|Tokyo Shiba | Zozoji Temple & Sangedatsu Gate|
|Wednesday, 12 May 2010 00:00|
Located in the neighborhood of Shiba in Tokyo, Zozoji Temple is a Buddhist temple that enshrines the image of Amida (Amitabha) Buddha. Occupying an ample land near Tokyo Tower, the ground of Zozoji Temple is more quiet compares to Asakusa's Sensoji Temple. Housing Bodhisatva statues, flowers, trees, monuments, mausoleum of Tokugawa family, there is also sight of a huge bell and a gardens of little statues with bonnets and windmills.
The rows of these little statues are Jizobosatusu or Jizo. They are Bodhisatva, the protectors or guardian angels of children and infants thus usually adorned with red bonnets, bibs, flowers and toys.
Founded by Yūyo Shōsō in 1393, Zozoji Temple was the Tokugawa or royal's family temple during Edo Period and formerly located at Hibiya before being moved to present location. After the fall of Tokugawa shogunate, it serves as a public park and temple.
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, 365 days a year
No admission fee.
About 5 minutes walk from the nearest subway station - Onarimon (Mita Line), adjacent to Tokyo Prince Hotel. Or about 10 minutes walk from Tokyo Tower.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 14:17|
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