Cat Cafe in Kyoto: 犬猫人 (wan nyan chu)

Cat cafes are popular in Japan, where paying a fee will buy you time to hang out in a room full of felines. The concept caught on in Japan as most of the city dwellers live in small tiny apartments where pets are forbidden. As the word ‘cafe’ implies, other than buying a chance to feed into one’s need for furry companionship, drinks are served as well.

In Kyoto, I had the luxury of time to catch a visit to one such cafe which is located conveniently in the shopping district at Shijokawaramachi (四条河原町). To be honest, I’ve actually passed by this shop at least once in my earlier trips, however I thought this was a pet shop.

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Cat Cafe 犬猫人 (wan nyan chu) in Kyoto

The experience was very interesting and I think I can probably understand why the niche for cat cafe businesses. In fact, similar cafes have sprouted out in other parts of the world. An interesting point to note however, is that the first cat cafe actually opened not in Japan, but in Taiwan.

The feline staffs of the cafe

The feline staffs of the cafe

The cats are considered as ‘staffs’ of the cafes where their job scope will include playing and cuddling with the patrons.

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It's a cat's life.. dream away

It’s a cat’s life.. dream away

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Drink alongside the felines: after all this is a cat cafe where the cats are kings and queens

Drink alongside the felines: after all this is a cat cafe where the cats are kings and queens

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The atmosphere in cat cafes is very relaxed and laid back. Lockers are provided to store the belongings and bedroom slippers are provided. I felt so comfortable that the cafe felt like a giant living room.

Yes. I'm a cat and I like to laze this way.

Yes. I’m a cat and I like to laze this way.

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Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them. ~ Jim Davis 

Yeah.. yeah...ermmmm

Yeah.. yeah…ermmmm

Siesta never ends... Zzzz

Siesta never ends… Zzzz

Cat Cafe Information

Cafe 犬猫人 (wan nyan chu)

〒604-8041
京都市中京区蛸薬師通り
新京極東入る裏寺町595-3

http://balu.jp/list.html

Prices: 60min — 1,400 yen / 30min — 1,000 yen / 90min — 1,800 yen / 120min — 2,500 yen

How to Get There

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5 responses to “Cat Cafe in Kyoto: 犬猫人 (wan nyan chu)

  1. Oh I love this place, I haven’t been inside this neko cagé though the one I tried in Tokyo was very smelly. I want to try a rabbit one but I haven’t found one in Kyoto.

  2. Pingback: Kyoto’s Car Cafe | Shopping in Osaka and Kyoto·

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