Zojo-ji Temple
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This well-known temple stands next to Tokyo Tower, and its grounds contain the mausoleum of the Tokugawa family.
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Neighbourhood: Odaiba / Shiodome / Shinbashi
Odaiba is an entertainment hotspot with a giant ferris wheel, concert halls, amusement arcades and lots of shopping. It also boasts Oedo-onsen-monogatari, a hotspring that recreates old Edo-era ambiance and is very popular with foreign visitors. Shiodome has ultra-modern office buildings where you can often find restaurants with a great high-rise view of Tokyo. The neighboring area of Shinbashi is a district of much older commercial buildings and it's a great place to join 'salary men' enjoying a drink and snacks at street stalls under the railway bridges after work.
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan2,961 contributions
Aug 2022
徳川家の菩提寺として有名な寺院。浜松町駅もしくは大門駅から、竹芝通りをまっすぐ歩くことで辿り着く。増上寺前の交差点に設置されている、鮮やかな朱色が目を引く『解脱門』と、背後の東京タワーとのコントラストを楽しめる大殿が見どころとなっている。基本的に境内は無料で周遊することが出来るが、宝物展示室と徳川将軍家墓所は有料。さらに徳川将軍家墓所は必ずしもいつでも拝観できるわけではないことに注意。
すぐ南側には芝公園があるにもかかわらず、公園で遊ぶ声はほとんど聞こえない。初詣や節分等のイベント開催時は多くの参拝客が訪れるが、そうでなければ休日でも比較的人の出入りは多くなく、静かに参拝できる。
解脱門から大梵鐘周辺は比較的樹木が多いが、大殿周辺は樹木がほとんど無く、少し無機質に感じるかもしれない。一方で境内の北側には、主に赤いニットを被った多くの地蔵と、多数のカラフルな風車のを見かけるだろう。樹木の深い緑色を背景にすると、一層カラフルな色が際立つ。増上寺は安産や子育てだけでなく、幼くして亡くなった子供(水子)を供養する寺院としても知られている。子供が健康に育つように、また早くに亡くなっても迷うことなく涅槃に旅立てるように、静かに風に吹かれて回る風車が印象的だ。

This temple is famous as a family temple of the Tokugawa clan. It can be reached by walking straight down Takeshiba-dori from Hamamatsucho or Daimon Station. The highlights of the temple are the Gedatsu-mon Gate, which is located at the intersection in front of Zojoji Temple in bright vermilion, and the Daiden Hall, which offers a contrast with Tokyo Tower in the background. Basically, visitors can tour the temple precincts free of charge, but there is a fee for the Treasures Exhibition Hall and the Tokugawa Shoguns' Cemetery. Note that the Tokugawa Shoguns' Cemetery is not necessarily open to visitors at all times.
Despite the fact that Shiba Park is located just to the south of the park, one can hardly hear the sounds of people playing in the park. Although many visitors come to the temple during events such as Hatsumode and Setsubun (New Year's holidays), otherwise, even on holidays, there are relatively few people coming and going, and the temple can be visited in peace and quiet.
While there are relatively many trees from the Gedatsu-mon gate to the area around the large temple bell, there are almost no trees in the area around the large hall, which may seem a bit inorganic. On the other hand, on the north side of the temple grounds, you'll see many Jizo statues, mostly wearing red knits, and many colorful windmills. The colorful colors stand out even more against the deep green background of the trees. Zojoji Temple is known not only for safe childbirth and child-rearing, but also as a temple for the repose of the souls of children who died at an early age (Mizuko). The windmill is impressive, blowing quietly in the wind so that the child may grow up healthy, and travel to nirvana without hesitation, even if he or she dies early.
Written 31 October 2022
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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia709 contributions
Mar 2021
Zojoji Temple is the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism in the Kanto Region. Standing next to Tokyo Tower, the temple grounds consist of some impressive structures as well as a mausoleum of the Tokugawa family and a small museum.There are rows of child Jizo statues at the cemetery of the temple, with the red hats and bibs commemorating children that were lost before birth. This was a very touching and moving experience to see. The temple stands out amidst the modern Tokyo Tower and is a tranquil place to visit. The trees were just beginning to bloom so it would be wonderful sight with all the cherry blossoms. It is a ten minute walk from Hamamatsucho Station or very close to Daimon Station.
Written 2 January 2022
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jedilalo
Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico17 contributions
Nov 2019 • Business
This is one of the most impressive places I visited while in Tokyo. The peace and calm in there is strangely beautiful. Entered here with curiosity and exit with great peace of mind. A must visit in Tokyo.
It is just below Tokyo Tower which makes it a great photo spot.
Written 6 June 2020
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tlarraya
Community of Madrid, Spain249 contributions
Sep 2019
The temple with the backdrop of the Tokyo Tower is well worth visiting. It´s imposible to walk through the lines of children statues (jizos) and not feel touched.
Written 9 May 2020
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johnandlizb
Leamington Spa, UK1,008 contributions
Feb 2020
Really enjoyed visiting this temple. The temple itself is nice and the golden decorations are impressive. It is quiet and peaceful and quite big. There is a memorial outside with a large number stone child statues with all their little red bonnets and bibs. There is also a small stone walled garden where there are several notable burials. At the time of our visit there was also an interesting display of art works and a miniature model of a temple in stunning detail. A really good visit.
Written 29 March 2020
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Allie H
Lincoln, CA165 contributions
Feb 2020
Beautiful temple. Will be really lovely when everything is in bloom. Not too crowded at all. Walking distance from our hotel allowed us to walk by a number of times. Tokyo Tower view in the background was cool also.
Written 1 March 2020
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G S
Innsbruck, Austria5 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
A lovely temple and grounds with the blossoms in flower earlier. Stayed at a hotel nearby and got up early to go to the 6am service. Well worth the cool morning to experience the service!
Written 27 February 2020
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Devi J
Melbourne, Australia175 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I once visit this place in the afternoon (already dark) for Tokyo Tower. This time, I visited in the morning. I can even take a pic of the inside ...of course I was careful to not take a pic of people who were pray and I asked for permission first 😁. I also bought an Omikuji, it got a small charm in it, great for souvenir to one self 🤓.
Written 26 February 2020
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Karen T. Kim
51 contributions
Dec 2019
looking forward to seeing the cherry blossoms here again this spring. it's a great temple to have in your neighborhood and worth a visit if you are outside the neighborhood because of the iconic views with Tokyo tower right behind it. don't miss all the lovely vantage points around the area too... there are even some nice plum blossoms down the street too in the early spring!
Written 9 February 2020
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Elissa
Los Angeles, CA515 contributions
Jan 2020
This temple was walking distance to my hotel so I came to check it out. The views of Tokyo Tower were pretty but the temple wasn't as elaborate as others I have seen in Japan. Worth a visit, though.
Written 30 January 2020
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