Mar/3 - 4  Daruma Market at Jindaiji Temple

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 from 3/3 '21 to 3/4 '21

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As a part of Ganzan Daishi Festival, the largest of Jindaiji Temple events, Daruma Doll Market will open on 3rd and 4th of March.
Daruma doll is modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism, and is regarded as a talisman of good luck in Japan, hence very popular.
There will be some 300 street stalls selling Daruma Dolls in Jindaiji Temple, and lots of people will come after the dolls making the temple so busy and crowded. Daruma Dolls are sold with no eyes painted on the face.
Visitors can bring their new no-eyes Daruma dolls and have the Sanskrit character 阿(pronounced "ah") painted on their left eye (which has the meaning of the beginning of good-luck) , and in the right eye of the old doll have the Sanskrit character 吽(pronounced "unn") painted to indicate the fulfillment of the wish.
One of the highlights of this festival is the Oneri Procession performed by the temple's monks. You would feel as if you were time-travelling into the Heian Period while watching the Oneri Gyoretsu Parade where the monks wearing gorgeous robes march around the temple.

Datews : March 3 - 4, every year
Hours : 9:00 - 19:00 *Daruma eyes-opening : 9:00 - 17:00
Access : Jindaiji Temple can be reached by bus (25 to 30 minutes) from Mitaka Sta. or Kichijoji Sta. on JR Chuo Line, or from Tsutsujigaoka Sta. or Chofu Sta. on Keio Line.

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Reviews

5.02 months ago

As expected, very busy on the first day of the year! But a wonderful destination nonetheless, and I'm looking forward to visiting again on a calmer day.

5.07 months ago

The temple itself is quite impressive, but really the whole area is worth a visit, especially the botanical gardens. Soba noodle town.

4.06 months ago

Temple with interesting history and connection to おみくじ (fortune) with unusual statues and spacious grounds.

5.0a month ago

Jindaiji temple, one of the oldest in Tokyo, dating back to 7-800AD, unbelievable place and so peaceful, one of my favorites so far.
The ride there was really good too. It off the beaten path so less crowded

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5.0a year ago

What a beautiful temple. I had an absolutely amazing time here today. A very kind and extremely generous Japanese man gave us a free, full on tour explaining the history as we went, all out of the goodness of his heart. It brought so much color and depth to the experience. What a blessing.

If anyone of you are ever interested in reading up on the history, read the book he published! You will not regret it! (Photo included in the review).