Set in a renovated 90-plus-year-old wooden house in Yanaka, Café Nekoemon lets you paint your own maneki-neko figurine over a cup of tea and some sweets (set with small figurine ¥1,650, or ¥2,200 for a bigger moggy). If you’ve already purchased a cute beckoning cat at its sister shop next door, then just come for the kitty-shaped pastries and cakes: Mont Blanc, cheesecake (both at ¥495 each) or the black or white éclair (¥440). Japanese-style desserts are available as well – think anmitsu (jelly in sugar syrup topped with red bean jam) or ice cream with red bean paste, both of which come with wafers in the shape of a cat’s head and a cup of green tea (¥770 each).
Did you know that Tokyo has a 'cat town'? The quaint, traditional neighbourhood of Yanaka, which stretches southwards from Nippori Station, is home to plenty of friendly stray cats. As such, you’ll find many businesses here inspired by or simply celebrating these adorable felines, including cafés, gift shops and even a gallery.
But the whole of Tokyo is just crazy for cats, from Harajuku's famous Cat Street to the special lucky cat shrine in Setagaya. Here are some of the city's best spots for cat lovers.
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