About the museum
The maneki-neko, or ‘beckoning cat’ first appeared as a lucky charm during Japan’s Edo era, approximately 150 years ago.
A raised right paw beckons money, while a raised left paw is said to beckon patronage to business. It may not be an exaggeration to say that the maneki-neko enjoys the status of a lucky god, beloved as a traditional Japanese item for well over a century.
The Maneki-neko Museum is located in Aichi Prefecture’s Seto city, which became known as a production region for maneki-nekos since the Meiji era in the late 1800s. Seto was, in fact, the first ceramics region in Japan to produce maneki-neko figurines. The museum houses a collection of around 5,000 maneki-neko models from Seto and across Japan, and is a treasured spot for maneki-neko fans.
Tuesdays (open if public holiday)
Adult: 300 yen
High school/university student: 200 yen
Junior high school students and below: free
Try your hand at painting your own maneki-neko figurine.
Choose an item from dozens of different styles, including piggy banks to cat-shaped plates and coffee cups, and paint your own maneki-neko product like a true artist using ‘zaffer’ blue paint designed for ceramics.
Enjoy creating a one-of-a-kind maneki-neko item to bring you some good luck!
|Receiving your painted item|
Please allow approximately one month for home delivery (separate mailing fees apply)
Between 30 min – 1 hour
Groups of 10 or more who wish to participate in the painting workshop are asked to book by phone in advance. Please call for any enquiries.
|Access by train|
From Nagoya Station
Take the Higashiyama subway line for Sakae, and transfer to the Meitetsu Seto line for Owari Seto Station (approx. 50 min)
From Sakae Station
Approximately 30 min. to Owari Seto Station on the Meitetsu Seto line
|Access by plane|
From Chubu Centrair International Airport
Take the special rapid service train to Kanayama Station, then transfer to the Meijo subway line for Sakae. At Sakae, transfer to the Meitetsu Seto line for Owari Seto Station (approx. 65 min)
|Access by car|
Approximately 5 min. from ‘Seto Akazu interchange’ on the Tokai-Kanjo expressway.
Approximately 20 min. from ‘Nagakute interchange’ on the Nagoya-Seto expressway.
Approximately 30 min. from ‘Nagoya interchange’ on the Tomei expressway.
Please use the nearby “Miyagawa Parking Lot”, “Setogura Parking Lot” (both free for 1 hour), and “Miyamae Park Parking Lot” (available only on weekends and holidays, free for 2 hours).
Depending on the amount of shopping, a parking fee service is available.
Manekineko Museum Voice Guide App
The Maneki-Neko Museum has introduced a free audio guide that provides written, visual, and audio explanations of the exhibits. By scanning the QR code located in the museum with your smartphone, you can access the guide page in Japanese, English, Chinese (simplified), or Chinese (traditional), and use it as a guide for your visit. We hope you will take advantage of this service.