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There’s a Cat Shrine with a Cat Monk in Japan…So Maybe You Should Go Ahead and Book Your Ticket

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Are you a cat lover? If so, you know that our fuzzy feline friends have a lot of personality and they like to play by their own rules. Well, in Japan, there’s a shrine where the cats are in charge and us mere humans are just there to admire them…and pet them, if they are so inclined.

I have a feeling that if more people knew about a place, called Nyan Nyan Ji, they’d go there in a heartbeat. Nyan Nyan Ji actually translates to “Meow Meow Shrine,” so you already know the place is amazing. It’s a shrine in Northern Kyoto with a cat monk and cat assistants…and no I’m not messing with you.

Cats are meant to be worshipped, so this makes total sense. The shrine was opened by Toru Kaya, a shrine and temple painter. The head cat monk is named Koyuki, and by all accounts, he loves to mingle with visitors. There are other cat priests and cat assistants, as well.

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Koyuki priest works today at Nyannyanji Temple. 小雪さん、本日お勤め中です。 #ねこ #猫 #白猫 #しろねこ #小雪ちゃん #猫住職 #猫猫寺 #京都 #ねことの暮らし #ねこ部 #白猫部 #しろねこ部 #cat #whitecat #koyuki #catpriest #nyannyanji #kyoto #フェリシモ猫部 #nyancon01 #wewantcats #catstagram_japan #topcatphoto

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There’s a cat cafe on the grounds where visitors can even enjoy cat-themed food. And, of course, there is also a gift shop where guests can purchase cat-related items. I’d call this a very spiritual destination, wouldn’t you?

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京都のイヌ・ネコ手作り雑貨のお店、猫猫寺さんでポストカード、ブローチ、CDボックスセットをお取り扱いいただきました。 可愛らしい、ユニークな雑貨、作品にかこまれて私のグッズも楽しそうです。 ( ^ω^ ) 猫猫寺さんには、猫の住職さんがおられるみたいですよ。

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?Today Koyuki priest is working at Nyannyanji Temple. 本日、猫猫寺でお勤め中です。 猫猫寺祭りも開催中❗皆さん遊びに来ておくれやす。 #ねこ #猫 #しろねこ #白猫 #小雪ちゃん #猫住職 #猫猫寺 #京都 #猫猫寺祭り #ねこ部 #しろねこ部 #白猫部 #cat #whitecat #koyuki #catpriest #nyannyanji #kyoto #nyannyanjifestival #フェリシモ猫部 #nyancon01 #旅猫 #journeycat #catstagram_japan #wewantcats #topcatphoto

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Here are some of the reviews, in case you need a little convincing:

“Super adorable with a relaxing and fantastic atmosphere.”

“A cute cat is a chief priest. I’m healed.”

Be sure to follow Koyuki on Instagram and follow the shrine on Facebook.

Am I dreaming? This sounds like paradise!