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豪徳寺 (Gohtokuji), Setagaya
(4.3/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
A Buddhist temple famed for welcoming cats, 豪徳寺 (Gohtokuji) 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. Add 豪徳寺 (Gohtokuji) and other attractions to your Tokyo trip itinerary using our Tokyo tourist route planner.
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  • By taxi from the Tokyo Dome and went. Knowing gotokuji driver got lost, but somehow arrived. I love autumn, I have 見horete. Maneki Neko in is indeed amazing. Cat loves so couldn't fly for a while. II family say that, like some other grave and you had you walk quietly.
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  • Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo is filled with maneki neko statues. Maneki Neko, the cat doll (beckoning or welcoming cat) is popular in Japan as a lucky charm that invites happiness. It is said that the one...  more »
  • Legend has it that managed to avoid thunderstorms, invited to the Cat House II No. 2 Bill Lord, naotaka, said Maneki Neko birthplace. Environment is beckoning cats of various sizes are numerous closely side by side has been enshrined in. Has no pearls are raising his right hand in happiness, but a simple cat is adorable.
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  • Very cool temple. I only wish the the neighborhood would do more to guide visitors to the correct entrance. Very tricky to access even with GPS.
  • A very nice temple reminding a bit the atmosphere of Kyoto, plenty of maples which must be amazing in October, and a few cherry trees which will surely make the temple a good spot in spring
  • Beautiful place, was difficult to find entrance but we made it :) Surprisingly was not crowded (only few people there, waking) I blame sign forbidding playing Pokémon go for that ;)
  • Beautiful temple and grounds. This is the fabled home of "Tama", the original Manekineko (lucky cat with raised paw). Google the story, it is wonderful. Be sure to see the shrine where people leave small manekineko statues to ensure good health for their pet cats - there are probably several thousand of these little statues there at any given time. The people there are very friendly, and it is a bit of a walk from the train station to the temple but it is well worth it. Five stars!
  • Great temple with a lot of maneki-neko... It is said that maneki-neko originates from this temple (however there are more legends). There is a large park and also large graveyard. Quite nice place for walks, hanami and watching autumn leaves.