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Imado Shrine: Meeting Beckoning Cat in Tokyo

by Ryu_C@RakuRakuJP

Imado Shrine not far from Sensoji Temple

Every time I arrange a trip to Asakusa, I will go to Sensoji Temple, Kaminarimon, Nakamisetong Shopping Street, etc., which are very popular Asakusa attractions. But besides these scenic spots, have you ever thought about paying homage to the beckoning cat?

It only takes about 15 minutes to walk from Sensoji Temple to an Imado Shrine surrounded by high-rise buildings.

Another beckoning cat shrine in Tokyo

Although there are shrines with different themes in different places in Tokyo, if you want to name a few shrines that mainly worship beckoning cats, I believe that exceptHau De TempleOutside, there is only Imado Shrine.

The more interesting part of Imado Shrine may be because the area of Imado Shrine is relatively small, and there are many houses nearby, so if you look at it from the outside, it actually looks more like the back garden of a big house than a shrine. . However, it is different from Sensoji Temple in that there are fewer tourists here. I believe that only some people who like cats are willing to come and visit.

If you like cats, you can come to Imado Shrine to pay homage after visiting Sensoji Temple and Nakamisetong Shopping Street, and then walk slowly.Tokyo SkytreeClimb up to their observatory to enjoy the sunset view of Tokyo.

Imado Shrine is one of the few shrines in Tokyo that enshrines beckoning cats. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Imado Shrine, which mainly prays for marriage

The Imado Shrine is not as serious as other shrines, so you can visit slowly, buy guards, make wishes, and pay homage. It is said that this place is mainly for praying for marriage. A small shrine is also very suitable for two people to visit together, and it may also enhance the relationship between each other.

The environment of Imado Shrine is more like the back garden of a big house. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Imado Shrine is a place dedicated to praying for marriage. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Details of Imado Shrine in Asakusa

Basically, the area of Imado Shrine is not very large, and it only takes about 5 minutes to walk through all the places of the entire shrine. So if you don’t want to meet cats, or don’t like cats very much, if you just want to take pictures of different attractions, there is no loss even if you don’t go to Imado Shrine.

But for those who like cats, if you have been to Gotokuji Temple to visit the beckoning cats, you can also arrange an hour or so to come to the Imado Shrine to see if there is a chance to meet the cats here, and buy a royal cat along the way. Shou and Lucky Cat souvenirs to take home. I believe Imado Shrine will be a more worthwhile attraction.

Imado Shrine Opening Hours: 09:00 – 16:00
Address: 〒111-0024 Imado 1-chome 5-22, Taito-ku, Tokyo

More details: Imado Shrine formula

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For other Tokyo attractions, Imado Shrine will not be a very popular attraction. However, for some people who have traveled to Tokyo many times, this kind of attractions will be some itinerary options for new experiences.

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