Best Destinations for Cat Lovers: Tashirojima Island, Japan
Have you ever dreamt of a place where cats outnumber humans? Time to take a trip to Tashirojima Island where the feline to human ratio is six to one. Cats bring luck in Japanese culture, which explains why the locals have continued feeding and caring for the feral kitties. Luckily, the furry residents welcome tourists with open claws and will gladly pose in a selfie. Pay homage to a kitty that met an unfortunate fate at the island’s cat shrine, then check out the cat-themed architecture on the island’s south side. Sail back to the mainland and feast on the famous feline approved Oyster Dishes of Miyagi Prefecture before settling in for the night at the Sendai Royal Park Hotel.
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Best Destinations for Cat Lovers: Key West, USA
As Ernest Hemingway once said, “One cat just leads to another.” This couldn’t be more true for the author, whose house in the Keys was home to over 50 cats. A popular tourist attraction, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum still has descendants of his original six-toed cat Snow White roaming the grounds for visitors to admire. When you’ve had your fill of feline entertainment, head over to the Old Town Manor where you can sprawl out on the terrace for a cat-inspired sun bath.
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Best Destinations for Cat Lovers: Ypres, Belgium
One of the longest-running celebrations of cats, Kattenstoet (Cat Festival) is held every three years and draws in hundreds of tourists. Dress up as your favourite kitty companion and watch as toy cats are hurled from the Belfry Tower in Cloth Hall into the Town Qquare, representing an old Ypres tradition. Want a dose of history while in town? Stay at the B&B Ter Vesten, a former weaving mill, and enjoy the beautiful gardens and homemade jams.