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Gotoku-ji Temple (豪徳寺)

A Soto Buddhist temple located in 2 Chome Gotokuji, Setagaya City, Tokyo. The temple was built in 1480 by Kira Masatada, then lord of Setagaya Castle. According to a historical anecdote, a man named Ii Naotaka, the second lord of Hikone Domain (which also ruled Setagaya subsequently), escaped being struck by lightning after a cat beckoned him to enter the temple, and thus the temple is also said to be the origin of Japan's famed maneki-neko beckoning cat figures. Countless beckoning cat figures are arranged around the temple's grounds, and many tourists visit the temple to see this stunning sight.


Tokyo Setagaya-ku Goutokuji 2-24-7 (Ebisu / Daikanyama / JiyugaokaArea)

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Review of Gotokuji Temple

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Reviewed:2020/03/15 Temple of the Lucky Cat statue:Origins
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...
Reviewed:2020/03/15 Beautiful local temple and shrine!
This is a lovely local try and temple with lots of fun things to say. The pagoda and landscaping are gorgeous and of course all of those cats make for amazing photos
Reviewed:2020/03/06 Cat Temple
Very quiet temple located outside the hustle and bustle of the city. A perfect retreat for cat lovers and peace-seekers, who dont need the fanciness of huge, extravagant temples to calm their inner...

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Tokyo Setagaya-ku Goutokuji 2-24-7 [map]
Ebisu / Daikanyama / JiyugaokaArea
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