How it works
Obviously, the first thing you do at a Japanese cat cafe is trade in your dirty outdoors shoes for slippers that hundreds of other cat lovers have worn. Then, wash your hands and fork over some yen. A cat cafe visit may be the only thing in Tokyo cheaper than DC. Take Cat Café Asakusa Nekoen, for example, where an hour costs only 800 yen (about $6).
Next up? Awkward linguistic hurdles. Since the rules are typically written in Japanese only, cat cafe employees are forced into a game of charades where they pantomime what you can and cannot do to a cat. Once you’ve won the game, order a green tea or ginger ale and stake out a spot on low-lying furniture close to cats that strike your fancy.