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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4.0a month ago
Beautiful Buddhist temple, it includes other areas to see. For 1000 yen, you can visit the treasury gallery and the Tokugawa mausoleum. There is a cool exhibition in the treasury, it rotates every now and then to exhibit all the paintings. You can also visit the children garden. In that same area, you can grab a bite at a coffee shop, go to the Onamori train station or walk 5 min to the Tokyo tower, this one has plenty of interesting things to observe.
5.02 weeks ago
It's a very good contrast between Japanese culture and modern times! Tokyo Tower stands firm in the back of an amazing Temple. I went there because I had seen it in photos, and was happy I did. It's close to the Tower, so it could be a stop on the way to it.
5.03 weeks ago
Unique temple in the middle of Tokyo. With the skyline in the background there is an interesting contrast between old and new. Also present at the temple are trees donated by two different US presidents as well as the statues to unborn children.
5.02 weeks ago
Visited this temple right before 7am on a Sunday morning. It was incredible, the temple itself was so quiet and calm, and just having the freedom to wander with no noise was magical. Perhaps during the day this temple gets very crowded, but if you have the opposite please explore in the morning.
5.0a month ago
Love this temple, everytime I go back to Tokyo I make sure I visit. I love it because it is right in the city. It is not as busy as other temples, which is excellent because it is very quiet and serene. Of course it has a very iconic backdrop of Tokyo tower which makes this temple very unique as well. If you're looking for a very quiet and nice temple to visit with a view, this is the temple to visit!
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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.
VisitedJun 2011Read moreClose
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