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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4.03 weeks 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.
5.02 months ago
Beautiful temple with many buildings, shrines, statues and history etc. Has a gorgeous tea house set in lovely setting and you can book for tea ceremony (but I think they only have them once a month). Lovely to spend time in the grounds here and visit the temple. The area for the guardians of the children was beautiful and quite an emotional experience.
5.03 months ago
Amazing temple near Tokyo Tower. It has many statues of tiny children, because it enshrines the "God of Children" (the temple is dedicated to children). It's a small walk from Tokyo Tower and both attractions can be visited on the same day. From here you can get awesome pictures of old meeting new, as you can see Tokyo Tower in the background towering over the temple. It's also in the middle of a park, so you can also enjoy a nice stroll in the late afternoon (which is the best time with the most beautiful light).
5.0in the last week
Visited on my first day in tokyo and so glad I did. Met a tour guide called Yoko who told us about the temple and then she let us have a look by ourselves uninterrupted. There is a zen here and in the whole of Tokyo and quite possibly Japan, a respect for 'your space', a recognition for you to be in a place. When leaving, Yoko gave me an oragami with what I call a blessing , she wished me peace and safe travels. I was humbled and that stayed with me throughout the rest of my travels.
5.0in the last week
Beautiful temple with the perfect view of the Tokyo Tower behind it. You can feel you have gone to the past times.
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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