In order to bolster its waning popularity as a travel hub, Japan’s Kishigawa Train Line appointed a cat named Tama as its new station master in 2007, leading to a huge spike in popularity as a tourist destination. In 2010 a second cat was hired to “assist” Tama with her duties.

Station Master Tama The Cat

Today I want to introduce a special spot in Japan that is a must-visit for cat lovers!

Of course, there’s Cat Island, but have you heard of the only cat station master in Japan?

The Super Station Master Tama is a cat!

In Japan even cats can become a station master it seems! Don’t worry! This is not very common. In fact, you’ll only find the fluffy staff member at JR Kishi Station, Kinokawa in Wakayama Prefecture (map).

How a cat became a station master:

Japan has a prefecture popularity list and a few years ago Wakayama was pretty much at the bottom of the list. This is something I can’t really understand. I’ve been to all 47 Japanese prefectures and I like Wakayama Prefecture. Apart from Shirahama and Kumano Kodo it als… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

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  1. Katja1236

    Nitama- “Second Tama” – has since taken over Tama’s duties since she died and was promoted to the status of Kami-sama and Eternal Stationmaster. Yontama, “Fourth Tama”, is her second-in-command and heir-in-training, since Sun-tama-tama, “Third Tama” went to Okayama for training and they decided they loved her too much and did not want to send her back.

  2. notliam

    My local station has a cat, it’s very popular (and cute). It’s the only thing the town has going for it actually.

  3. phonybaba

    Sounds like something out of Murakami’s books.

  4. brainwashed_redditor

    Imagine being an employee in line for station manager and losing to a cat.

  5. GreyFoxes

    Ngl I cried when the news broke Tama had died

    I read about her for years and I’d alway kind of hoped I’d go see her some day but obviously I couldn’t if she was no longer alive and able to be seen

    It was also clear she was very loved and a lot of people were sad about her passing too, which made me sad too

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