The Japanese Inn Where You Rent A Cat

Japan has a long history of being of cat admirers – there’s the centuries old maneki-neko, the ubiquitous beckoning cat who’s said to usher in good luck and fortune.

And not forgetting kawaii-favourite Hello Kitty, who was actually developed in the UK by Japanese company Sanrio but who took Japan by storm and even has her own theme park.

Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo

Japan’s love of cats but lack of living space at home recently spawned the concept of the Cat Café, where you could order coffee with a cat on the side.

Cat Cafe Mocha, Harajuku, Toyko

Your personal pet for the duration of your visit.

Now a traditional Japanese ryokan, or inn, has taken the concept one step further. Guests can choose a feline companion to stay in their rooms throughout their visit.

Located in Yugawara, an ancient hot spring town, My Cat Inn encourages guests to visit their cat corale on arrival to find a cat to bond with them.

The majority of the cats are adorable kittens and provide residents with hours of entertainment. The only question left unanswered is ‘does the room come with a litter tray and who has to clean it’.