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Imado Shrine

Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 1-5-22 Imado, Taito 111-0024, Tokyo Prefecture
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Cute shrine

If you are a cat lover, you need to stop by, it is a short walk from Asakusa Temple. For a beautiful view, walk by the river and enjoy the City view. The shrine is small but quiet.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2017
Kasia Z
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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 souvenirs was nice as well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

If you are a cat lover, you need to stop by, it is a short walk from Asakusa Temple. For a beautiful view, walk by the river and enjoy the City view. The shrine is small but quiet.

Thank Kasia Z
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

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. Imado Shrine is 10 min walk from Asakusa Station and Sosenji Temple. From the station take the... More 

1 Thank Mark B
Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

located in asakusa, walking down sumida river shore, dedicated to a holy imado cat, cat souvenirs and symbols are everywhere. shrine for the couples to pray for good luck or single ones to find love.

1 Thank Jasmina R
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2015

This is supposed to be the origin of the beckoning cat. As a cat lover, I had expected to see a lot of cats roaming at this shrine. I was very disappointed that I could only find one big fat white cat here, who is not really human friendly. On the other hand, the shrine itself is quite nice. Quite... More 

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Petaluma, California
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3 of 5 bubbles 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... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles 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... More 

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Ueno, Asakusa
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.
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