Gotoku-ji

The Maneki-Neko temple in Tokyo

Just a few minutes from Tokyo bustling districts such as Shinjuku or Shibuya, is Setagaya Ward. You'll dive into it to get to Gotokuji, a temple considered at the origin of the well known Maneki-Neko: the cat that welcomes visitors with its right paw up in the air.

There are several ways to go to Gotoku-ji, but I advise you take the train (at least on the way trip). After stopping at the eponymous station, walk a few minutes in the quiet and very pleasant Setagaya neighborhood. Along the way, some indices are scattered through drawings of cats everywhere in the streets.

Gotoku-ji complex itself is quite large and consists of several buildings, including a main lodge, a pagoda and the Ii clan cemetery. Older people from the neighborhood come to stroll, take their lunch or paint nature that everyone can contemplate.

We had the opportunity to visit Gotokuji during the momiji season and red maple trees are relatively numerous inside the temple area. There are also ginkgo biloba. In any case, the scenery is sublime in this season.

But the main point of interest of the visit, for many of you, will be this impressive place of worship for Maneki-Neko: small in size but incredible by the number of statues it holds. There are countless cats of all sizes, forming a whole shrine which is likely to entertain many people. It's also possible to buy a Manekineko the shop nearby (prices go up to 5.000¥ for larger ones)!

Upon leaving Gotokuji, take the opportunity to catch the tram nearby, generally not used so much when traveling to Tokyo, to continue your visits of the day.

Review this place
5/5 (1 vote)
Kanpai's opinion

Gotoku-ji photo gallery

  • gotoku-ji-18
  • gotoku-ji-1
  • gotoku-ji-2
  • gotoku-ji-3
  • gotoku-ji-4
  • gotoku-ji-5
  • gotoku-ji-6
  • gotoku-ji-7
  • gotoku-ji-8
  • gotoku-ji-9
  • gotoku-ji-10
  • gotoku-ji-11
  • gotoku-ji-12
  • gotoku-ji-13
  • gotoku-ji-14
  • gotoku-ji-15
  • gotoku-ji-16
  • gotoku-ji-17
  • gotoku-ji-19
  • gotoku-ji-20
  • gotoku-ji-21
  • gotoku-ji-22
  • gotoku-ji-23
  • gotoku-ji-24
  • gotoku-ji-25
  • gotoku-ji-26
  • gotoku-ji-27
  • gotoku-ji-28

Information

Use Google Maps
Enlarge map
View the whole map of Japan

How to get to Gotoku-ji

By train -- Odakyu company, Odawara Line, Gotokuji station (15 minutes from Shinjuku) and a 12 minute walk

By tram -- Tokyu company, Setagaya line, Miyanosaka station and a 3 minute walk

By taxi -- Address: 2-24-7 Gotokuji, Setagaya-ku 154-0021 Tokyo

Location unreachable with the JR Pass

Get there with a rental car

Admission

Free

Opening hours

Open every day from 9am to 5pm

How long / when to visit

Ideal in autumn

In Japanese

豪徳寺

Weather in Tokyo

Today
14 / 21°C
Tomorrow
13 / 17°C

Connexion internet

Stay connected with a Pocket Wifi in Japan

Related topics

Gotoku-ji guides

Q&A

Kotaete

Ask a question

Travel Companions

Isshoni

Search for companions

Day trips from Gotoku-ji (Western Tokyo)