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豪徳寺 (Gohtokuji), Setagaya
(4.2/5 based on 140+ 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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  • Gotokuji is beckoning a few splendid temples. The Maneki Neko are worth a look. I'd kinda creepy.
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  • Known as the home of the maneki neko, or literally "the beckoning cat". Small immaculate Japanese gardens surround. Good photo opportunity. Small shrine to the beckoning cat is worth a look if in the ...  more »
  • From the first time I heard about Gotokuji, I wanted to visit. In the last 3 years, I got lost 5 times trying to find it. Granted it is a bit out of the way, but so worth it! If you travel to Gotokuji...  more »
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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.