For some reason, the Japanese are really fond of cats. For example, recently I found out that a station master in Japan is a cat named Tama!


Are there any other tourist attractions in Japan related to cats (Preferably near Tokyo)?


Being in Japan, anything cute you ask for will most likely exist in much more animation formats than real life versions. So be prepared for a definite shortage of real cats here.

While there are 2 cat-themed amusement parks, one a bit far away from Tokyo and one a bit closer (this stuff is not only reserved for mice), there are also several occasions where cats play a part in Japanese culture and are very well worth visiting, even if you do not like cats!

  • The Nemuri-Neko in the Nikko Tosho-gu shrine (which also features some famous monkeys), not too far from Tokyo enter image description here
  • The omni-present Maneki-neko which can be seen and bought as souvenirs all over Japan, enter image description here
  • The Bakeneko, which is a form or the Maneki-Neko and has a Temple in Setagaya called Gotokuji with tons of cat statues, apparently the origin of the Maneki-Neko, but another shrine, Imado Jinja, claims the same for itself.
  • The Nekomata figures, you might find in museums or libraries, or in tons of new and old books at Amazon
  • From the movie "My Neighbor Totoro" exists a "catbus" which can be bought as a plush animal online and offline (Famous kiddyland in Harajuku has all of it) enter image description here
  • From the movie "Kiki's delivery service" comes another famous cartoon cat. Both this one and the catbus above might be available at the "Ghibli Museum"

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  • More online than offline, the Youtube celebrity "Maru" should be mentioned for completeness.
  • For real live cat overdose visit Cat Island, also called Tashirojima where they even have a cat shrine
  • There is a cat street in Tokyo, which is however misleading, but still a nice shopping area.
  • There are (among other, weirder types) Cat Cafes in Tokyo, for example one in Ikebukuro and many more.
  • Here is another cat-fan report from Japan
  • When I lived in Tokyo, I remember all of these. I have fond memories of the Nikko Tosho-gu shrine listed above. It is definitely well worthwhile to have a look at it. – user6842 May 28 '13 at 9:33
  • There is a nearly full sized cat bus in the Ghibli Museum: ghibli-museum.jp/en/welcome/004539.html – Michael Borgwardt May 28 '13 at 11:54

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