Hedgehog Cafes Are Now a Thing in Japan
They're so cute!
Solution Bldg. 3/F 2-9-6, Hakata Station East, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The idea of a hedgehog cafe might not sound as cute as a dog cafe or a cat cafe, especially since the animals themselves are quite prickly in nature, but one look at their lovely round eyes, and you’re just a puddle of goo. It’s no wonder that hedgehog cafés are becoming quite popular across Japan.
In Hakata, Fukuoka, you’ll find sumoa, the first hedgehog café and home to 22 hedgehogs, each with a different look and personality.
Kira’s round eyes are lovely.
Once you check in at the reception, you’ll be escorted to your seat. The staff will then bring one to two hedgehogs in a wooden box to the table. For ¥1,500, you get one free drink and an hour’s bliss surrounded by cute hedgehogs. Pay ¥1,800 and you get hedgehog food as well.
Just like any animal cafe, however, there are rules when it comes to handling the animals. Beware that if you suddenly touch the hedgehog, they will sting you with their spine. Make sure to gently hold them on their stomach when you pick them up.
You can also try feeding them. Small insects and corn are their favorite.
Photos are allowed as long as they’re taken without flash. Take pictures with cute accessories on the background.
The tiny house and floaties make for fun accessories.
If an hour is not enough time for you to spend with these fur babies, you can pay ¥700 for every half hour you want to extend.
You may use the gloves to touch and hold them.
Once you’re used to it, you may also hold them with bare hands!
Sora is taking a nap on a hand.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (3 September 2018)