Where Are the Places with Many Stray Cats in Japan? Introducing Locations with Numerous Stray Cats in the Kanto Region

Where Are the Places with Many Stray Cats in Japan? Introducing Locations with Numerous Stray Cats in the Kanto Region

In recent years, encountering stray cats has become less common.

However, there are still many spots in Japan where stray cats are said to be abundant.

One of the representative places is the islands scattered throughout Japan, known as "Cat Islands."

But besides Cat Islands, there are still other places where you can find stray cats.

This time, we will introduce places known for having many stray cats in general, along with famous spots in the Kanto region where stray cats are commonly seen.

 

Table of Contents

1. Times and Places to Easily Spot Stray Cats
∟ 1-1. Time
∟ 1-2. Features of Places Stray Cats Prefer
∟ 1-3. Parks
∟ 1-4. Schools
∟ 1-5. In Front of Houses Where Cat Lovers Live
2. Spots with Many Stray Cats in the Kanto Region
∟ 2-1. Enoshima Island
∟ 2-2. Sodegaura Park
∟ 2-3. Yanaka Cemetery
∟ 2-4. Ooi Central Seaside Park
∟ 2-5. Saitama Lake and Dome Green Park
∟ 2-6. Zoshigaya Cemetery
∟ 2-7. Todoroki Gorge
3. Points to Note in Areas with Many Stray Cats
∟ 3-1. Do Not Feed Them
∟ 3-2. Do Not Pick Them Up and Take Them Home
∟ 3-3. Observe Proper Etiquette

 

1. Times and Places to Easily Spot Stray Cats

Where and when can you frequently observe stray cats?

If you understand the habits of cats beforehand, the chances of encountering many cats will increase.


 

1-1. Time

While there are areas where stray cats can be seen at any time, there are also places where they are only occasionally spotted.

If you have a favorite stray cat, it might be good to pay attention to the time of day.

Cats spend more than half of the day sleeping, so during the day, they are often found inside buildings or in shaded areas.

Because cats are crepuscular, they are more active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk.

Therefore, you are more likely to encounter stray cats early in the morning or in the evening, especially during the dusk hours when they become more active.

This is why you often see stray cats when returning from work or school.


 

1-2. Features of Places Stray Cats Prefer

Places with many stray cats often have a lot of bushes and shaded areas.

These locations provide a cool and comfortable environment, making them popular habitats for stray cats.

However, it is advisable not to approach a stray cat relaxing in the bushes suddenly. They might get startled and run away.

Stray cats can feel scared and uncomfortable when unfamiliar people suddenly approach their living space. It's better to watch them from a distance.


 

1-3. Parks

Parks are ideal habitats for stray cats with plenty of bushes and shaded areas for them to rest.

Also, the presence of children and people taking regular walks in the park means there are many individuals who might provide food, making it a characteristic feature.

If you see dishes in the park, it is evidence that there are many stray cats present. Someone is taking care of them by putting food in the dishes.

Since many stray cats are present, parks are also places where abandoned cats are often brought back by people.


 

1-4. Schools

Similar to parks, schools may have stray cats due to the presence of resting spots and the presence of children who love cats.

In addition, there are cases where students who find stray cats during their commute to or from school bring them to school, thinking of adopting them collectively.

If you often see stray cats near a school, it might be because they are being taken care of by students.


 

1-5. In Front of Houses Where Cat Lovers Live

In residential areas, there are houses with individuals who love cats.

If you find a house with a cat tower or a bowl for stray cats in front of the entrance, it's likely that the person living there is a cat lover.

Stray cats may gather around such houses because they know they can get food or attention there.

If you're not sure whether the person living there likes cats or not, it's best to observe from a distance rather than approaching the house directly.

By doing so, you can enjoy watching the stray cats without causing any trouble.

2. Spots with Many Stray Cats in the Kanto Region

Now, let's introduce specific locations in the Kanto region where you can frequently encounter stray cats.

If you're a cat lover, these spots are definitely worth a visit.


 

2-1. Enoshima Island

Enoshima Island in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture, is known for its beautiful scenery and as a tourist destination.

It is also famous for having many stray cats.

There are numerous spots on the island where you can find cats, and there are even places that have become popular for cat lovers.

However, it's important to note that feeding cats on Enoshima Island is prohibited. Please enjoy watching them from a distance.


 

2-2. Sodegaura Park

Sodegaura Park in Chiba Prefecture is a spacious park with a variety of facilities, including an athletic field and a barbecue area.

It is known for having many stray cats, and there are even volunteers who take care of them.

Due to the large number of stray cats, there are feeding spots set up in various places within the park.

If you visit Sodegaura Park, you may encounter many adorable cats.


 

2-3. Yanaka Cemetery

Yanaka Cemetery, located in Taito Ward, Tokyo, is known for its historical atmosphere and the many cats that inhabit the area.

It is said that the number of stray cats increased after the Great East Japan Earthquake in special place where they gather.

Yanaka Cemetery is also known for its cat-shaped monuments, making it a famous spot for cat lovers.

If you stroll through the cemetery, you may encounter cats napping in the sun.


 

2-4. Ooi Central Seaside Park

Ooi Central Seaside Park in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, is a large park with a seaside view.

It is a popular spot for picnics and outdoor activities, and it is also known for its many stray cats.

There are areas in the park where you can find feeding spots for cats.

While enjoying the view of the sea, you may also encounter friendly stray cats.


 

2-5. Saitama Lake and Dome Green Park

Saitama Lake and Dome Green Park in Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, are famous for their cherry blossoms in spring.

They are also known for having many stray cats.

The park is spacious, and there are areas with plenty of greenery where cats can relax.

If you visit during the cherry blossom season, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along with the company of adorable cats.


 

2-6. Zoshigaya Cemetery

Zoshigaya Cemetery in Toshima Ward, Tokyo, is another cemetery where stray cats are often seen.

It is a peaceful cemetery with historical significance, and there are many spots where cats gather.

While strolling through the cemetery, you may encounter cats resting on tombstones or wandering around the area.


 

2-7. Todoroki Gorge

Todoroki Gorge in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, is a scenic natural area with a river and walking trails.

It is also known for the presence of stray cats.

While enjoying the beautiful natural scenery, you may come across cats relaxing along the riverbank or on the walking paths.

It's a unique experience to encounter stray cats in such a natural setting.

 

3. Points to Note in Areas with Many Stray Cats

For cat lovers, areas with many stray cats are charming, aren't they?

However, let's just quietly observe or take photos of stray cats.

Here are some points to be aware of.


 

3-1. Do Not Feed Them

Cats, whether stray or not, are incredibly cute.

It's delightful when they come with an appealing voice or gaze at you.

However, feeding them is strictly prohibited.

Not everyone in that area welcomes cats, and feeding them can lead to increased problems like litter and noise troubles due to mating cries.

Feeding stray cats is irresponsible, so absolutely avoid doing it.


 

3-2. Do Not Pick Them Up

Out of momentary emotions, do not bring stray cats home.

There are many things to consider, such as whether you can raise the cat until its natural end, if you can afford to live with a cat, and if your current environment is suitable for living with a cat.

Do not impulsively bring a cat home just because it looked cute.


 

3-3. Follow Proper Etiquette

It's not a problem to go to the location to see stray cats.

However, besides feeding them, there are other issues to consider.

Issues like littering, on-street parking, and trespassing into restricted areas, which could cause inconvenience to residents of that area.

It's essential to follow proper etiquette and avoid causing any trouble.

 

Conclusion

Opportunities to encounter stray cats in urban areas have decreased due to activities such as cat rescue and community cat programs.

However, areas with many stray cats still exist.

When interacting with stray cats, observe proper etiquette to avoid causing inconvenience to nearby residents.

Why not explore the locations introduced this time?

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