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Peek inside Tokyo's latest animal café (hint: it's full of hedgehogs)

There's a new option in town for Tokyo residents wanting to spend time with an animal. Enter, Harry, where customers who want to play with a hedgehog have more than 20 different breeds to choose from.

The new café, which doesn't serve any food or drinks, is named Harry

Tokyo's newest animal-themed cafe, named Harry, in the trendy Roppongi neighbourhood has customers lining up to get inside to play with hedgehogs.

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An hour with a hedgehog costs as much as a couple of lattes.

For the equivalent of about $12 on weekdays and $16 on holidays, Harry patrons can choose from between 20 and 30 different breeds of hedgehogs.

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The menu can be a little confusing.

The café's system is like a rental where one pays for time with the hedgehog of his or her choice. The hedgehogs are not to be eaten.

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The animals wait in glass tanks between visits.

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Harry is a play on the Japanese word for hedgehog.

Harinezumi is Japanese for hedgehog. 

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Harry opened in February.

A woman working at the café interviewed by Reuters, who also happens to work in a rabbit café in the same building, said that the shop has been popular since it opened earlier this year.

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The spines are worth the risk.

Anna Cheung, left, and Yuna Cheung, 11-year-old visitors from the U.K., say the hedgehogs are friendly even though some of them might spike you.

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Hedgehogs aren't native to Japan.

In a country where dog and cat ownership can be quite expensive and where space is at a premium, hedgehogs have become popular pets.

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