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Come on Happy, Gotokuji!!


In this article,I introduce Gotokuji temple.
It’s located in Setagaya-Ku,Tokyo,Japan.

Nearest station is Tokyu Setagaya line Miyanosaka station.
But you can walk from Odakyu line Gotokuji station about 10 minutes.

I got on Setagaya line from Yamashita station to Miyanosita station.
Yamashita station is located in front of Odakyu line Gotokuji station.

Setagaya line is tram.
Previously there were many trams in Tokyo.
But now,Trams are only 2 lines.
Setagaya line and Arakawa line only.
It’s because of increase of cars and development of city.

I love tram very much.
I think tram makes time flow slowly.
So,every time I travel to city where tram runs,I always get on.
To get on all trams in Japan is one of my dream!
(About 20 lines run in Japan)

Tokyu Setagaya line Yamashita Station.The Yellow composition.
Tokyu Setagaya line Yamashita Station.The Yellow composition.

 

Now We got to Gotokuji temple.

Entrance of Gotokuji temple.
Entrance of Gotokuji temple.

I went to Gotokuji temple September 28th 2014,tree was still beautiful green.
I suppose that autumn color will be also beautiful.

Gotokuji temple.Beautiful street.
Gotokuji temple.Beautiful street.

 

Gotokuji temple.Shiny green leaves.
Gotokuji temple.Shiny green leaves.

 

Gotokuji temple.Green leaves and old gate.
Gotokuji temple.Green leaves and old gate.

 

And I was surprised that there was triple tower in Gotokuji.

Gotokuji temple.Triple tower.
Gotokuji temple.Triple tower.

When it comes to Gotokuji temple,it is famous for “Manekineko”.
It means “Beckoning cat”.In other English expression,means “welcoming cat”, “lucky cat”, “money cat”, “happy cat”, or “fortune cat” and so on.
According to one estimate,beginning of Manekineko is from Gotokuji temple.
So here are many Manekineko.

Gotokuji temple,Manekineko
Gotokuji temple,Manekineko
Gotokuji temple,Manekineko
Gotokuji temple,Manekineko

 

Gotokuji temple,Manekineko
Gotokuji temple,Manekineko

 

Gotokuji temple,Manekineko
Gotokuji temple,Manekineko

 

Gotokuji temple,Manekineko
Gotokuji temple,Manekineko

 

Gotokuji temple,Manekineko
Gotokuji temple,Manekineko

 

Gotokuji temple,Manekineko
Gotokuji temple,Manekineko

To be honest,I was a little scared….

Gotokuji temple is very historical place.
For example,The bell is designated to cultural assets by Setagaya ward.

Gotokuji temple.Bell.
Gotokuji temple.Bell.

 

And,There is a Tomb of Naosuke Ii.
He served as tairo(Chief Minister in Edo Bakufu) at the end of Edo period.
But he was assassinated Sakuradamon Incident in 1860.

Gotokuji temple.Tomb of Naosuke Ii.
Gotokuji temple.Tomb of Naosuke Ii.

The last photo is general view of Gotokuji temple.
Here is quiet and beautiful.
I recommend to visit.
I’m going to visit in autumn next time.
If you go in summer,be aware to mosquito.
Last year Dengue fever was spread in Japan.
It’s come from mosquito.

Enjoy safely!!

Information
Nearest station : 5 minutes walk from Miyanosaka Station / Tokyu Setagaya Line, 10 minutes walk from Gotokuji Station / Odakyu Line
Entrance Fee : Free
Open : Not determined
Holiday : No

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Gotokuji temple.General view.
Gotokuji temple.General view.