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A visit to Japan’s cat beautiful, quirky, and touching cat temple, Unrinji【Photos】

    Casey Baseel Jun 25, 2020

Often-overlooked temple in one of Japan’s most best sightseeing towns was inspired by the story of a deeply devoted samurai cat.

Located along the northern coast of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the town of Hagi boasts a number of cultural sites. Two of the most famous are Tokoji and Daishoin Temples, where the graves of the region’s daimyo (samurai lords) are located, but there’s another, less-famous temple in Hagi that’s also worth a visit.

Unrinji Temple is about 30 minutes away from Hagi’s city center, and though its name means “clouded forest temple,” it’s also known as the “cat temple.”

Sure enough, as soon as you step up to Unrinji’s gate, you’re greeted by a group of carved wooden at statues, in both traditionally artistic and modernly cute styles. There’s even a large sign reminding visitors that “A world which throws out its cats is a world that will perish.”

In total, there are more than 600 cat statues on the temple grounds and within its main hall. The stand-outs include feline versions of the “speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil” monkeys seen elsewhere in Japan…

…and a serene cat Buddha.

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So why does Unrinji have such a soft spot for cats? According to legend, several centuries ago a prominent samurai who lived in the area passed away. The samurai’s beloved pet cat was so distraught by the loss of its owner that it sat by the samurai’s grave for 49 days until, overcome with grief, it bit down on its own tongue and followed the samurai into the afterlife.

After that, locals reported hearing the plaintive wailing of cats in the middle of the night, until one of Unrinji’s monks performed a service to placate the departed animal’s soul, after which the mysterious meowing stopped.

Despite the somber aspects of the story, Unrinji’s atmosphere isn’t heavy-hearted. There’s actually no shortage of playfulness in the statuary, and you’ll also find adorable cat-themed ema wish boards for sale.

One of the most popular photo spots at Unrinji is this unique pair of maneki neko/beckoning cats. Ordinarily, you’re supposed to keep such figurines in your place of business so that they can beckon in good luck, but Unrinji says that taking a photo of this pair, then using it as your smartphone’s wallpaper image, will provide success in work and financial matters.

Finally, if seeing all these cats has you feeling like you’re about to turn into one yourself, the temple also has a collection of carved cat masks, which you can slip on to complete the process.

Oh, and if you somehow manage to pull yourself away from the cat temple and want to know what else Hagi has to offer, we’ve got a few suggestions right here.

Temple information
Unrinji / 雲林寺
Address: Yamaguchi-ken, Hagi-shi, Kibekami 2489
山口県萩市吉部上2489
Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Gotokuji Temple – Cats, Cats, Cats, and . Cats? Meow

I’m sure many of us out there are familiar with the beckoning cat that greets customers in front of Japanese restaurants and stores. Known as the maneki neko, or literally «the beckoning cat», the small doll is believed to be a lucky charm that brings in customers and money into the shop.

While there are several legends about the origins of this cat charm, one of the widely known story regards Gotokuji as the place of origin. Legend holds that the maneki neko originated back in Edo period, when a feudal lord from Hikone (a city in present-day Shiga Prefecture) passed by a temple in Edo. There, he met a cat that beckoned him to come into the temple. The lord followed the cat and decided to stop by the temple; soon after, a thunderstorm came by. The lord, who took shelter at the temple, became thankful of the cat’s deed; eventually, he collected enough funds to rebuild and claim the temple as his family temple, which eventually became Gotokuji. As time went on, people began to offer maneki neko figurines to the temple as a sign of gratitude when their wishes came true.

Today, the maneki neko is also considered to be the infamous model for the mascot of Hikone City, Hiko-nyan.

Where The Cats Live

Gotokuji is located in the quiet Setagaya Ward of Tokyo, away from the hustle and the bustle of the city. Walk through the narrow residential streets for about 15 to 20 minutes, and you’ll find the temple nestled away from the train tracks and major roads.

The temple complex itself is very pretty, especially if you go during the spring season when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom (let’s face it– cherry blossoms just makes everything so much better).

And then of course, there are the cats– waiting for you towards the corner of the temple in a small area with shelves dedicated to stacking as many cats as possible.

So many of them!

They’re even on the ema boards, which you can write your wish and hang for it to come true.

Overall, the temple’s definitely a great place to experience a different side of Tokyo, one that’s away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city. It’s in a quiet, nice residential area, surrounded by small mom-and-pop shops and narrow streets. It’s a beautiful walk from the station to the temple during the spring season when cherry blossoms are in full-bloom. If you want to check out a quiet, quirky temple instead of the various famous and tourist-oriented shrines and temples in Tokyo, Gotokuji might be a trip worth making!

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