Our C.O. Cat Café World Tour continues with our last two stops in Kyoto, Japan. (This is Part III, and next week will be Part IV.) The tireless Dorobozaru O. reports, “Next up we have Wan Nyan Chu! “Wan” is the sound a dog makes in Japanese, “nyan” is a cat’s sound and “chu” is the sound of a kiss. Although the name is slightly deceptive since I haven’t found any puppies in this cat café. (The name written in Japanese is also a bit confusing as the kanji 犬猫人 would be pronounced “inu neko hito” or “dog cat person,” but it’s an adorable name, so we don’t mind.) Wan Nyan Chu is the first cat café I ever visited in Japan. It’s located near Kawaramachi street in downtown Kyoto.”
“It’s impossible to miss once you’re in the area as there is almost always a few people crowded around the window, jealously wishing they were inside with the kitties. This café is 1400yen/hour and that includes one drink. It’s rather small, but very cozy. They have a wide variety of different fancy kitties that you can pet and play with.”
“Everyone here is easy going and are happy to be loved on or played with. My secret is to visit on weekdays before 5 and peek in the window to see how many customers are already inside. It’s less fun when it’s busy and the small space gets crowded easily.”
“Wan Nyan Chu recently opened a second location, Wan Nyan Chu 2, although they share a website. The systems in the two cafés are a little different. If you know enough Japanese to get through the forms on the website, they do offer reservations if you want to visit in the busier hours.”
“Perhaps the most exciting thing I’ve learned about this cat café, is that they have a kitten room on the second floor. That’s right, you can pay 1200Y/30 minutes to be in the kitten room. I plan to do this soon as I suspect the return to work will require some kitten therapy.”
If You Go™:
*Addy: (Google Map.)
*Hours: Looks like 11am ’til 8:30 or 9pm.
*Call: +81 75-241-9939.
Inset photo from Google Maps.