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Gotokuji, Setagaya

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
A Buddhist temple famed for welcoming cats, Gotokuji 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 Gotokuji and other attractions to your Tokyo trip itinerary using our Tokyo tourist route planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • One of my favorite working temples in Tokyo. Very easy going and a large complex. Great for a Sunday afternoon.  more »
  • We visited one evening of our trip. Unique temple. There is a small store selling cat figures - I believe it closes at 5pm and we almost missed it. We enjoyed walking through the small town to and fro...  more »
  • When you dropped pin in Google map to go to Gotokuji temple, you have to walk more 150 meters to get there. จากกูเกิ้ลแมพให้เดินต่อประมาณ 150 เมตร เราสามารถเช่าแมวกวักของทางวัดได้ เมื่อสมหวังให้เอาแมว...  more »
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  • Many cats are waiting for you there. Gotokuji is a lovely little place with many trees, temple, cat's figures and big cemetery.There are really no huge numbers of tourist. Be ready it takes a little effort to reach this place cause it locates in Tokyo's suburbs.  Google map can navigate you well from station if you don't want to be lost around many nice streets. But to see this lovely place is best award for all efforts.
  • Very peaceful place to visit. Its interesting to know that the waving cat/lucky cat origin is this temple.
  • A hidden gem in the quiet sagataya district. The origin of maneki neko 招き猫 original prototype. Definitely not a tourist spot but worth visiting. You'll see hundreds of the neko figures all sitting together in a small corner in the temples. The souvenirs shop sells the original neko figures in various sizes.
  • Our favorite temple so far. Very quiet and peaceful. They gave you an english folder with the legend of the waving cat if you buy one at the shop.
  • I feel lucky after getting a fortune cat here!