Gotokuji Temple Travel Guide

Gotokuji Temple
Come visit the birthplace of the maneki-neko (lucky cat) and say “hello” to the large and small cat statues that fill Gotokuji Temple.

Nearby Food Experiences

Nearby Restaurants


Kiraku (Kyodo)

Accessible in just 20 minutes from Shibuya and Shinjuku, Kiraku offers Michelin-starred sushi for much lower prices than in downtown.
Lunch: ¥6,000-13,000
Dinner: ¥10,000-14,999


This Setagaya okonomiyaki shop brings an authentic taste of Hiroshima to Tokyo at a great price, with Michelin Bib Gourmand status to show for it.
Dinner: ¥1,000-5,000


When you want to enjoy awesome seafood and great drinks with friends in a casual atmosphere, Jijii is the restaurant to visit.
Lunch: ¥5,000-6,000
Dinner: ¥5,000-6,000

Seki Hanare

Antique decor and dishware coupled with fresh, vibrant omakase courses have made this Michelin Bib Gourmand kaiseki restaurant a hidden gem in Tokyo’s Setagaya district.
Dinner: ¥10,000-15,000

Located outside of Tokyo’s bustling center, Gotokuji Temple is the perfect place for a close but great escape. This temple is famous for maneki-neko, the iconic cats that have their right paw raised as a sign of good luck. With its growing popularity, visitors from all around the world visit to witness these cat statues or purchase Japanese fortunes or ema plaques. Enjoy the hundreds of cats displayed throughout the temple, and be sure to snap a commemorative photo.

There are many places to explore on the temple grounds, such as the gorgeous gardens. The traditional Japanese buildings provide a calm atmosphere, making the stroll along the temple very relaxing. Visitors are able to see the gravestones of the li clan at the cemetery. It is a unique experience, as cemeteries in Japan are normally locked.

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