Japan is a great holiday destination, rich in culture, history and has amazing scenery. If like me, you’re a huge cat lover, you should definitely head over to Nyan Nyan Ji in Kyoto. When translated into English, Nyan Nyan Ji literally means Meow Meow Shrine. There you will find the cutest monks on the planet and they’re all cats!
If you’re one of the lucky ones and manage to visit the Nyan Nyan Shrine, you’ll be greeted by the current cat monk named Koyuki. But he’s not the only cat you’ll come across, there are plenty of cat assistants there too.
There are currently seven cats working in the temple: Koyuki (f), Waka (m), Chin (m), Aruji (m), Ren (f), Konatsu (f), and Chicchi (f).
And if you get peckish you can pay a visit to the temple cafe and order some well presented, cat-themed food and drink.
“Visitors who come to worship, play with cats and enjoy cafes and cat art,” explained Koyuki’s human.
The shrine is rammed with loads of cat statues, cat drawings and cat crafts, if you see something takes your fancy, you can probably purchase it as a souvenir in the gift shop.
If you are thinking of planning a trip to Japan in the near future, the Meow Meow Shrine is at this address: 520 Yasekonoecho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 601-1253, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Oooh, and send me a postcard!