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The Asakusa Rabbit Cafe “Usanpo” has been completely renovated and now features a Bonsai garden and cage-free enclosures

The Asakusa Rabbit Cafe “Usanpo” has been completely renovated and now features a Bonsai garden and cage-free enclosures

“Hoto” the Dwarf Hotot

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Rabbit cafe “With Bunny Asakusa” is near Asakusa Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku Tel: 03-5827-8229) and will be completely renovated in late July.

Staff member Tomoyuki Kawaoka’s Mini Rex, “Thunder.”

Opened in July 2013 as a “Theme park where one can play with bunnies,” this shop has been completely renovated to celebrate its fourth year in business. Inside, on can encounter 26 rabbits of 8 different types, and it is said that visitors have come from over 50 different countries. Tomoyuki Kawaoka, president of the managing company Lyceum Japan (1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku), states that, “I’d like to help people understand more about the charms of rabbits, and to become closer to them.”

As part of the renewal, a “Bonsai museum” has been created where one can walk with the bunnies while experiencing a taste of Japanese culture, and a relaxation room has been prepared in which one can enjoy projected images from around the world.

One of the company’s goals is to create “a world without cages,” so they have developed a cage-free dwelling using a hard-coat acrylic material to make the “Hutch Museum” in which 26 rabbits live. The dwelling offers visitors the opportunity to hold rabbits while enjoying superb views of the world.

Mr. Kawaoka feels that there are “special words to use that indicate hospitality. I’d like to continue to place importance on two-way communication with visitors.”

The main menu items include the Happy 100% Plan (1,800 yen), the Happy 200% Plan (includes hug and souvenir photo for 3,800 yen), and the Happy 300& Plan (includes private room and souvenir photo for 7,800 yen). There are no time limits, and plans include drinks and snacks.

Business hours: From 12 p.m.to 7 p.m.

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