A hostel attached to a rescue cat cafe in Osaka Prefecture allows guests to fall asleep while gazing at cats, offering a haven for those wishing to escape from reality amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The hostel, known as Neko Hatago, opened last December as an annex to the cat cafe Neko Yokujo. With eight dormitory rooms modeled after lodging for travelers in the pre-modern Edo Period (1603-1868), guests can watch cats from the cafe through a window installed by each bedside.

"I want people to learn more about rescue cats, including how they behave at night," said Naomi Nishikubo, the 52-year-old manager of the establishment.