Gotokuji Temple

Culture Experience
Free Admission

Gotokuji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Japan. It is famous for its lucky cat statues or Maneki Neko in Japanese. Legend has it that a feudal lord in the Edo period (1600-1867) was beckoned into the temple by a cat. Thanks to his decision to follow the cat he was spared by the thunderstorm shortly after. Today, the Maneki Neko cat is famous as a charm of good luck throughout the world. If you are a cat lover and want to know more about the significance of cats in Japan, Gotokuji Temple is a great place to start exploring! The nearest stations are Gotokuji station and Miyanosaka station.

Telephone Number
Postal code
2-24-7 Gotokuji, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Method of payment
Recommended season
January, March
Business Hours
Monday・Tuesday・Wednesday・Thursday・Friday・Saturday・Sunday : 06:00~18:00

Admisson Fee
JPY0 / Adult

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5 out of 5 stars

I really wanted to visit this temple due to the abundance of cat statues and this did not disappoint! The temple is quite far out from the center of Tokyo however it is definitely worth the visit. This is such a unique temple experience in Japan and great for photos. Not only does the temple feature the cat statues but it also is quite aesthetic itself as its surrounded by gardens. An unmissable spot!


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