A visit to Taiwan’s cat village, Monkey temple! A summary of the cafes and how to get there

One of the world’s six most popular cat spots, the Monkey Heaven Cat Village is located in Taiwan. It’s less than an hour’s train ride from Taipei, and only one stop away from Kowloon, the setting of Spirited Away, making it an easy place to incorporate into your Taipei sightseeing.

We dropped by on our way back from Jiufen! It was a rainy day in the Cat Village, but there were so many cute cats that it was really relaxing. If you like cats, this is the place for you. In this article, I will introduce in detail how to get to Cat-vliiage, as well as recommended cafes.

What is the Cat Village in Taiwan, where more than 100 cats live?

The Cat Village is a small town about an hour’s train ride from Taipei, located at the Monkey Gate Cat Village station.

It used to be a village with many cats, but around 2009, it became a cat village and now the villagers volunteer to vaccinate the cats. You can touch the cats with peace of mind.

Not only are there more than 100 cats here, but the town is decorated with cat illustrations, and there are cute cat cafes. For cat lovers, this is the place to be!

How to get to Nekomun

How to get to Cat Village from Taipei

Travel time: 40 to 50 minutes by train from Taipei Main Station.
To get there, take a local train bound for Su-ao, Hualien, or Taitung from platform 4 of Taipei Main Station.
Amount: 56 Taiwan dollars (about $2)

As soon as you arrive at the Monkey Hill Station, where the Cat Village is located, you’re in the Cat Village! It’s right in front of the station, so it’s not hard to get to from Taipei. It’s not difficult to get to the temple from Taipei because it’s right in front of the station.

There aren’t many trains, so it’s a good idea to check the timetable beforehand from the website.

How to search the timetable

Enter “Taipei Area” as the departure area and select “Taipei Main Station”.
Enter “Taipei” for the departure area and select “Taipei Main Station” for the arrival area.
Select the date and time from 0:00 to 23:59 to see the timetable for the whole day.
If you select “0:00-23:59” for the time, you can get the timetable for the whole day.

How to get to Cat-village from Jiufen

Travel time: less than one hour
Take a bus from Jioumin to Ruifang Station. From Ruifang, take the train to the Monkey Pond Station.
From Ruifang Station, it costs 15 Taiwan dollars (about $0.60).

First, take a bus from Jiufen to Ruifang, the nearest train station. Don’t worry, there are buses every 15 to 20 minutes.

From Ruifang, it’s only one stop to the Monkey Tots, where the Cat Village is located. It’s very close, but the number of trains is limited, so it’s a good idea to check the Taipei Railway website for more information.

We stayed in Jiuquan, moved to Nekomun around noon the next day, and stopped by Suffolk before returning to Taipei.

The cafe in the Cat Village was a cat cafe after all! Also great for lunch

What’s there to do in Cat-village? There are also several cute cat cafes. You can also eat food, so it’s a great place for lunch. Each store has its own signature cat, so be sure to find your favorite one.

The cat sweets are just adorable! If you’re looking for a cafe, “Hide&Seek Cafe” is recommended

We recommend a cafe called “Hide&Seek Cafe”. The feature of this cafe is that you can enjoy cat sweets.

This is the actual cat cream puff I ordered. It was so cute that I just stared at it for a while, lol.

This cat cream puff is not only cute, but also elegantly sweet and very tasty. No matter how many times I look at it, it’s still cute…!

Price: 120 yuan (about $4.50) for a cat puff.

The menu is also available in Japanese, and they also serve curry and other rice dishes, so it’s a good place to have lunch.

Inside the store, the walls were decorated with cat-related art, giving me the feeling that I was in a cat village! I felt like I was in a cat village. If I could come to a café like this every day, I would be so happy…

Of course, HIDE&SEEK Cafe also has a signature cat.

While I was having a leisurely cup of tea, another one just walked into the store and made itself at home on the table, lol.

※The store is kept clean by the staff.

The cute cat sweets and the signature cat are sure to heal you.

By the way, this HIDE&SEEK Cafe was featured in “Naomi Watanabe’s Photo! Travel! Taiwan! Taiwan! A staff member showed me this book. The staff showed me this book, which is a great reference for how to take photos and photo spots in Taiwan, so if you’re planning to go to Taiwan in the future, you can use this book as a reference to take photogenic photos.

Cat Village has many cat cafes with cute cat signboards

In Cat-village, there are other cat cafes with signature cats. All of them are cute, so you may have a hard time deciding which one to enter.

This cafe was so cute, I just had to go in! The cat-shaped cushions are cute.

The signboard cat was peeking out from the entrance. Cute…!

We went to the cat village from Jiufen!

We stayed one night in Kuujun and went to Cat-village and Juubu the next day. We spent about two and a half hours there. We stayed for about two and a half hours, but we still enjoyed the Cat Village to the fullest!

Click here to read about our visit to Jiufen→7 Things to Do in Jiufen! How to get to the famous photo spots even if it’s your first time

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From Jiufen to the Cat Village

To get to the Cat Village from Jiouquan, we first took a bus to Ruifang Station. We were unsure of which bus stop to get off at, but it seems that most Japanese people get off at Ruifang Station, so the driver told us.

I took a short train ride from Ruifang and got off at the Monkey temple station.

Once we got off the train, we were already in the cat village!

Once you get off the station, you are already in the world of Cat-village. I found a bench in the shape of a cat!

There are cat footprints on the stairs. The stairs are covered in cat footprints, and it’s all so cute…!

As I exited the ticket gate with high expectations, I immediately found a cat at the station as well.

At the station, there were maps and art with cute illustrations. The cat village is small, and it takes about an hour to walk around.

We crossed the cat bridge to the village. This cat bridge has a catwalk at both ends so that cats can pass through. We spotted a cat on this catwalk right away!

We spotted a cat on this catwalk right away!

It’s a relief to see the cat, even in the rain.

It was raining on the day we went, and we were worried that we wouldn’t be able to see any cats. But when we got there, we were able to see many cats even in the rain.

If it’s sunny, you might be able to see more cats. However, rain doesn’t mean there are no cats, so you don’t have to worry about what to do even though it’s raining.

Go around the city with cute illustrations

Cat village is also attractive because it is full of cat art. They are all so cute that you will want to take pictures of them.

Take a break at HIDE&SEEK Cafe, a cat cafe in Cat Village.

At Hide&Seek Cafe, famous for their cat sweets, we got some cat puffs! It was one of the things I was looking forward to on this trip. It was really cute~!

The store is full of cute things, so I recommend taking a break to relax with a cup of coffee.

The signboard cat is also cute.

Look at the souvenir shops and go to the station.

In the Cat Village, there is a souvenir shop full of cat goods. We were not allowed to take photos, so I don’t have any pictures of the inside of the store, but there are so many cat-related goods and souvenirs of the Cat Village that I think it would be a good idea to buy some souvenirs here.

Cards are recommended for shopping in Taiwan

When shopping in Taiwan, we recommend using credit cards.

The reason for this is that when you get pickpocketed, having a lot of cash on you will cause more damage.

You can stop a credit card right away with a phone call, so it is better to pay with a card basically. There are many stores in Taiwan that accept cards.

While shopping, it is safer to be connected to the Internet

When you are shopping in Taiwan, it is recommended that you connect to the Internet so that you can do some research.

If you don’t have internet access, you may not be able to get to the store you want to go to, or you may end up giving up on buying something because you don’t understand the words on the product…

Cat-village is a place you should visit at least once if you like cats

What did you think? Cat-village is definitely a fun spot for cat lovers. If you like cats, you will definitely enjoy visiting Cat-village. Please come and see the many cats.

To get there from Taipei Station, take a train bound for Su-ao, Hualien, or Taitung from platform 4. From Jiufen, go to Ruifang and take a train.
You can spend as much as three hours there.
If you are a cat lover, this is a good place to visit because you can see cats even in the rain.


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