Lovely grounds to chill out in, and a small cat temple for cat lovers. Very quiet and out the way, but if you are in the vicinity, worth a visit.
Gotokuji is located in the beautiful suburb of Setagaya in Tokyo's west. I live in the area, and happened upon it while I was on an afternoon walk - I had no idea about it before! It's beautifully kept with moss covered grounds, a peaceful forest, pagoda, temple, cemetery and of course, the lucky cats! I seriously haven't seen anything... More
I had heard about this temple on a blog and was intrigued about the presence of so many Lucky cats (the famous statute of the white cat waving his paw) that I had to find it. So, off we trekked to the area of Setagaya- not usually a part of Tokyo explored by tourists particularly those with limited time in... More
If you are familiar with the White Cat who sits and waves his/her right paw, this is your place to visit. In a residential neighborhood of Setagaya, just 7 miles from Roppongi. If you are into walking, it is a delightful walk. If you go late November/early December, you will see all of the Japanese maples in blazing red.
I lived near this temple and often stopped here during my cycling rides. This temple is where the japanes good luck cat charm "Maneki Neko" supposedly lived. You can find hundreds of big & little cat statues in this temple. The entrance is via a lane flanked by old impressive cypresses. The temple is very quiet and not only has... More
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