Meguro Travel Guide

  • Meguro Riverside is a popular hanami site
    Meguro Riverside is a popular hanami...
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    The View in late March
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Meguro Things to Do

  • Daienji Temple

    Tendai-sect temple built in early 17th century by Taikai Houin, also revered ascetic trained in Haguro Mountains known as the sacred place in Yamagata, was notoriously recognized as the start of great fire of 1772 which engulfed the most of Edo area including part of Edo castle. 500 stone statues of this temple was built in early 19th century to...

  • Shirokanedai: Overview

    Shirokanedai is the western part of the Minato ward bordering with Meguro, Shibuya and Shinagawa wards and is located east of JR Meguro station. This area has a number of greenery areas such as Shizen-Kyoikuen, or The Institute of Nature Study and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum(currently closed for renovation). This area is popular among...

  • Meguro Parasitological Museum

    It is a unique museum dedicated to humankind's most unwanted companions, parasites. It is a private and small museum and all they ask to enter is some donation for museum maintenance. Really cool. Special exhibition now being held focuses on Pine-killing bugs currently spreading like wildfire. The most interesting feature of the museum is that you...

  • Gyoninzaka Slope

    In Tokyo you will find a lot of steep slopes. Gyoninzaka slope in Meguro is one of the steepest among them. It had been the only road to Meguro from Edo until the milder Gonnosukezaka Slope was developed during Edo period. It was called this way since Daienji Temple was founded by Hoin Taikai the revered priest in Yodonoyama in Yamagata in 1624....

  • Gohyaku-Rananji Temple

    The temple displaying about 300 remaining wooden statues of 500 arhat, usually sculpted in stones, does not look like old temple of historical significance because the temple was built in reinformced concrete. But the outlook belies the magnificent statues inside. It was originally built in 1695 at the Honsho area (currently Koto ward, and a part...

  • Jojuin Temple (Takoyakushi)

    The temple founded in 858 A.D. by Jikaku, one of the most respected Teidai priests, is best known by its nickname TAKOYAKUSHI. Its principle object of worship Takoyakushi is rarely opened to public but you can find octopuses drawn either in ema wooden tablets or on large wooden panel sticking treasures or fortunes by its tentacles. The description...

  • Koshidachi Fudo(Yama Fudo)

    Koshidachi Fudo(Yamafudo) is said to get you promoted and also cures your back problems. It is located left of Nagayo Moto'ori's monument.

  • Monument of Nagayo Moto'ori

    Nagayo Moto'ori (1885-1945), one of the sixth generation descendants of noted 18th century scholar Norinaga Moto'ori(1730-1801), is best known for composing popular Japanese Children's songs such as Nanatsu-no-ko (Seven Baby Crows), Aoi-Me-no-Ningyo(The Blue-eyed Doll). The monument of the composer is located near the Seishido. The musical notation...

  • Ryusenji Seishido

    Ryusenji Seishido located left at the momument of Ikki Kita is one of the few buildings of Meguro Fudoson that are part of mid-17th century era temple. The temple lost most of the Edo-period buildings because of fires, earthquakes and most recently the air raids during Second World War. Seishido is similar in style to Maefudo-Do. It was formerly...

  • The Monuments of Konyo Aoki and Ikki...

    Close to Maefudo-do there are two tall monuments, taller of which is one for Konyo Aoki and the other is for Ikki Kita. Konyo Aoki(1698-1769) is a rangaku(western learning through Dutch written materials) scholar who is best known for his efforts to grow sweet potatoes in Japan. His tomb is in Ryusenji temple and on October 28 a festival called...

  • Ryusenji Maefudo-Do

    During Edo period Maefudo-Do served as the substitute place for worship when the Grand Hall of the temple was occupied by feudal lords and the entry of ordinary people were prohibited. The gardian statues of the sub-temple are yamainu. Some scholars speculate that Yamainus are either wolves or wolf-dog hybrids. They had been treated as sacred...

  • Copper Statue of En-no-Gyoja

    When you go down the Onnazaka slope of the Meguro Fudoson, you will find a caved shrine. In it there is a copper statue of legendary ascetic in late 7th to early 8th century, En-no-Gyoja who is said to be the founder of Shinto-Buddhism hybrid religion, Shugendo. The statue, 1.42 meters in overall height, 0.93 meters in sitting height, was erected...

  • Otokozaka and Onnazaka

    Otokozaka(upslope for men) and Onnazaka(upslope for women) are the names often given to the slopes to the summit of religious mountain or the main hall of temples or shrine on top of the hill. So irrespective of gender, you can climb up the hill from either slope. Otokozaka is direct and steep slope to the destination while Onnazaka is milder and...

  • Tokko-no-Taki Waterfall

    Dokko-no-Taki is a spring of water pouring out from the bluff of the hill of Meguro Fudoson. It was said that when the Ennin the founder of the temple threw a tokko(vajra), an instrument used in Esoteric Buddhism as a reminder of the place, springs emerged from the bluff. Since then the spring water has been used as a purification for the body and...

  • Meguro Fudoson(Ryusenji Temple):...

    This Tendai-sect Buddhist temple founded in 808 is one of the five major Fudosons(the temples enshrining Acala) in Edo(current Tokyo). During Ego Shogunate during early 17th to late 19th centuries the temple was incorporated into one of the affiliate temples of Kan'eiji Temple in Ueno. Many of the buildings were lost by fires or natural disasters...


Meguro Hotels

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  • Claska

    1-3-18 Chuocho, Meguro, Tokyo Prefecture, 152-0001, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Wing International Meguro

    1-3-14, Meguro, Meguro, Tokyo Prefecture, 153-0063, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Mid In Meguro-Ekimae

    1-2-19 Shimomeguro, Meguro, Tokyo Prefecture, 153-0064, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Meguro Restaurants

  • Kabayaki(Broiled Eel)@Yoshinoya

    Although Meguro station area has a number of fancy restaurants some of which provide ethinic cuisines, I chose to have lunch at Yoshinoya at the west exit side of Meguro station. Kabayaki(Broiled Eel) one of the popular summer dishes in Japan is served for only 650 yen here, about half or two-third price of ordinary restaurants. Not bad for an...

  • Happoen: Wedding Hall with Japanese...

    Happo-en is a popular wedding hall in Shirokanedai Minato-ku . It is also known for its Japanese garden. There are two restaurants: Enju, Japanese Restaurant, and Thrush // Cafe, Cafe Restaurant. Also there is a tea house Muan which serves matcha powder tea.

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Meguro Transportation

  • From Gohyaku Rakanji Temple to Daienji...

    After crossing the overpass you will find a road leading to the bridge of Meguro River. After crossing the river you will see Arco Tower Annex(one of the offices is Amazon Japan Head Office) impressive building representing Meguro Gajoen complex. Daienji is located at the top part of Gyoninzaka Slope after passing the entrance of Meguro Gajoen.

  • From Gohyaku Rakanji temple to Daienji...

    The recommended route between Gohyaku Rakanji temple to Daienji temple is a bit complicated. Kaifukuji temple is right next to the Gohyaku Rakanji temple. After visiting Kaifukuji temple go along the narrow road running east of the temple after climbing the steep road you will see the downslope coming from the graveyard of the temple. When you go...

  • From Meguro Fudoson to Gohyaku-Rakanji...

    On one of the Meguro Walking trails, after getting out from Meguro Fudoson, the next destination is Gohyaku-Rakanji Temple, another popular attraction known by wooden 500 arhat statues. There is a shortcut route from the narrow road right at the Niomon Gate, but the guidebooks often recommend roundabout route also visiting other temples around...


Meguro Off The Beaten Path

  • Kaifukuji Temple

    This Obaku Zen temple is best known by the momuments to mourn the victims of Eitaibashi Bridge collapse in 1807 which claimed the lives of 440 people. Sanmon Gate of the temple is a typical Edo period Yotsuashimon style in which the gate is suppoerted by four supporting pillars.

  • Anyoin Temple

    Anyoin Temple was built as one of the sub-temples of Ryusenji Temple better known by its nickname Meguro Fudoson. The temple is best known by a small museum called "Anyoin Museum of North India and Tibetian Buddhism" When I went there on August 4 the museum was still closed. It will reopened sometime in Autumn. Also see this Japan Times Article...

  • Meguro Gajoen

    Meguro Gajoen, one of the most popular wedding venues as well as upscale lodging place in Tokyo, may be a nice place to visit as well. It has a fancy gallery and high-class restaurants. Right behind its hotel-wedding complex is an office building, Arco Tower, 103 meters in height, adding grace to cherry views along Meguro River during early April.


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