This Japanese Temple has Cat Monks and Lets You Worship Them

Are you a crazy cat lady (or gentleman) who absolutely adores and worships cats? Now you can release all that undying affection at a Japanese temple without getting judged. Nyan Nyan Ji, which literally translates to Meow Meow Temple, is a famous cat shrine in Kyoto that allows you to worship the adorable feline. 

 

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Heading the pack is head monk and most popular cat, Koyuki, who will greet you at the entrance of the shrine. 

 

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Don’t be fooled by her hostile look — according to her owner, she loves interacting with her ‘worshippers’! 

 

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The temple is filled with cat-related memorabilia and drawing — you may even bring a piece of the place back with you by buying souvenirs from their gift shop, Littlefootmark Ren. 

 

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They also have a cat-themed menu: think fishcakes in the shape of cats and cookies with paw designs!

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Besides Koyuki, Nyan Nyan Ji also has other cat ‘assistants’ that are equally adorable!

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They hold cat festivals occasionally, so stalk their social media regularly!

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Admission to Nyan Nyan Ji is free. 

NYAN NYAN JI

Location: 520 Yasekonoecho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 601-1253, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.

Opening hours: 11am-6pm 

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