Zojo-ji Temple & Shiba Park, Tokyo
Funnily enough, this place was located around 15 minutes walk from my office in Tokyo, and I never visited in the entire time I was living in Tokyo.
It's far from overcrowded and well worth a look if you are visiting nearby Tokyo tower.
It's a shortish walk also from Hamamatsu-cho station.
How to get there: The closest subway stations are Onarimon or Shibakoen Station on the Mita Subway Line and Daimon Station on the Oedo Subway Line. The temple can also be reached in a ten minute walk from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. Hours and Fees 9:00 to 17:00 No closing days Admission: Free
Visiting to this temple may combine with the Tokyo Tower. The tower is also right behind the temple grounds.The temple with Tokyo tower in the background presented for some great contrast pictures between old and new Japan though. The temple is set in attractive gardens surrounded by Shiba park
In the main hall which forms the core of the Buddhist compound of Zojoji, was rebuilt in 1974 by combining traditional Buddhist temple architecture with modern architecture. Enshrined in this hall is a large main image of Amida Buddha made during the Muromachi Period around 14th - 16th century with an image of the great teacher Shan-tao (who perfected China’s Pure Land Buddhism) at its right and an image of Honen Shonin (who founded Jodo Shu) at its left.
If you are coming from Tokyo Tower, and walk to the Zojoji Temple, you'll pass the cemetery. This quite impressive graveyard, completely different of what I saw. The most interest me that each grave has those sticks with print in it. It seems that common for Buddhist graveyard, this cemetery is pretty small but is the nicest place I saw. It wasn't pretty big and is nice to walk around. I've never seen so a clean graveyard as this
The graves are made from marble if I'm not wrong. As I've read about it, in Japan almost everyone cremated. The urn is sometimes after a while buried in a Buddhist cemetery. According to a recent statement from a Japanese funeral home is less than 1% of the deceased buried. This is mainly because there are no room to be found to bury someone
The 1673 Daibonsho bell is inside the Zojoji Temple ground. It weight 15 ton and tolled six times a day.
You can also take photo of the Stone Image of Buddha's Foot. The writting on the plaque is in Japanese, so I am not sure the significant of the stone foot.
i was walking by a temple neat the Tokyo Tower and i saw these little statues.. i wonder what they are.. but i like them
i thought it would be a cemetery or somethign
Visit the temple complex at Zohjoh-ji.
See my separate travelogue for more photos.