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One-day trip to Gotokuji Temple》One-day trip to Umegaoka Lucky Neko Shrine and Midori Sushi

by Ryu_C@RakuRakuJP

Umegaoka day trip itinerary in Tokyo

Someone said,Hotokuji Temple is the place with the most lucky cats in Tokyo

When you travel to Tokyo, besides going to Asakusa Kaminarimon Temple, Tsukiji Outer Market, or shopping in Shinjuku, Ginza, and Harajuku, what places do you think of going?

In fact, there is another place in Tokyo that is worth visiting for all cat lovers, and that is the "Setagaya District" located in the west of Tokyo. It is only a 15-minute ride from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo. arrive. Here you can not only see the lucky cat-themed Gotokuji Temple, but also have lunch at a sushi restaurant. It is a scenic spot where you can experience the leisurely side of Tokyo.

Recommended itinerary for a one-day trip: Depart from Shinjuku Station in the morning, and first go to Hotokuji Temple to pay homage. At about 12:00 noon, I went to Meiqiu Meidenli for sushi lunch, and at about 14:00 pm, I took the Odakyu Electric Railway back to Shinjuku Station.

Wat Hau Dek – the birthplace of the Lucky Cat

It has been said that Gotokuji Temple in Umeda is the place where the most lucky cats gather in Tokyo. I didn't really think about what this sentence meant before I set off. I didn't really understand what it was until I arrived at Haode Temple in person.

Tokyo Attractions, Gotokuji Maneki Neko Shrine
Aren't the beckoning cat Guanyin and the beckoning cat in Haode Temple very cute? (Click to enlarge the picture)

It is said that Gotokuji Temple in Setagaya District is the birthplace of beckoning cats, so when you walk in, you will find yourself surrounded by a large number of beckoning cats. The beckoning cats in Haode Temple are mainly white, and there are no black beckoning cats that are usually seen.

The beckoning cats here are very interesting, they all raise their right hands as if they want to call me over, as if they want to turn all human beings into cat slaves. However, the beckoning cat in Haode Temple is a little different from ordinary beckoning cats, that is, when the beckoning cat here raises its right hand, its left hand does not hold the small gold coin.

Tokyo Attractions, Gotokuji Maneki Neko Shrine
When you stare into the cat's eyes, the cat's eyes also stare into you

The people who worship in Haode Temple are mainly local residents, and there are some tourists who come here because of the lucky cat, but overall the crowd is not very large.

However, it is worth noting that Haode Temple is a place of worship, not a commercial photo spot. You will find that everyone really came here to worship and visit the beckoning cats, so everyone took pictures very quietly, and then went to the case office to buy a few beckoning cats to go home.

Lucky cats are basically not very expensive, and the smallest one is only about ¥500. If you are worried that the lucky cat is too big and will not fit in the suitcase, choose the smallest one which is only about 5cm, so don’t worry. If you want to buy a few more as gifts for friends, basically there will be no major problems.

Where to Buy Lucky Cats at Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo
It only takes a little money to bring a lucky cat home. (Click to enlarge the picture)

In addition, Gotokuji Temple is also a place suitable for admiring the garden. The scenery is different throughout the year. Every year, cherry blossoms, green leaves, red leaves, and snow scenes are waiting for those who plan to visit the beckoning cat. Compared with the busy streets of Tokyo, this side is an environment that can make you slow down.

Open information of Haode Temple

Address: 〒154-0021 2-24-7 Gotokuji Temple, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 06:00 – 18:00 (spring, summer), 06:00 – 17:00 (autumn, winter)

Transportation: From Shinjuku Odakyu Station, take the Odakyu train to Gotokuji Station, then walk for about 15 minutes to Gotokuji Temple
Recommended itinerary: Depart from central Tokyo at 08:00 in the morning, and arrive at Houde Temple at 09:00 in the morning. Arrange a 45-minute visit, take pictures, and buy a lucky cat at Haode Temple.

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Umegaoka Sushi Midori Head Office

After you spend about an hour visiting the temple, you can walk slowly from the temple to Meiqiu Sushi Meidenli main store for lunch.

Although Umegaoka Sushi Midori Main Store is a chain store with branches in Shibuya and Ginza in Tokyo, the price of the set meal is very favorable. Now that I have the opportunity to come to the main store in Meiqiu, I really can't find a reason to refuse to go.

Umegaoka Sushi Midori main store has a variety of options for lunch, ranging from the cheapest sushi set at ¥1,000 to the highest priced set at ¥3,000. Basically every one of them is worth eating, but actually which one to eat depends on how much of your lunch budget you can spend.

However, it is worth noting that since Umegaoka Sushi Midori's branches in Shibuya and Ginza have to wait in line for a certain amount of time to enter the store, of course the same situation will exist in this store. So if you are planning to eat sushi, it is recommended that you arrive at the Meiqiu Sushi Meidenli Main Store earlier, or use their reservation mobile app to save time in line.

Meals at Tokyo Meiqiu Midori Sushi
The price of the sushi set menu at Umegaoka Sushi Meidenli's main store is about ¥3,500. (Click to enlarge the picture)

To put it simply, if you want to reduce the queuing time, it is recommended that you arrive at around 11:00 am during lunch time, because the restaurant will close at 15:00 pm from Monday to Friday, and you will eat if you queue up too late less than. Or set off at 16:30 in the afternoon to wait in line for dinner, so that when the dinner time starts, you can enter the store to enjoy dinner immediately.

Under normal circumstances, the consumption per person is not very high. As long as you don't drink a lot of Japanese alcohol, you can eat a lot of sushi for about ¥5,000 per person. At the same time, Umegaoka Sushi Midori Main Store is also a chain store. All sushi and set meals will be clearly marked with the price. Even if it is the first time to go to this kind of sushi restaurant in Japan, there is no need to worry.

Umegaoka Sushi Midori main store business information

Address: 〒154-0022 Umegaoka 1-20-7, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: 11:00 – 15:00 / 17:00 -21:00 (weekday business arrangement), 11:00 -21:00 (weekend business arrangement)

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