Many Japanese owners of shops and restaurants put a figure of the cat “Maneki Neko” at the entrances of their establishments. The cat is a kind of talisman that brings happiness and prosperity to the owner.
These figures are so popular that a special temple was built for them, which is located behind this gate.
The creation of this space is associated with a legend. It tells the story of a wealthy feudal lord named Hikone who, during a storm, had taken refuge under a tree near Gotokuji.
Suddenly he saw a small cat which had come up to him to get a closer look.
When he walked away from the tree, he heard a huge bang. It turned out that a branch had been struck by lightning.