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Zojoji temple

Zojoji temple Zojoji is a Buddhist temple located just east of Tokyo Tower.
It is the main temple of Jodo shu (Pure Land Sect) of Buddhism.

It was built in 1393.
And at the early 17th century, here became the temple of Tokugawa family, which had governed as Shogun of Japan for generations until 1868.

Originally it had large precincts and there were many buildings.
But new Meiji government since 1868 reduced the scale of this temple, then most area of the temple changed to current Shiba Park.
And most buildings had been destroyed and lost by the air raid of the World War II.

Current temple precincts are about 200 meters square, and the Main Hall "Daiden" is the center of the precincts.
And behind the hall, there is the Mausoleum of Tokugawa family. Six of 15 Tokugawa Shoguns lie at rest in it.
On the east side, there is the gate named "Sangedatsumon" ("Sanmon" for short). Originally it had been an inner gate, so the main gate was "Daimon" located about 200 meters east of Sanmon.

Zojoji temple official website

How to get to here

By subway

  • 7 minutes walk from Akabanebashi station (Ooedo Line)
  • 3 minutes walk from Onarimon or Shiba-koen station (Mita Line)
  • 10 minutes walk from Kamiyacho station (Hibiya Line)
  • 5 minutes walk from Daimon station (Asakusa Line)

By JR

  • 10 minutes walk from Hamamatsucho station (Yamanote or Keihin-Tohoku Line)



Sangedatsumon of Zojoji temple
Daiden (Main Hall) of Zojoji temple
Daiden in Zojoji temple
Daimon, original main gate of Zojoji

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