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“3.5 stars really - Good but can be missed if you have time limitations”
Review of Imado Shrine

Imado Shrine
Reviewed 15 November 2013

I enjoyed visiting Imado Shrine a lot. The Shrine is small but has lots of cute things to see.

It is a bit of a walk from Senso-ji and the main area people visit in Asakusa. I was staying in Asakusa for 4 days so I had plenty of time to walk around in the morning and evenings so it worked out well for me but if you have limited time in Asakusa I think it can be skipped considering the time investment to get there.

If you really love cats this is a good place to visit. You may also want to go to Gotokuji as well but that is an even more lengthy adventure.

Date of experience: November 2013
2  Thank K_Chan40
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

My family are mad cat-lovers, so this was high on my list of things to see. I liked the many cat statues and images, and took lots of photos to share with the family. I also bought good luck charms with cat images on them.

I did find the grounds around the shrine slightly untidy, and this detracted from its appearance. It's a smaller shrine and, although popular with young Japanese women (maybe because of the romantic connection?), it's a fairly niche attraction for those from outside Japan.

I was staying in the area and doing something different appealed to me, so I'm pleased I went, although it was a fairly average experience.

Date of experience: June 2013
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Reviewed 10 August 2012

It's your first trip to Tokyo, and you want to have a memorable trip that includes both the important sites and some off-the-beaten-path, only-in-Japan destinations. Imado shrine is definitely the latter, and it's just 15 minutes north of Sensoji temple, which is definitely the former. For less than an hour, pop away from Sensoji's crowds and onto a quiet side street for a truly unique experience.

Imado shrine is one of two Tokyo sites to have a legitimate claim to be the origin of the "maneki neko," those cute beckoning kitten statues that you'll see in the entrance to businesses and restaurants throughout Japan. As you might expect, Imado plays up its connection to the maneki neko with cat-themed items everywhere: cats outside the entrance gate, cats on the talismans, cats on the ema (wish tablets), cat-shaped water cans, you name it.

Imado has further quirks as well: in the benches and chairs, and in the flowering veranda, you'll find carvings of Mickey Mouse. By the omikuji (fortunes), there's a small DVD player that, at least while we were there, was showing dancing teenagers who were singing a song about maneki neko.

Don't let Imado's oddities fool you, though: this is a legitimate religious site, one of the 7 Lucky Shrines in the Asakusa area. It's also believed to be one of the most powerful shrines in the matter of love. Whether to find a mate, to rekindle an old flame, or to establish a lifelong marriage, lovelorn pilgrims come here to pray.

Date of experience: August 2012
4  Thank David R
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