It is no secret that spending time with animals can reduce stress. Many studies have shown that owning a pet can actually reduce blood pressure. If you are travelling and your days are packed with sight seeing and organizing transportation, you may want to schedule a trip to a pet cafe during your trip.
When my family and I traveled to Japan, we stopped at a wonderful Bunny Cafe in Akihabara. It was tucked away on a side street and was not super busy. Many of the animal cafes we saw in Shibuya and Harajuku had long lines but this one did not. We got there right when it opened and had no wait.
Most of the visitors to the Bunny Cafe were young families. But there was a man in a business suit who came to pet the bunnies and take a break from his busy day. It is not uncommon for adults to visit an animal cafe over their lunch hour.
When we entered, we were given a waiver to sign and an apron to wear. The space was small but was divided with small gates. We were able spend time in a couple of the pens with the bunnies. And we purchased little cups of food to feed them. The rabbits were so sweet and affectionate. My kids really enjoyed playing with them.
I was stressed about leaving Japan because my daughter was studying there for six months. We visited in December and she still had a couple of months left of her study abroad experience. Our trip to the Bunny Cafe came at just the right time in our trip and was the perfect way to relieve stress before our family was separated for a few months.