Mar/3 - 4 Daruma Market at Jindaiji Temple3.5
from 3/3 '21 to 3/4 '21
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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4.0a month ago
Nice little temple. The surrounding has a lot of soba stuff, which is nice. The temple itself is not too special in my opinion.
5.05 months ago
I was deeply impressed with the large temple in the over crowded Tokyo. Indeed, your
town can be proud of its history and the magnetic power.
5.08 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.
4.0a month ago
A very beautiful temple.
Out of Tokyo, so it was quiet.
Good soba, good mochi.
5.0a week ago
I was expecting a much more crowded place, it was quiet and beautifull. If you visit the botanical garden Jindaiji, don't miss the temple and the "food street" - soba traditional restaurants.
There is also a water mill museum. Don't miss it also.