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, RN64 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 8 July 2023
  • wireless_in_CA
    United States7,429 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,947 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 August 2023
  • JacquelineMa
    Singapore, Singapore782 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 December 2023
  • Emma C
    Godalming, United Kingdom2,933 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 January 2024
  • Hollyhoc
    St. Catharines, Canada20 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 February 2024
  • Margo9999
    Victoria, Canada111 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 March 2024
  • ashdough
    Columbia, Missouri101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go weekday morning to avoid the crowds
    We loved this temple. I’ve read lots of reviews saying the lines to buy your mineki neko and Japanese ema were long, but we visited during the week around 8:30a and there was no line. Took about an hour from Asakusa station. Odakyu Odawara Line Local-You get off at Gotoku-ji OH 10. Then there is a 10 min walk through quaint neighborhood to reach the temple. Worth the trip for a more serene look of outer Tokyo.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 April 2024
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ashdough
Columbia, MO101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We loved this temple.
I’ve read lots of reviews saying the lines to buy your mineki neko and Japanese ema were long, but we visited during the week around 8:30a and there was no line.

Took about an hour from Asakusa station. Odakyu Odawara Line Local-You get off at Gotoku-ji OH 10. Then there is a 10 min walk through quaint neighborhood to reach the temple. Worth the trip for a more serene look of outer Tokyo.
Written 19 April 2024
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Margo9999
Victoria, Canada111 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 21 March 2024
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Hollyhoc
St. Catharines, Canada20 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 15 February 2024
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Emma C
Godalming, UK2,933 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 27 January 2024
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JacquelineMa
Singapore, Singapore782 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 25 December 2023
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Tara B
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Beautiful temple complex - so much to see beyond the beckoning cats! Particularly picturesque in Autumn. The cat street tram we took in Setagaya was very quirky
Written 22 December 2023
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Holidaygirl7779
Aylesbury, UK184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Took us an hour each way from Ginza to get to the temple, but definitely worth the time to visit this unusual temple if you like the lucky cat.
I really enjoyed looking round the beach grounds and seeing the cats, you can buy an Ema for your hopes and prayers and a lucky cat to leave at the temple too.
Written 27 November 2023
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,947 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 19 August 2023
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wireless_in_CA
United States7,429 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 16 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Vayu
Natal, RN64 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 8 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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