Pay Your Respects at the Grand Zojoji Temple in Minato
Zojoji Temple is a grand temple in Minato — nearby Tokyo Tower, inside Shiba Park with the incredible 21-meter tall Sangedatsumon gate. And actually, it is this gate which is the only remaining original structure of the temple. It turns out much of it was destroyed by fire, war, and natural disasters (rebuilt).
It enshrines the “God of Children” so you’ll find many small statues giving homage.
You can get some fantastic photos here of ancient Japanese architecture with Tokyo Tower in the backdrop.
While there you can see a statue of Princess Kazunomiya who has a very interesting history with the Tokugawa shogunate. In fact, Ieyasu (the shogun of Japan) select this location as his family temple — and is the Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns, where several of the Tokugawa shogun rest.
Don’t forget to check out the small museum in the basement of the temple where you can see what the Zojoji Temple used to look like before it was destroyed — including a 1:10 scale mode of the buildings.
Overall the temple has a fantastic vibe and brings back some of the histories in the area. An excellent break from the amazing views and delicious food in the area — to give you a sense of nostalgia for what life may have been like back then.
Oh, and you may find the Zojoji Temple is not nearly as crowded as the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. Maybe if you’re looking for a more comfortable temple experience this should be you on your to-do list.
And fun fact, you may recognize this place from the Wolverine movie — where it was the backdrop for a funeral scene.
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