Cat Lovers, Add These Places to Your Itinerary in Japan

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Sea Shore Dinner Kanea

689 Jogashima, Misakimachi, Misaki City, Kanagawa
Contact: +81- 90-6019-2822
Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (last order is an hour before closing time).
It may be closed due to fishing conditions.

How to get there: It’s 28 minutes by bus to Jogashima from Misakiguchi Station on the Keikyu Line, and 3 minutes on foot from the Jogashima bus stop.

In front of Sea Shore Dinner Kanea, three female cats, Don-chan, Miiko, and Hanako, like to sunbathe. Originally from this island, the cats are always together, and like to walk after Kyouji Amano, the owner of the restaurant, or play on the rocks near the restaurant. In fact, if you follow these cats, you may even stumble upon a hidden spot where you can see Mt. Fuji on sunny days.

The cats like hanging around the restaurant.

This is Don-chan enjoying basking under the sun.

Hanako sits out in front watching passersby.

Enjoy local fare with pickled tuna and salted pot fried whitebait.

Of course, the cats aren’t the only signature of the restaurant. One of the popular items on the menu is the Pot Fried Whitebait and Tuna, which comes with miso soup and Japanese pickles (¥1,390). No need to pour soy sauce on top!

Gallery & Zakka Gigi
1-4-11 Enoshima, Fujisawa City, Kanagawa
Contact: +81-466-24-6839
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last order is at 5:30 p.m.); closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
How to get there: It’s 14 minutes by foot from Katase-enoshima Station on the Odakyu Line.

There’s always something new to look forward to at Gallery & Zakka Gigi, as the art gallery likes to switch things up every one to two months. However, one thing that many visitors hope won’t change is the presence of the art house’s resident cat, Gigi-chan. While Gigi-chan has become quite a fixture at Gallery & Zakka Gigi, she’s actually the second cat. It was the original cat, Koko-kun, who brought his friend Gigi-chan to the gallery. 

The cats are often out playing, but if you’re lucky, you might see them call out to be let in. Since Gigi-chan is shy, Koko-kun might play with you.

Food is also served at the gallery. Try the daily quiche with salad, soup and bread (¥1,200) and order it with a drink (¥300). Today’s menu was a quiche made of five types of mushroom and bacon.


This is the friendly Koko-kun.

See many artworks by young artists.

Please be advised that you might not see the cats at the time of your visit. Feeding them is also not allowed.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Yokohama Walker™ (11 February, 2018)

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