Edo Cat Café: Enjoy the World of Ukiyo-e and Cats at Edo Neko Chaya

09.June.2018 | SPOT

Edo Neko Chaya is a new Edo-style cat café opening in Tokyo on June 15 for a limited period where you can enjoy the world of ukiyo-e while playing with real cats.

「江戸ねこ茶屋」 ネコ


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 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.  You’ll have the chance to learn about the deep relationship between the people of Edo and cats through the commentaries of each ukiyo-e piece.

「江戸ねこ茶屋」 猫


The majority of the cats at Edo Neko Chaya are rescue cats. The number of rescue cats remains high as a result of the country’s record breaking cat boom. To raise awareness of this issue, part of the proceedings made at the café will go towards support funds tackling the issue of stray cats.


A range of original merchandise will also be sold including t-shirts, cushions, purses, book covers, phone cases, towels, hand towels, clear files, tatami coasters, stickers and more. Artists fond of cats have also agreed to support tackling the issue of homeless cats by selling limited-edition ema plaques.


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.


Immerse yourself in the world of Edo and cats at the Edo Cat Café!



Edo Neko Chaya

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 Website: https://edonekochaya.com