Gotokuji Temple

In Brief

Buddhist Temple in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

8am - 4:30pm

Free entry

Allow 30 minutes

No regular closing days

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Updated 27 July 2020

About Gotokuji Temple

A buddhist temple hought to be the birthplace of the “maneki neko”, or beckoning cat statues that welcome visitors. Hundreds of the statues can be found scattered around the temple, all offerings left by visitors. The beautiful pagoda - and whimsical origin story - are more reminiscent of Kyoto than Tokyo.