Explore photogenic local cat temple and living area strolling

Gōtoku-ji, also known as the “Gotoku-ji Cat Temple” is a historic temple that dates back to the Edo period. On this tour, you can learn about the history and culture of Gōtoku-ji while experiencing traditional Japanese culture. The temple grounds are filled with cat figurines, making it a must-visit spot for cat lovers. Enjoy the charm of Gōtoku-ji to the fullest while experiencing traditional Japanese culture on this tour.

Gotokuji temple (1480~) is famous for a photo spot of “Manekineko” as lucky charm in Setagaya residential district. The Gotokuji and Manekineko story started when a cat invited the lord to the temple on his way back from falconry.
Around this temple, which is said to bring good luck, there are not only local shopping streets, but also castle ruins, magistrate’s residences, and local trains.

It is a recommended place for those who want to take a leisurely stroll through the local town.

Our knowledgeable local Guide Interpreters will take you on a comfortable and informative journey, allowing you to experience Gotokuji like a local. Discover the best spots for important historical area, shopping, cafe and local confections!

Tour Spots Information

This tour walk from Gotokuji station area to Sangenchaya station where is the local shopping and casual night spots near Shibuya.

This area, which was home to a castle and magistrate’s mansion during the Edo period, has a lot of historical interest. There is a local temple where many cats are dedicated because cats saved samurai from heavy rain by beckoning them, a shrine where Kanjin Sumo was held and where the sumo ring still exists today, castle ruins, magistrate’s mansion ruins, and there is Shoin Shrine, where Shoin Yoshida, who worked for Japan at the Edo periods, is enshrined. You can also see the school that Shoin Yoshida opened there.

In particular, Gotokuji Temple is not only famous as a cat temple, but the temple grounds are so beautiful that it has been selected as one of Setagaya’s top 100 views. Please enjoy not only the cats but also the beautiful garden and five-storied pagoda.

magistrate’s mansion ruins
magistrate’s mansion ruins
Shoin SHrine
School for Samurai
Sumo ring in Setagaya shrine

There are trams running in this area, so it’s fun to travel by tram.

Local tram to Gotokuji

It is also close to Sangenjaya and Shibuya, so many people who are familiar with the cool night spots and local people. It is quieter than Shibuya and is also a busy nightlife area where adults gather.
Sangenjaya has a pedestrian paradise on Sundays, and many people stroll around the city.

Weekend Sangenchaya

Our guide will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel or any preferred place, allowing you to relax and enjoy yourself like a local without the stress of complicated public transport.
Your departure time and course contents will be arranged to suit your schedule.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us by inquiry form.