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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5.0a month ago
Beautiful temple. The view of the fusion of the traditional, with the temple, and the new with the Tokyo Tower is beautiful. I went in winter, near the closing time, and we could see when the Tokyo Tower got illuminated.
5.02 months ago
Hidden gem, peaceful and huge temple. Manage to see monks chanting in the late evening, interesting experience. Also got to have Tokyo Tower in the backdrop which is a plus!!!
4.05 months ago
A wonderful temple complex with many statues, monuments and temples. It is very close to the Tokyo Tower so it’s advantageous to visit before or after the tower. The temple allows for peaceful and quiet contemplation throughout the area. The child monuments are beautiful with their colorful hats and bibs. It has a lot of history in a central location.
5.04 months ago
Beautiful place to visit right near by Tokyo Tower and Shiba Park. Weather permitting, also a great place for portraits. If you take your time and spend some time in the surrounding area inside the Temple’s premises you’ll fine beautiful corners to shoot and make nice travel photography. For portrait photography it is also an awesome place as it has many options.
5.03 months ago
Nice relaxing place to visit, with some unique sights that aren’t readily available at other Temples.
The staff were extremely helpful and happy to answer questions. Easily worth dropping in if you’re already at Tokyo Tower.
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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.
VisitedAug 2009Read moreClose