Hidden out deep in Setagaya, this ‘cat temple’ is thought to be the origin of maneki neko, Japan’s famous ‘beckoning cat’ that serves as a symbol of good luck. Gotokuji may seem ordinary at first glance – until you see the army of cat figurines sitting in the corner next to the temple. These figurines are sold at the administration building and customarily returned to the shelf after wishes are granted. See how many hidden feline motifs you can spot across the site, which is also known for its beautiful autumn leaves.
2-24-7 Gotokuji, Setagaya-ku
|Transport:||Gotokuji Station (Odakyu line); Miyanosaka Station (Tokyu Setagaya line)|