COOL PLACES FOR ANIMAL LOVERS IN JAPAN

  1. Takasakiyama aka Monkey Mountain (Beppu)
    There are plenty of monkey hotspots in Japan. This monkey mountain in Oita prefecture lets you get close enough to kick them, though I don't recommend doing that.
  2. Cat Cafes
    Cat cafes are all over Japan so addicts can pretty much get a fur fix anywhere.
  3. Ainoshima aka Cat Island (Fukuoka)
    If a cafe isn't enough for you, find one of Japan's many Cat Islands.
  4. Okunoshima aka Bunny Island (Hiroshima)
    You can make friends on Okunoshima, but bribery is a must. Bring plenty of veggies.
  5. Owl Cafe (Fukuoka)
    If cats aren't your thing or getting your eyes pecked out is. [Kidding. No one's lost an eye. That I know of.]
  6. Nara Park (Nara)
    This park has hundreds of free deer. You can buy food for them, but watch out. They are basically the before divas from a Snickers commercial.
  7. Art Aquarium (Tokyo + traveling)
    This art show is made entirely of live fish because why not? I especially recommend the Night Aquarium which amps things up with alcohol and a DJ.
  8. The Street
    On any given day in Japan, I know that I could find myself walking past a baby carriage of cats or a dog with sunglasses. It's best not to ask questions.
  9. Whale Watching (Zamami Island, Okinawa)
    Just like my pickup lines, the crew on Zamami has a 95% success rate for hooking up with humpbacks.