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Gotokuji Temple

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Address: 2-24-7 Gotokuji, Setagaya 154-0021, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3426-1437

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Gotokuji - the Welcoming Cat Temple

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 November 2016
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

All Japanese temples are great and this one is full of greenery and wonderful grounds. The many cats is cool to see.

Thank james_hammond_nz
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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326 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

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 with its right paw raised invites money and the one with its left paw raised invites people. The temple has an interesting origin story.... More 

Thank hoosainnarker
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

10 minute walk from Gotokuji Station on the Odakyu line. Shopping area with grocery stores, restaurants and misc. shops. Temple is located in a quiet, residential area. Multiple entrances, but only one of the gates was open when we visited on a Monday. Gift shop and restrooms on site.Definately a must for cat lovers.

Thank GinainBelgium
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

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 area.

1 Thank soulfruit
Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

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 station, take a left out of the station, you will find a lovely street with small... More 

1 Thank claudia034
Seoul, South Korea
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

I was living in the heart of it all in Shinjuku, and was looking for something a little calmer. I woke up at the crack of dawn and took the train out to Gotokuji. The walk from the temple isn't bad and on the way there were vendors selling sweet potatoes - the street smelled amazing! I arrived at the... More 

1 Thank caricakes
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Catstatue overdose in this gorgeous little catshrine! Quite a trip to get here, so if you're not into cats or shrines: forget it. Otherwise: meow, what are you waiting for?

1 Thank Anemoon U
Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

From Shibuya take the JR Tokyu Den-en-Toshiba Line You travel to the 2nd station (Sangen-Jaya 03) and then leave the station and walk NE for 300m upstairs to road level and go to the tram or Street Car line. Travel to 7th station Leave the car, turn right and cross the railway line and turn first left and then first... More 

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Lyon, France
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

This temple is about 10 or 15 minutes' walk from Gotokuji station of Odakyu line, which comes from Shinjuku station. (about 15 minutes from Shinjuku to Gotokuji station.) So, it takes about 30 minutes from Shinjuku. There seems to be slightly different stories about this temple, but the one I heard was, when a samurai lord was walking by the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

As I was staying in Tokyo for a few days only and was not sure the journey to this place was worth it. I really do not regret, the park was not only beautiful but interesting. You learn a bit about the monk's cat and can take very nice pictures in the surroundings (the cemetery). You can buy a cat... More 

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