For those interested in the contrast between the old and new Tokyo, visit this temple in the Shiba Park. The temple is a headquarters of Jodo ('pure land') sect of Buddhism, which rose to prominence in the 17th century when the Tokugawa shogunate rulers selected it as their family temple. A mausoleum of six generation of the Tokugawa shogun can be found on the precincts.
The majestic front gate, Sangedatsu, in black and vermilion colors, is one of the few original structures that remain from the 17th century. Another gate, Daimon, about 500m away, is a great photo spot with Tokyo Tower in the background. Near this temple runs the road which was originally a main foot highway between Kyoto and Tokyo.
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5.03 months ago
Great temple. Very peaceful and elegant.
Be sure you visit also the mausoleum behind the temple, the gallery and all the shrines around. There's also a cemetery where access is denied and photographs are not permitted... and on the side it was a long string of baby statues with toy wind mills... see the pics
Free entrance to all of the above.
5.02 months ago
We can see monk's chanting a Buddhist sutra around 5:00PM luckily.
We also saw monk strikes big bell as well on this time. It is really good and holy sounds.
Here is the one of good temple to visit.
5.02 months ago
Beautiful temple, huge grounds. If you go around the back of the temple you will find the Tokugawa family mausoleum. We were lucky enough to see a wedding here as well.
5.03 months ago
One of my favorite temples. Expansive grounds. Even though there are always a few tourists around, it still feels quite solitary. It's a working temple too, with many civic events held there. It was also a location for a Wolverine movie.
5.0a month ago
Zojoji Temple (増上寺, Zōjōji) is the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism in the Kanto Region. Standing next to Tokyo Tower, the temple grounds consist of some impressive structures as well as a mausoleum of the Tokugawa family and a small museum.
Most of Zojoji's current buildings are recent reconstructions except for the main entrance gate, the Sangedatsumon, which has survived many fires, earthquakes and wars and dates from 1622.
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Temple is an ancient temple on the increase, placing the Tokugawa family cemetery. In the temple can be seen towering over Tokyo Tower behind it. Most impressive to me is in the Temple of the thousand bodhisattva, 1200 bodhisattva statue...
Temple is an ancient temple on the increase, placing the Tokugawa family cemetery. In the temple can be seen towering over Tokyo Tower behind it. Most impressive to me is in the Temple of the thousand bodhisattva, 1200 bodhisattva statue with a windmill rows side by side, it's really magnificent.
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Increased due to buried in the temple on the six generals of Tokugawa clan and some of its relatives are known. Keio 3 (1867), the last General of the Edo shogunate Tokugawa to return power to Emperor Meiji, Japan officially enters the M...
Increased due to buried in the temple on the six generals of Tokugawa clan and some of its relatives are known. Keio 3 (1867), the last General of the Edo shogunate Tokugawa to return power to Emperor Meiji, Japan officially enters the Meiji era, begins the Meiji Restoration. Japan plays an important role in history. Temple in the increase can enjoy the ambience of the Tokugawa era. Is located in the entrance of three East Japan's oldest and largest of the three, was designated as a national important cultural property. Completed in 1974, the Hall is a magnificent building, that's something to see.
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