Buddhist temples have become important parts of the Tokyo landscape, since Buddhism is one of the main religions within Japan. 10 Buddhist temples below are worth visiting not only because of their own unique features, but also their richness in sight-seeing neighborhoods.
1. Senso-ji (浅草寺)
More than just a temple, Sensoji is a neighborhood in its own right, preserving the feel of old Tokyo. A unique feature is its entrance path lined with hundreds of stalls selling food and trinkets to the thousands of visitors that throng the temple.
2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
5mins walk from Asakusa Station
– Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station
– Toei Subway Asakusa Line Asakusa Station
Summer (Apr-Sep) 6:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Winter (Oct-Mar) 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
03 3842 0181
Now neighbors with Tokyo Tower and Shiba Park, Zojoji used to envelop the whole area, and is only a remnant of the massive complex it used to be Tokugawa’s family temple during the Edo period. Now it is also famous photo spot to capture the view of Tokyo Tower.
4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo
5mins walk from Daimon Station
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
03 3432 1431
3. Gotoku-ji (豪徳寺)
This temple in Setagaya ward is known as the origin of the cat charm, Manekineko. Manekineko is a small cat figure that is believed to bring luck, customers, and money. Thus you will see quite often in the restaurants and counter at any shops. Their home Gotoku-ji is literally, FILLED with Manekineko!
2 Chome-24-7 Gotokuji, Setagaya, Tokyo
8mins walk from Odakyu Line Gotokuji Station
6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
4. Gokoku-ji (護国寺)
Its official name is “Shinreizan Shichiin Gokokuji Temple.” The main object of devotion is a statue of Kannon (the Bodhisattva of the Jewel and the Wheel) made from natural amber that was a special object of devotion for Keishoin.
5-40-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
5mins walk from Gokokuji Station
Tel: 03 3941 0764
5. Tsukuji Hongan-ji (築地本願寺)
Burnt down in a huge fire that swept through Edo (Tokyo) in 1657, the Temple was then rebuilt on the present site, but destroyed again by the Great Tokyo Earthquake of 1923. The current main building was built in 1934.
3-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo
1mins walk from Tsukuji Station
About 20 minutes away from the Ginza, towards HARUMI pier.
Tennoji is founded in 1274 and known for its ancient cherry trees. This temple is one of the last remaining refuges for the Tendai sect of Buddhism. Very close to Nippopri station and just next to the famous Yanaka Cemetery. This is a perfect temple to visit during the time of cherry blossom.
7 Chome-14-8 Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo
10mins walk from Nippori Station
03 3821 4474
7. Kotoku-ji (広徳寺)
This historical temple built more than 600 years ago is located in Akiruno city, the west side of Tokyo. You will encounter with an environment which you would not believe that it is actually in the prefecture of Tokyo.
234 Kowada, Akiruno 190-0151
30 minutes walk from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station
8. Shofukuji (正福寺)
The temple is home to Tokyo’s oldest remaining wooden structure dating to 1407. It’s considered one of the best surviving examples of Kamakura period architecture and is designated a national treasure.
4 Chome−6 Noguchichō, Higashimurayama, Tokyo
12 mins walk from Seibu Shinjuku Line Higashimurayama Station
9. Ryusenji (Meguro Fudo)
Ryūsenji also known as Meguro Fudō is a Tendai Buddhist temple. The name of the surrounding district of “Meguro” derives its name from Ryūsenji’s black-eyed statue of Meguro Fudō.
3 Chome-20-26 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo
11 minutes walk from Tokyu Meouro Line Fudo-mae station
A tiny but well-liked temple in the Nakameguro area. Not only having great festival time but they also have a special festival for children in the summer which is good for the young ones! It especially worth a visit if you are living near neighborhoods areas.
5-24-53 Nakameguro, Meguro-ku,Tokyo,153-0061
7-minute by walk from Yutenji Station
* Thumbnail image is from Wikipedia