Yanakado: Tokyo Sendagi

Located in the heart of the cat-obsessed Yanaka district, Yanakado specializes in manekineko - beckoning cat statues - along with other cat-themed goods. Manekineko statues come in all sizes, with both raised right paws (for good fortune) and raised left paws (for welcoming visitors). Many of the statues are created exclusively for this shop.

One unusual offering here is the My-Manekineko service, where they will custom-paint a cat statue to resemble your own cat. After you supply them with photos of your cat you can choose from several different base models, then let them get to work. Prices start at Y7560 for a small-size sculpture, and it can take a few months to complete your order, depending on backlog.

For more immediate custom cat-sculpture gratification, you can paint your own miniature ceramic manekineko at Cafe Neko-e-mon, the shop's attached cafe. The price here is Y1620, which includes a tiny manekineko to take home as well as coffee and dessert. If you're not in an artistic mood, you can just get coffee or tea and a cat-themed dessert.

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Tokyo Sendagi / Retail
Open 10:30am-5:30pm daily.
Taito-ku, Yanaka 5-4-3.
5 miniutes from Sendagi Station (Chiyoda line)