Japan invented a Google Maps for cats and it's purr-fect

If you’ve ever wanted to explore Japan as a cat, there’s a map for that.

The tourism board of Hiroshima recently created a site with street views from a cat’s perspective. It’s the first of its kind.


Technicians from the tourism board used 360-degree cameras to shoot the cat maps. The interactive map looks almost identical to Google street map, except it's all in Japanese.

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The map features streets in Onomichi, a port town east of Hiroshima. You can explore in 360 from a cat's-eye view.

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There are options to mosey down the footpaths...

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...or to saunter through a shopping mall.

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You can change the angle of the view, or even learn details about local shops that have blue icons (if you speak Japanese). You can also click any of the cat icons on lefthand side to teleport to a different location.

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They created it to attract cat-loving tourists to a museum dedicated to Japan's 'maneki-neko' cat dolls.

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'We're seeking to introduce a different way to look at our cities,' a Hiroshima tourism official told the Wall Street Journal. They chose to feature a map of Onomichi, because it boasts a very large population of stray cats.

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The map also includes the option to meet 11 local pet cats. A yellow icon hovers above them with links to their backgrounds.

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The tourism board will add more locations to the map this month, including a famous shrine area in Onomichi. Now all cats will know where it's at.

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