Gotokuji Temple, Setagaya

4.3
#18 of 1,750 in Historic Sites in Tokyo
A Buddhist temple famed for welcoming cats, Gotokuji Temple falls into the category of quirky religious sites. Tucked away in a peaceful neighborhood, the temple exudes a serene ambiance and offers plenty of shade under lush maple, ginkgo, and cherry trees. The site also includes thousands of sculptures of Maneki Neko, a little white cat often seen in front of Japanese stores and restaurants--a kind of lucky charm allegedly ensuring prosperity and good luck. Make Gotokuji Temple a part of your Tokyo vacation plans using our Tokyo itinerary builder tool .
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  • I lived quite close to this temple. A suburb of west Tokyo. Very quiet and serene place. I highly recommend you to come in January, New year's time, cos you can see the most of those lucky cats placed...  more »
  • The room was very spacious. There were a lot of foreigners (especially Asian) in the place where the beckoning cat was in the place. In June, lotus flowers bloomed and we were able to take a rest in the precincts. It was a very good place to forget the hustle and bustle of the city.
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  • Lovely visit on a fine day. It wasn’t as faraway as we thought. A quiet walk through a residential area to the temple.
  • Famous for their Maneki Neko cat statues of all sizes from big to small, this is located in a small section of this shrine. While there are many, photos give no perspective with the overall area of these statues being no bigger than 1/4 of a Japanese train carriage. Great for a novel experience if you want to see these statues up close, you can contribute to buy your own from the shrine store on temple grounds, however beware as this place does get overcrowded with visitors trying to get their photos.
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