42-year-old manager of the cafe.

The customers are also able to pet land turtles, who the manager says are friendly, in a partitioned-off area, but customers are required to wash their hands on entering and leaving the area.

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