Gotokuji Temple
Gotokuji Temple
4.5
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Vayu
    Natal, RN62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A cat lover heaven
    A pretty standard experience. The place is big, they have a lot of interesting architecture there, a small shop where many sizes of lucky cats and some luck charms are sold and a place where the lucky charms can be put, a cemetery... the special thing is the cat themed experience. It is said a cat brought samurais to a starving monk and which that was the beginning of the temple.
    Visited January 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • wireless_in_CA
    United States5,029 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful
    This was nice side trip via the subway and train from Tokyo. After exiting the Gotokuji train station we walked through Setagaya City on our way to the temple. When we arrived none of the buildings were open except for the gift shop where visitors could purchase cat statues or good luck charms. The temple grounds itself were smaller than I expected. The cemetery next door actually seemed a lot larger. However, the grounds were beautifully landscaped and great for photos. Most of the visitors gravitated towards the cats. There were so many of the cat statues, large and small, staged in the open or stacked on shelves. Look for the unique cat statues that were customized with hats(wizard, cowboy, Vietnamese Non La).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,917 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must if you love Japan's Beckoning Cat
    We went out of our way to visit Gotokuji Temple. MY wife loves the Maneki-nekos around Japan so we thought this would be the perfect stop while on a recent road trip. The temple grounds are beautiful and the hundreds or thousands of maneki-neko figurines are a bonus. I've never seen so many in one place it was pretty amazing. You can even buy a beckoning cat here if you want as a souvenir or to place at the shine.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • JacquelineMa
    Singapore, Singapore667 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quirky quiet little temple away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo
    Lovely little temple nestled in the residential area of Gotoku-ji. It’s quite easy to get there, take to local train on the Odakyu line from Shinjuku. Once you get to Gotokuji station, you can either get on the Setagaya tram and take one stop to Miyanosaka station or walk there. The temple isn’t crowded instead it was quiet on a late. Saturday morning with a few visitors. There’s only a small area where you can see all the lucky cat figurines. Unfortunately the stall selling amulets were all out of lucky cats. For Goshuin collectors, they hand out pre-made ones instead of writing in your goshuin booklet. You need to pay a 300 yen contribution. There’s another temple called the Setagaya Hachimangu that’s about 10 minutes walk away on the other side of the Miyanosaka station of the Setagaya line.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 25, 2023
  • Emma C
    Godalming, United Kingdom2,363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love it!
    I'd visited Gotokuji once before a few years ago. It was definitely busier this time, but it was still really great. We had a lovely wander around. It is quirky, full of charm, and away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. I'd definitely recommend it. Try to meet Tama-san, one of the resident cats...so cute!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 27, 2024
  • Hollyhoc
    St. Catharines, Canada17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Ultimate Neko Neko experience!
    The loveliest temple in Tokyo! Go visit Tama-san, the resident cat ( I hear he likes ear scratches). A must visit in lovely Setagaya! Take the neko train and make a day of it!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 15, 2024
  • Margo9999
    Victoria, Canada94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neat experience with the mineki neko
    This temple was a bit off the beaten tourist path, but worth the trek. It was a beautiful sunny day and the temple and surrounding neighbourhood was quiet. The story behind the mineki neko is that the resident kitty at the temple saved an Abbott from a lightening strike, and so people now place kitties as a prayer for good luck and security . The kitty shrine was more impressive in person, and of course 2 came home. We placed one behind for good fortune and security.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 21, 2024
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Abbie H
Iwaki, Japan12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Supposedly the lucky cat statue started at this temple. It’s a nice little trip to the quiet suburbs of Tokyo. There wasn’t a lot to the shrine/temple and most of the other parts of the temple were closed as it was a Sunday. But as it’s outside of the main touristy areas, I would guess that even on a weekday or Saturday it would not be very busy at all. There was only one other photographer there around 10am. The number of statues is impressive but since the temple stores were closed I couldn’t buy any statues to contribute. You can also buy ema or wooden plaques to make a wish (when the store is open).
If you’re a huge cat or lucky cat fan it might be worth the pilgrimage, but if you’re only in Tokyo a couple days then maybe skip it. It’s two trains and about a half an hour away from Shibuya in central Tokyo. I went there and back in about 1.5 hours.
Side note: If you’re a Ghibli fan the Shiro-Hige (Totoro) Cream Puff bakery is also in Setagaya-Ku so you could also go there on your way from/back to central Tokyo.
Written March 15, 2020
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wireless_in_CA
United States5,029 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This was nice side trip via the subway and train from Tokyo.

After exiting the Gotokuji train station we walked through Setagaya City on our way to the temple.

When we arrived none of the buildings were open except for the gift shop where visitors could purchase cat statues or good luck charms.

The temple grounds itself were smaller than I expected. The cemetery next door actually seemed a lot larger. However, the grounds were beautifully landscaped and great for photos.

Most of the visitors gravitated towards the cats. There were so many of the cat statues, large and small, staged in the open or stacked on shelves. Look for the unique cat statues that were customized with hats(wizard, cowboy, Vietnamese Non La).
Written July 16, 2023
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,917 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We went out of our way to visit Gotokuji Temple. MY wife loves the Maneki-nekos around Japan so we thought this would be the perfect stop while on a recent road trip. The temple grounds are beautiful and the hundreds or thousands of maneki-neko figurines are a bonus. I've never seen so many in one place it was pretty amazing. You can even buy a beckoning cat here if you want as a souvenir or to place at the shine.
Written August 19, 2023
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Margo9999
Victoria, Canada94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This temple was a bit off the beaten tourist path, but worth the trek. It was a beautiful sunny day and the temple and surrounding neighbourhood was quiet. The story behind the mineki neko is that the resident kitty at the temple saved an Abbott from a lightening strike, and so people now place kitties as a prayer for good luck and security . The kitty shrine was more impressive in person, and of course 2 came home. We placed one behind for good fortune and security.
Written March 21, 2024
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Vayu
Natal, RN62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A pretty standard experience. The place is big, they have a lot of interesting architecture there, a small shop where many sizes of lucky cats and some luck charms are sold and a place where the lucky charms can be put, a cemetery... the special thing is the cat themed experience. It is said a cat brought samurais to a starving monk and which that was the beginning of the temple.
Written July 8, 2023
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GreatWalk Japan Travel Services
Tokyo, Japan95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you’re visiting Tokyo you have to venture out to Western Tokyo and see the home of the “waving cat.” This temple is really special and well worth the trek!

Take the Odakyu line from Shinjuku Station to Gotokuji Station. Once at Gotokuji follow the signs to the temple (south). It’s about a 10 minute walk from the station.

The temple is free of charge and has a small gift shop.
Written February 15, 2020
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Elissa
Los Angeles, CA595 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I've been to Japan 5 times, and this is one of my favorite temples... It is the birth place of the maneki-neko, the good luck cat... hence all the cats at the temple. It is pretty remote, but near a train station. However, it's nearly impossible to get a taxi from the area or station-- I had to walk to Lawson and have them call a taxi for me. Definitely worth a visit though!
Written January 30, 2020
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Emma C
Godalming, UK2,363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I'd visited Gotokuji once before a few years ago. It was definitely busier this time, but it was still really great. We had a lovely wander around. It is quirky, full of charm, and away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. I'd definitely recommend it. Try to meet Tama-san, one of the resident cats...so cute!
Written January 27, 2024
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Meiz
Singapore, Singapore464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Go there early as the temple opens early and it was nice to walk around and enjoy the temple grounds. A cute temple especially for kids with all the cats around. And you can purchase your own Maneki-neko to bring home.

A very instagrammable temple with a lot of people posing!
Written February 28, 2023
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Hollyhoc
St. Catharines, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The loveliest temple in Tokyo! Go visit Tama-san, the resident cat ( I hear he likes ear scratches). A must visit in lovely Setagaya! Take the neko train and make a day of it!
Written February 15, 2024
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