Gotoku-ji: Temple for Cat Lovers

A serene temple holding the origin of the lucky cat

By Chelsea Bailey    - 1 min read

Maneki neko, meaning "beckoning cat," is believed to bring prosperity and luck to its owner. While there are various beliefs on where this popular Japanese figurine originated, the most ubiquitous story holds Gotoku-ji as its origin. Located in a peaceful suburb of Setagaya, Gotoku-ji is only a ten minute walk from Miyanozaka Station (Setagaya Line). Due to being located in a quiet part of town, the temple is rarely busy, conducive to a personal experience. Filled with lush trees, ornate architecture, and, of course, lots of cats, you will experience a temple with a unique touch.

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Chelsea Bailey

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