A Must See For Cat Lovers! Gotokuji is full of Manekineko!
There is the origin of the Maneki Neko. Naotaka Ii (1590 - 1659), a daimyo (feudal lord) of the Edo Period, was believed to have been saved from a thunderstorm by a cat inviting him into this temple. Since then, Maneki Neko have been enshrined here as they're believed to bring luck. These cats are all offerings from visitors to the temple. The cats are believed to make wishes come true. Some people believe that by offering them to the Gotokuji after their wishes came true, their good fortune would stay with them. It's because of this belief that so many cats have found their way here.
Japan, 〒154-0021 Tōkyō-to, Setagaya-ku, Gōtokuji, ２丁目24−7
08:00 - 16:30