Maneki-Neko Museum | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

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[Maneki-Neko Museum]

Enjoy painting a maneki-neko with lots of love

This museum is one of the largest museums in Japan dedicated to maneki-neko-beckoning cat statues thought to bring good luck. It exhibits over 1000 maneki-neko statues made using a wide variety of different methods. The museum building was constructed in a style resembling the Western-style architecture of Seto in the Taisho period, and its unique exterior has become a landmark of Seto City. The exhibition is divided into several sections-the history of maneki-neko, maneki-neko categorized by major production area, rare and unique maneki-neko, miscellaneous maneki-neko products, and more. The exhibitions also include information, and the museum is definitely worth a look. Maneki-neko have been loved as a good luck charm since the Edo period, and now, are well-known outside of Japan, as well. At this museum, you can get a glimpse of what makes this welcoming cat is so well-loved. After fully enjoying the many unique maneki-neko, try coloring your own at the "painting experience" (additional fee required; no reservations required). Put your heart into making an original, one-of-a-kind maneki-neko!
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The architecture of the Maneki-Neko Museum resembles Western-style buildings from the Taisho period
Upper left: Try the "painting experience" and feel your love for your creation grow as you paint, Upper right: The museum is home to thousands of maneki-neko, all with different poses and accessories. Which one is your favorite? (Actual exhibitions may not resemble the photo.), Bottom: Maneki-neko on display in the permanent exhibition, divided into sections featuring the history of the cat statues, the places where they are produced, and more. The exhibition will make you realize that maneki-neko are a part of Japanese culture
Address Yakushimachi 2, Seto City, Aichi
Phone +81-561-21-0345 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission is 30 minutes before the closing time)
Reception for the painting experience ends at 3:00 p.m.
Holidays Every Tuesday (Open if Tuesday is a holiday), December 29th to January 4th
Fee ・Admission fee
Adults 300 yen
High school students and university students 200 yen
Junior high school age and under Free

・Painting experience (Takes approx. 30 to 60 minutes) From 300 yen
Access Take the Nagoya Municipal Subway Higashiyama Line from "Nagoya Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 5 minutes and alight at "Sakae Station". Walk to "Sakaemachi Station" of Meitetsu Seto Line and take the Meitetsu Seto Line Express train for approx. 30 minutes, alight at "Owari Seto Station" and walk for approx. 8 minutes.

updated on Mar 25, 2019

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