Pig Cafe- 3 Things That Will Surprise You

Mini Pig Cafe

One of the reasons Japan stands out to me as such a fun destination for families is all the cute and quirky destinations you can check out for family fun! You can read this post for my top picks on the 5 wackiest things you can do with your family while in Tokyo. This post is a continuation on that travel topic and is all about the mini pig cafes you can find in Tokyo.

Mini pig cafe you ask? Yes! It sounded like a once in a lifetime experience so of course it ended up on my Tokyo bucket list. 😆

Here are the 3 surprising things we did not expect:

1). It’s NOT a pig pen.

It’s actually a clean inviting place where you take your shoes off at check-in, slide into slippers, and where you are asked to sanitize your hands before and after the experience. I know, I too thought it was a strange request to ask us to sanitize ourselves before handling pigs haha. Once you sit down in what looks more like a playroom instead of a pig pen, they will give you a soft blanket for your lap. This helps protect your clothes and also invites the pigs to sit with you.

2). Pigs will want to snuggle with you!

I found this the most surprising part of the experience. I assumed pigs would have no interest in human companionship and that I’d spend most of my time there wistfully trying to catch and pet one. But the moment I sat down, I had a few curious pigs sniff me, walk around to all of us and pick one of us to lay with. OMG pigs are so friendly and affectionate!! They LOVE attention! You’ll never have felt so wanted in your life!

Surprisingly, there was no warning up period. (Unlike bunnies, they immediately trusted us strangers). Some even fought to be on our laps. At one time, I had up to 5 little pigs on me and felt as thought I was HOGging them all. In fact, we all had multiple piggies all want to be our best friend. This resulted in tons of giggles from my 10-year old and some cramped legs for my husband who for some reason only had the larger black pigs interested in him.

3). Pigs are smart and make great pets!

The friendly staff answered all my questions about their micro pigs and I learned so much! Who knew for instance, pigs can live 10-15 years? AND they’re stunningly smarter than cats and dogs and have done better at cognitive tests than the average 3 year old human child. They’re also all potty trained just like our bunny is. They go in litter trays. This all left me wondering why pigs get such a bad rap. They’re not filthy animals that are only good for ham, pork, sausage and bacon after all! 😆

This unforgettable experience was so much fun and had me obsessed with finding out more about pig ownership. I now know why celebrities like Megan Fox, Paris Hilton, George Clooney and David Beckham owned pigs as pets! BTW, this cafe allows for adoptions in case you fall in love and just have to take one home!! Be careful, cuz these cuddly cuties will totally steal your heart. They may even have you rethinking your willingness to eat pork, bacon, sausage and ham. My daughter has already given all of it up after this visit… Let’s see how long this lasts.

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TIPS

*RSVP! Time slots fill up quickly and while walk-ins are welcome you don’t want to be disappointed at the door only to find that private, more pricier options are the only spaces left. Many have been turned away because of filled up spots and lack of space.

*Be on time because every minute you miss is simply lost. The Harajuku location is on a tiny side street right off the one with the Snoopy cafe and can be a bit hard to find. So make sure to allot extra time plus MPig asks you arrive 10 minutes before to review the rules, and get set up with their locker and slippers anyways.

*Private sessions are available where you get 1 pig per person (provided at random..you don’t get to choose). Mpig has been criticized for this since in the main room you could easily have 5 pigs on you at any one time. However, in your semi-enclosed private space, you’ll get to learn how to pick up the pigs. (That’s not allowed in the main area).

For more info and to make your reservations click here.

For 5 more must-see, wild and wacky things to do in Tokyo, click here!

 

ALL the Disney Tips You Need for 2023

When was the last time YOU went to Disney? Disneyland and Disney World have gone through major technological upgrades and if you haven’t been recently, there’s a lot to learn! Also there is so much planning and research involved in optimizing your experience that people are hiring Disney consultants, joining private Facebook groups and spending hours on forums and chat groups to figure out how to best make their Disney dreams come true. It’s understandable because it’s a costly investment for most families, and you hear of worn out families who vow to never do it again haha but don’t fret! I’ve done the research and with over 25 Disney trips under my belt, have compiled all the best tips, tricks, and links to help ensure you’ll have a magical time!

TICKET tips

1).Take a screenshot of your entrance pass before arrival ‘cuz wifi in the park is spotty.

2).Don’t forget to reserve which park you want each day after buying the ticket else you might realize the day of that it’s all booked up! (This is a new post-COVID step that’s required to ensure Disney can limit appropriately the amount of people in each park)!

3). Buy Genie + !

(Disney Genie is a NEW complimentary trip-planning service, Disney Genie+ is a paid service that lets you use a Lightning Lane (this is the updated fast pass which you might be more familiar with) entrance to bypass the standby line on select attractions, and individual attraction selections allow you to pay to skip the line on up to two high-demand attractions per day). Genie+ isn’t worth buying if you are just going to book rides that normally don’t have very long standby queues to begin with. For instance, booking Mad Tea Party or Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor would be a waste since those attractions rarely have wait times of more than 20-30 minutes tops.

Rest assured that all of these services are integrated with Disney’s existing Disneyland and My Disney Experience apps. And don’t forget to keep hitting refresh! Disney-die-hards know the app releases spots at 7am and 7:10 AM (and that’s who you’re competing with)! 😅 Finally, the most important thing to know about Genie+ is that if you can’t get it to work, or if it doesn’t give any options till late evening, visit Guest Services to see if they can get you an earlier return time or your money back

💡 Absolutely download the “my Disney Experience app” which gets you into virtual queue, allows you to pre order food, and scan your tickets.

DISNEY DREAM

💡 To ensure your Disney dream doesn’t turn out to be a nightmare, make sure to have the right mentality and expectations. Ie don’t be like my foolish husband who tries to do it all and see it all, then nearly kills us by forcing us to try and keep up with his crazy ambitions. It’s easy to burn out at Disney. It’s expansive and you will most definitely be over-stimulated. Plus you’re on your feet most of the day with average reports ranging from 7-15 miles walked per day at WDW for instance (depending on how much backtracking you do and what order you tour the amusement park). It is helpful to poll and know what priorities people in your group have regarding Disney’s rides, sights, restaurants and attractions. Understanding you can’t see and do the entire park in one day will force you to prioritize what you need to see/do that day.

💡 Also remember, Disney days are somewhat of an arduous adventure …don’t expect to be in vaca mode. It may even feel like there is NO rest or relaxation on this so called vacation day at Disney. Expect being on-the-go and being on your feet all day while discovering all sorts of new excitement and entertainment! Practice patience and don’t stress about doing everything. Enjoy all the little moments and minimize your time waiting around with all the below tips!

💡 Know best times to go (it’s NOT during breaks and summer when everyone else has off from school). 😅We prefer to go right after a Thanksgiving break before Christmas break which is their low season. Check this Disney traffic calendar to see what your exact dates are predicted to be like here. Also know generally, parks are packed by 10am.

💡 Stay on site for half off! Use David’s vacation rentals and rent other people’s Disney timeshare points for a fraction of the value Here. We have not yet tried this but have read other people’s reviews and recommendations and think this is a creative money saving tip!

💡 Pass the time while waiting in lines with the Heads up app, 20 questions, I spy game or the Disney app (which has themed games for certain rides). And make sure to bring along your child’s favorite silent activities that they can use to keep them occupied in line or at the restaurants. (Water Wow, bubble makers, pen and paper, tattoo pens, Mad Libs for example).

EATS

💡 Pack at least one meal and lots of snacks to eat while waiting in line to save time and money. Simple treats like lollipops, gum and fruity gummies will help keep them satiated and quiet too! Lastly, bring your own water bottle (non-glass cuz that’s restricted) and get free (water) refills from restaurants too.

💡 Character meal reservations are sometimes booked 120 days in advance for busy seasons so if there is a favorite one on your bucketlist, make that reservation as soon as you’ve bought your tickets and don’t wait!

And as stated above, once you’ve downloaded the app, mobile order foods early (while in line for a ride) to avoid crowds and wasting time waiting yet again.

MISC TIPS

💡 Need a stroller to ensure your child can keep up for the miles and hours you’re planning to walk but don’t want to travel with yours the entire trip? Kingdom Strollers will deliver a stroller to your hotel or Airbnb! You simply place your order and then meet them at your hotel at one of their 5 daily meetup times. If that is not convenient enough, you can grab the stroller directly at their onsite locate in the Orlando Airport

💡 Check for weather updates to time indoor activities accordingly

What else would you add? Please share your additional tips in the comments below. I’d love to read them!

 

 

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