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“An unusual, memorable, quirky temple!”
Review of Gotokuji Temple

Gotokuji Temple
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Meet the lucky cats in suburban Tokyo: Gotokuji...
Ranked #1 of 196 things to do in Setagaya
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

My teenaged daughter had put this on her list of "must-sees" while in Tokyo - and yes, it was all about the waving cats. While it was a bit of a trek outside the main hub of the city, it was pleasantly quiet and had a serene atmosphere. The back story about how it became the cat temple was really interesting, and all three of my teenaged kids were excited to see the amazing collection of waving cats in all sizes.

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"maneki neko"
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"cat lovers"
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"odakyu line"
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"bit out of the way"
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"good luck"
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"white cat"
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"main entrance"
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"various sizes"
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"beautiful garden"
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"suburban area"
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"storied pagoda"
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"minute walk"
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

There are such legends. A Japanese lord named Naotaka was walking in front of the temple
when he noticed a white cat beckoning to him from inside the temple. He followed the cat.
As soon as he approached the cat, there was a sudden heavy rainfall and the place he stood
before was struck by lighting. His life was saved by the white cat. The cat's name was Tama,
and Tama was the temple priest's cat. This is a quiet place in a residential area of Setagaya,
with the three-storied pagoda. The approach to the temple is surrounded by pine trees, and
it is very nice. A huge number of white beckoning cat is a masterpiece. Tokyu Rail company
ran a tram with beckoning cat as a symbol of the 110th anniversary of Tamagawa Line.

Thank DrJayMic
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

I lived in the neighborhood for 7 years and only recently realized it is THE temple of maneki neko beckoning good luck cats. They are plentiful and just behind the main temple building. Gotokuji has been listed as one of the top attractions in "Offbeat Japan" photo essay book on Amazon Japan and Amazon US.

Thank John L
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

the waving cat is the icon of this temple,you can see lot of them,beside it,it had a nice park too,i bought some waving cat home,will you?

Thank tereence783
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Reviewed 3 February 2018

Gotokuji is cradle of beckoning cat, so many ornaments of cat is in the temple.
People wish goodluck to cats. Three pagada is also seen there. There are many graves in the grounds. One of them is famous Ii naosuke's grave.

By the way, town on the Odakyu line is luxurious in general. By contrast Gotokuji town is very casual. Reasonable pubs and restaurnts are line up. there is a shop that have many cute beckoning cats in the main road.

Thank 246age
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