Sunday, March 10, 2019

The "Maneki-neko" Temple "Gotokuji"

Gotokuji is the local temple located in Setagaya. The temple is known as the lucky cat temple. Around 4,000 various size lucky cats are displayed in temple. It's a simply overwhelming.

In edo period, the Hikone lord owner Naotaka Ii passed trough Gotokuji, he met saw the cat, which is waving at him to come inside. He was invited to the building by the cat, then suddenly thunderstorm came. Naotaka was grateful to being saved from the thunderstorm and also happy to being able to listen to the words of priests. He promised to build temple and it became known Gogokuji.

Gotokuji is said to be the birth places of the “Maneki-neko”.

Why so many Manekineko are displayed is that you wish on Manekineko, after you wish come true, you back to Manekineko to the temple, you can receive another benefit. So you can find many people's wishes come true.

You can buy one of them from Gotokuji for 8 sizes around 300 (2 cm) yen to 5,000 yen (30 cm).

Why don't you visit Gotokuji to your wishes come true. You can keep the Manekoneko at home until the wish is come true, and visit Gotokuji again to return it at the temple to give thanks.

Address: 2-24-7 Gotokuji, Setagaya-ku Tokyo  154-0021
Admission: Free
Access: A 10-minute walk from Gotokuji station, a 5-minute walk from Miyanosaka station

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