Are you a cat lover and planning to visit Tokyo? Well, you're in luck - there are several neat spots to check out if you're wanting to pay homage to your feline friends. Here are three fun and unique places to visit right meow (or to add to your upcoming vacation plans).
Cateriam Cat Cafe
Located in the trendy Tokyo suburb of Shimokitazawa, Cateriam Cat Cafe is perfect if you want to love on some furry friends! Spending an hour at Cateriam will set you back 1000 yen, but the admission price also includes a drink. If you don't want to commit for that long, there are 15 or 30 minute trial sessions, for 300 yen and 500 yen respectively. One of the cutest things about this cafe is that there are hats you can dress up the cats with - the cats all have rather chill temperaments, so they don't seem to mind a bit. Cateriam Cat Cafe is located just a short walk from the Shimokitazawa Station - the street address is Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-26-6 Mont Blanc Building 2F.
You might be coming to Japan and already have several shrine and temples on your agenda - but it can be easy to get a bit of "temple fatigue". If you want a temple that shakes things up a bit and keeps them fun, a great place to stop is Gotokuji Temple. It's filled with maneki neko statues - why, you ask? Legend says that back in the day there was a feudal lord passing by the temple when a thunderstorm was on the horizon. A cat beckoned him to come at take shelter at the shrine, the lord escaped the storm, and was ever-grateful to the cat - and these days people leave maneki neko statues there as a "thank you" when prayers are answered. Super cute! You can find the temple at 2-24-7, Gotokuji, Setagaya City, Tokyo.
Sanrio Puroland is located in the Tokyo suburb of Tama, and is essentially a theme park dedicated to Hello Kitty and other Sanrio friends. There are dressed up characters that you can get a photo with, themed shows and parades, and various rides and attractions - perfect for the kawaii lover. As well as the attractions, there are also various shops to get your fill of cute merchandise, and restaurants with the most adorable food you could imagine (Hello Kitty burger with a pink bun, anyone?!). The theme park is located about 30 minutes from Shinjuku Station by train - the park website has more information on getting there, admission costs and opening days.
Hopefully these suggestions add to your purrfect Japan vacation!
Enjoy Tokyo, and Safe Travels!
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