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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5.0in the last week
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!
4.0in the last week
Beautiful large ancient well kept shrine. It is still used for prayers. When I visited a religious ceremony was in progress. You need to be respectful and wear appropriate clothes as respect to the place
5.0a month ago
My favorite temple in Tokyo. The view of the temple and Tokyo Tower is phenomenal. Also I highly recommend to go inside where the Buddha statue is. Great place to relax and meditate if they are not in the middle of the ceremony.
3.0in the last week
It was nice. A big shrine and other architectures with some statues. But I think restrooms r open till 5pm only which is bit inconvenient. Internal road is not that good. Not suitable for stroller and wheelchairs. Many gardens nearby like Shiba and others.
5.0a month ago
beautiful temple. especially unique are the ceremonies there. lovely to roam around and the children statues there are so sad but yet compelling to watch
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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