All Japanese Temples in Tokyo

Japanese Temples 

Japanese Temples are Buddhist Temples located in Japan. There are some very old Japanese Temple which were established over 1,200 years ago. Today some of these very old wooden temple buildings still survive, however many have been destroyed by lightning, fire, earthquakes, storms or war and have been rebuilt over the years. Still many of these rebuilt temple buildings are hundreds of years old. Many of these very old Japanese Temples are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Japanese Temples or Buddhist Temples are not primarily places of worship like a Christian church or Muslim mosque. That is people don’t go on a regular basis and meet inside the Japanese temple buildings and worship together. The primary purpose of the Japanese Temple is the storage and sometimes display of sacred objects. Buddhists will then come to pray in front of or near these sacred objects.

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    Sensoji Temple

    Sensoji Temple, also known as Asakusa Temple, is Tokyo‘s oldest and most popular temple. Sensoji Temple features a pair grand gates with large red paper lanterns, a pagoda and a large main hall. Sensoji Temple (金龍山浅草寺, Kinryū-zan Sensōji) is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa district, hence why it is read more

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    Sengakuji Temple

    Sengakuji Temple is famous as the location of the graves of Asano Takumi no Kami Naganori and the 47 Ronin, who were involved in the Revenge of the Forty-seven Ronin, also known as the Revenge of the Forty-seven Samurai or Ako vendetta. Sengakuji Temple was originally constructed under the orders read more

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    Gokoku-ji Temple

    Gokoku-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Bunkyo central Tokyo which is the Imperial Mausoleum and where Emperor Meiji is buried. Gokoku-ji Temple, established in 1681 by Tokugawa Tsunayoshi for his mother, is also famous as the central temple that oversees the practice of Japanese tea ceremony in all the read more

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    Rinnoji Temple

    Rinnoji Temple, also known as Rinno-ji Ryodaishi-do, is a Buddhist temple, which was a part of the cathedral of Kaneiji Temple and was called Kaizan-do or Jigen-do. In 1644 when Rinnoji Temple was constructed, what is now Ueno Park used to be the grounds of Kaneiji Temple. When Jigen Daishi read more

  • Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple

    Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple is a Buddhist Temple which was established in 1282, by the famous Buddhist monk Nichiren. Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple features a five story pagoda, which was built in 1608 and is a designated Important Cultural Property, the Kyozo built in 1784 and the hoto, where Nichiren was cremated, read more

  • Kissho-ji Temple

    Kissho-ji Temple (also spelt Kichijo-ji) is a Buddhist temple of Sendan-Rin sect in Bunkyo Tokyo. Kissho-ji Temple was established in 1458, with the “Sendan-Rin” School for Buddhist monks being established in the grounds of the temple in 1592. In 1905 the school was renamed, Soto-shu University, which was again renamed read more

  • Narihira-san Tosen-ji Temple

    Narihira-san Tosen-ji Temple, also known as Tosen-ji Temple, is a Buddhist temple near Mizumoto Park in Katsushika Ward of north eastern Tokyo. Narihira-san Tosen-ji Temple is famous for the “Bound Jizo” mentioned in the Case of the Bound Jizo of Ooka Tadasuke, a famous Edo Period judge.

  • Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple

    Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple, officially known as Jodoshin sect Higashi-honganji-ha Higashi-Honganji Temple, is a Buddhist temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect, in Asakusa District, Taito Ward central Tokyo. Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple was originally built in Kanda, Tokyo by Kyonyo, the 12th Priest of Higashi-Honganji, in 1651 and it was known as the Edo read more

  • Yushima Temple

    Yushima Temple, also known as Yushima Seido, is a Buddhist temple in the Yushima District of Bunkyo Ward Tokyo. Yushima Temple was constrcted in 1630, by the fifth-generation Tokugawa Shogun, Tsunayoshi, to enshrine Confucius. Yushima Temple used to be the Shoheizaka School of Edo Shogunate. Yushima Temple is very close read more

  • Tsukiji Honganji Temple

    Tsukiji Honganji Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect in the Tsukiji District of Chuo Ward Tokyo. The current Tsukiji Honganji Temple building was completed in 1934 and designed by Chuuta Ito of the University of Tokyo and features an architecture which is influenced by the design read more