Japan is known globally for cherry blossoms, sumo wrestling, concepting new technology before anyone else and plenty of interactive animal cafes. But have you ever heard of a micro pig café? Mipig is a brand that specialises in the creation of unique micro pig cafes across Japan.
First launched in Meguro in 2019, it was concepted as a place for micro pigs to call home. The brand now has seven outlets, after four years, each boasting a different theme. These unique cafes are situated in places such as Fukuoka, Kyoto and two cafes in Tokyo.
Credit: MiPigEach café features a range of excited micro pigs, from babies to adults, who roam freely and want to jump into your lap. The interiors have outdoor terraces, private rooms like straw houses, wood houses and brick houses, and plenty of space for guests to sit.
Animal lovers can enjoy a hot beverage, eat snacks like themed donuts or even read a book in a therapeutic space as piglets play around you. A 30 minute session will cost an adult 1,100 yen ($13 ). While those who want to stay for an hour must pay 2,860 yen ($34). Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
These micro pig cafes have attracted thousands of visitors from across the globe in the past four years. Certainly, Tokyo is quite far as it takes an 11 hour flight from New Zealand. Nevertheless, it’s a therapeutic experience for your bucket list. Learn more via the MiPig website.