Mar/3 - 4  Daruma Market at Jindaiji Temple

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Mar/3 - 4  Daruma Market at Jindaiji Temple3.5

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 from 3/3 '20 to 3/4 '20


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, 2020
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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4.02 weeks ago

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

5.08 months 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).

5.05 months ago

Located in the western part of Tokyo in Chofu City is the third oldest Buddhist temple in the Tokyo area, known as Jindai-ji (Jindai Temple) and attached to it is a large botanical garden with various flower gardens, a large greenhouse and other scenic features. It's free to visit the temple grounds, but there is a 500 yen fee for entrance to the expansive botanical gardens.

I was traveling here for the purpose of introducing the temple and its vast botanical gardens to my visiting friend, Scott, who himself is a gardener and landscaper from the Big Island of Hawaii.

The many photos I took give you a good idea of how the temple grounds are laid out and what the commercial area that precedes it is comprised of. Jindai Temple is famous for one other reason: soba — the traditional Japanese buckwheat noodles served either cold or warm with a variety of toppings. There are quite a few soba restaurants located at the entrance street of the temple grounds, but since we came to the the temple on a rainy April 1st by car, we parked at a soba restaurant that included free parking when you eat at their place, shown in the first photo below.

In addition to the famous and delicious soba noodles, there are several other specialty foods on sale as well as many souvenirs at the colorful and friendly particular, one of the soba restaurants has its own koi pond, which is particularly beautiful, especially when the cherry trees are in bloom as was the case when we visited. I’ve eaten there on previous visits specifically to enjoy the views of the serene green pond whose inhabitants include the koi fish ( similar to goldfish) and green aquatic turtles.

Just above the temple itself is the entrance to the Jindaiji Botanical Gardens, which is well worth an longer visit. When my friend was here, we also toured quite a few other sightseeing spots in Tokyo, including the Sky Tree, Asakusa Temple, and a ride down the Sumida River in a boat, as well as a stroll on the beaches and at the exhibits on Odaiba Seaside Park. But he found the scenic beauty of the garden and plant life of Jindai-ji Temple and the adjacent Botanical Gardens to be the most memorable.

5.0a month ago

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

5.05 months ago

A beautiful temple next to a wonderful botanical garden and dog run.
There are traditional streets sellers making delicious soba noodles, manju and dango. There are also pottery workshops available.
Once a month, on the 17th, it’s possible to have a special goshuin that protects from illnesses and wards off evil.