Gotokuji Temple, Setagaya

#15 of 2,023 in Historic Sites in Tokyo
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • Located on the small Tokyu-Setagaya line, this little known location is quiet and peaceful. With hundreds of lucky cat statues the smallish area is located next to a much larger cemetery. With only a....  more »
  • I visited here many years ago and one could see only a few locals and it was serene and pleasant, now it joins the myriad of other locations spoilt by popularity and social media advertising and...  more »
  • 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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