Religious Sites Walking Tour in Takanawa, Tokyo

Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines dot Japan’s landscape. These temples and shrines are an architectural splendor and many of these can be found in every part of Tokyo. This guide will take you to the smaller Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in the Takanawa neighborhood of Tokyo. Most often overlooked by tourists, these temples and shrines are a beauty and should not be missed.
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Religious Sites Walking Tour in Takanawa Map

Guide Name: Religious Sites Walking Tour in Takanawa
Guide Location: Japan » Tokyo (See other walking tours in Tokyo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: ann
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Koyasan Tokyo Betsuin

1) Koyasan Tokyo Betsuin

The Koyasan Tokyo Betsuin is a place of worship for the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. It is the Tokyo branch of a larger temple located in Koyasan.

The Koyasan Tokyo Betsuin was built on land donated by the Shoguns between 1596 and 1615. It is located in the Minato Ward, Takanawa in Tokyo. The Shingon Sect was brought to Japan by Kukai. The main image at the temple is that of Kukai seated in the main hall. The main hall also has the idols of many Bodhisattvas and Buddhist Deities. Notable images...   view more
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Tozen-ji

2) Tozen-ji

The Tozen- ji is a Zen Buddhist temple located in Takanawa, Minato, Tokyo. It became well known in history because of the attack by a group of anti western Samurai on the British delegation who were residing in the main building in 1857.

The Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism established the Tozen Ji temple. The headquarters of the sect is in Kyoto. The first temple founded by Ryonan Zenji was in Akasaka and was relocated to its present location in 1636. It was called Kaijo Zennin or the Zen Forest...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sengaku-ji

3) Sengaku-ji

The Sengaku-ji is a small inconspicuous Buddhist temple in Tokyo that is rich in history and revered by the people as a symbol of Samurai loyalty and devotion. It is the site where 47 loyal Ronin or Samurai are buried. The Ronin avenged the unjust death of their Master and created history in the Edo era.

The Sengaku-ji was built in 1612. The graves of the Ronin are in a small cemetery near the temple. Their master, Asano Takuminokami of the Hyogo Prefecture unable to bear the insults heaped...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Mita Hachiman Jinja

4) Mita Hachiman Jinja

Mita Hachiman Jinja is a Shinto shrine in Mita 3-7-16, Minato, Tokyo. As with any other Shinto shrine, Mita Hachiman Jinja is home to a traditional festival that usually takes place on August 15. On the grounds of the shrine, there is a Kaguraden (hall for Shinto music and dance), a Chōzuya (place for cleansing) and a Shamusho (shrine office). A staircase leads to its entrance.
There are two shrines in precincts: Gokō Inari Jinja and Mikage Jinja, with a total area of 2975.9...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gyoran-ji

5) Gyoran-ji

Though it is small, Gyoran-ji is a very attractive temple in Minato, Tokyo. Also called the Suigetuin Gyoran-ji, it is located on the mountainside of Gyoran zaka. The deity here is of Gyoran Kanzeon Bosatsu, depicted as a maiden with hair tied in a Chinese style. It is believed that Buddha appeared in a beautiful maiden’s figure to spread Buddhism and hence the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saikai-ji

6) Saikai-ji

The Saikai-ji is a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Pure Land Buddhist sect in Tokyo. It is located in 4-16-23 Mita, Minato Tokyo.

The Shukojan Chojuin Saikai-ji is popularly known by the locals as the Saikai-ji temple. It is dedicated to the Buddha in the form of Amitabha or the Buddha of infinite light. The temple was established by the Pure Land sect of Mahanaya Buddhism chiefly practiced today in Japan, East China, Taiwan and Vietnam. It was built on the site of an earlier temple...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
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Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.3 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km

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