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It’s a cute little kitty shrine! The origin stories involve both a deity couple and a story about a poor woman who, after giving up her cat, made cat dolls to become rich.
There’s lots of cat statues and even some real cats lying around...More
If you are planning to go to Asakusa to see the famous Sensoji and Kaminarimon, this small but charming shrine is only a short walk away and well worth swinging by if you have the time.
Considered the "origin" of the maneki neko (lucky waving...More
We visited this shrine after visiting Gotokuji. It is much smaller in size, but filled with really cute cat figurines. Unfortunately, we visited after the office had closed, so we only managed to see the grounds. Plus point was that there was no crowd at...More
I caught the train to Asakusa and it was only a short walk. The walk itself was nice and peaceful and I enjoyed the break from the usual Tokyo crowds. Only a few other visitors when I visited, so I could take photos without bothering...More
Shrine full of cats!
You can pray there for love. Today the place was filled with a steady stream of young women who diligently wrote on ema tablets, bought fortunes, omamori, and hoped that their prayers for that special one would be answered.
This shrine is adorable. Only a kilometer (just over a half mile) from Senso-ji temple, this temple is a stark contrast to the tour bus crowds of Senso-ji. Twin Maneki nekos are honored at imado shrine and cats adorn pots, omamori and almost everything else...More
I visited 2 cat shrines while in Tokyo.
This one is about a 15min walk from the Senso-ji Temple or train statio. Walk along the river with a good view of the Tokyo Skytree in the distance.
Must-visit for cat lovers. Small gift shop with...More
Today I felt like avoiding the crowds and check out a few shrines/temples within walking distance from the hotel. I saw a few pics of Maneki Neko, Lucky Cat and thought it was for luck with fortune. Sure I could use some luck.
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping
sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.