Edo Cat Cafe Combines the Worlds of Ukiyo-e and Cats

14.May.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

An Edo-style cat café will bring to life the world of ukiyo-e with real cats you can play with. The Edo Cat Cafe will run from June 15 to August 31 this year at the event space outside the West Entrance at JR Ryogoku Station.

江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」


江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」

The concept behind this event is: “A rumour between the residents of an Edo ‘nagaya’ and cats. Travellers from across the country catch sound of the rumour and come to get a glimpse.”


The nagaya was a type of living quarters in the Edo period made like a row of houses. The cat café building is made to look like one of these. Ukiyo-e paintings and models will decorate inside and bring to life the street and atmosphere of the Edo period. There will also be entrances, streets and staircases for cats to use. You’ll be able to enjoy a unique experience and take photos while playing with cats in what will really feel just like the world of Edo.


江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」



There will be several zones inside building, including the cat tea room, cat ‘red light district,’ cat bath, cat nagaya, and cat plaza. Each area will be furnished with ukiyo-e that fit the scene, bringing to life the world of Edo. As well as being able to take photos with the cats anywhere inside the café, you’ll also have the chance to learn about the deep relationship between the people of Edo and cats through the commentaries of each ukiyo-e piece. There’ll even be a merchandise corner to purchase original goods related to cats.


江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」

江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」

But it doesn’t stop there. There will also be a chance to enjoy Edo’s food culture at -Ryogoku- Edo NOREN, join in a campaign being held in collaboration with Sumida Hokusai Museum, and more. Part of the proceedings made at the café will go towards tackling the problem of homeless cats. Cat-loving artists are also set to cooperate in the event and they will produce original ema plaques.


江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」

江戸ねこ茶屋 浮世絵世界  JR両国駅西口イベント広場「両国駅広小路」

If you’re also a cat-lover then don’t miss out on this unique Edo and cat café mashup!



Edo Cat Cafe

Location; Ryogoku Station West Exit Event Space (Sumida-ku, Tokyo)

Date: June 15, 2018―August 31, 2018

Time: 11:00-20:00 (Last Entries 19:00)

Access: 1-minute on foot from West Exit of Ryogoku Station via the JR Sobu Line

*Event subject to date changes in case of natural disasters or other unpredictable causes.

*Please refrain from picking up the cats, speaking in a loud voice, chasing cats and other such behaviour.


Entry Price (60 Minutes / Tax Included)

*Same-day tickets. Prices in brackets denote tickets bought in advance.

Adults: ¥1,500 (¥1,000)

High School / Junior High School Students: ¥1,200 (¥800)

Extension: ¥500 per 20 minutes

Advance Tickets Sales Window: May 10, 2018―June 14, 2018



*It is advised you do not enter the café if you are allergic to cats.

*Those at elementary school age and below are not permitted entry.

*Please do not use flash on your cameras.

*Please do not take food or drink into the café.

*Please do not take your pets in with you.


Lawson Tickets (Sold at all Lawson stores and Mini Stop Loppi in Japan)



Official Event Website