By Jasmine Kazlauskas
Feline lovers across the globe have revealed in the surge of trendy ‘Cat Cafes’ that have popped up in recent years – but what if you’re just more of a dog person?
A quaint village in Japan has abandoned the run-of-the-mill Cat Café theme with its creation of the world’s first ever CORGI CAFÉ that is dedicated to the regal breed and is truly fit for a queen.
Delighted tourists Vicki Ko, 21, and her boyfriend Justin Lim, 28, from Auckland, New Zealand, made a special trip to the adorable establishment while holidaying in Japan earlier this month [JUNE 6].
Overlooking the sea, the unique ‘Dog Hill Corgi Café’, which opened in 2010, is based in the rural town of Higashisonogi, a one-hour drive from Nagasaki City, and is home to over twenty playful Welsh corgis.
Customer service agent Vicki said that she and her plasterer boyfriend Justin are both crazed corgi fanatics and had been planning the visit for months after discovering the café online.
Vicki said she was ‘on cloud nine’ after being greeted by a herd of ‘adorable and friendly’ corgis – and spent two hours playing, cuddling and feeding the pooches.
While Japan is renowned for being home to some quirky animal establishments – including hedgehog, owl, and raccoon cafes – the Dog Hill Corgi Café, which is strictly corgis only, is thought to be the first of it’s kind both in Japan and the rest of the world.
After indulging in a delicious meal, patrons can sip on their coffee while being surrounded by over twenty affectionate fluffball corgis – who love nothing more than a good belly scratch.
Vicki said: “I’d read about the corgi café before we left for Japan, and it was at the very top of my itinerary the entire time.
“Corgis are my absolute favorite breed of dogs and anyone who knows me will confirm that I’m obsessed with them.
“It’s always my dream of owning a corgi because I just love them so much. This was like a dream come true.
“I was so excited. It took us two-and-a-half hours to get there by train from Fukuoka, but it was so worth it.
“As we approached the café, we saw a cute corgi welcome sign and I spotted a corgi having a nap by the front steps.
“When we walked we were greeted by over twenty corgis. There were young and old ones.
“I just sat on the floor and let them all come to me and tried to pat them all at once.
“It was heaven. I never wanted to leave.
“The inside of the café is small, but it has a really cozy and homey feel.
“Compared to other animal cafes, this one was my favourite.
“Not only because of the corgis, but because it doesn’t feel like a business but it’s just a big corgi home.
“They don’t charge any entry fees or make you pay for compulsory drinks.
“There is a deck where you can sit and eat on with an amazing view of the sea.
“You can see how much the owners adore their corgis. There are photos and drawings of them all over the café.
“It was an unforgettable experience.
“Corgis are quite rare in New Zealand, so I was so happy to see so many of them and spend so much time with them.
“I’d happily go back any day and would recommend it to any corgi lovers out there who are visiting Japan.”