Shibamata Taishakuten is a Buddhist temple, and
the formal name is "Daikyoji".
It is located about 10 km northeast of Asakusa. Edo River flows east of the temple, and it is a prefecture's border.
It is said that this temple was built in 1629.
Originally this temple had a wooden board on which Nichiren (the 9th-century founder of the sect) himself carved the picture of Taishakuten, one of the gods in Buddhism, and scriptures.
But it had been missing for a long time.
In 1779, when the main hall was repaired, at last it was found.
Four years later, the east Japan was struck by great famine.
The chief priest had carried the board on his back, been to Edo and made the people to worship the Taishakuten on the board.
Then it is said that miracle effects were seen, so since that the believers in this temple had been increased.
The main buildings such as the main gate named "Nitenmon" and
"Taishakudo" temple has no coloration.
Instead, they have many delicate carved decorations.
Most of the buildings were rebuilt from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.
Especially on the outside walls of the inner temple of "Taishakudo",
the reliefs based on 10 stories of Buddhism are carved.
We can see them along the exclusive path, and it is called "Carving Gallery". (It is charged.)
This temple is associated with the central charachter in the popular
Japanese movie "Otoko wa tsurai yo" that 48 installments had been
produced from 1969 to 1995.
For the period, here was one of the most popular spots in Tokyo, but it is said that the visitors is gradually decreacing after the end of the series.
About 7 minutes walk from Shibamata station on Keisei Line.
Shibamata station is on Kanamachi Line (a branch line of Keisei), and is the next station of Keisei-Takasago station. It takes only 3 minutes.
To Keisei-Takasago, about 16 minutes from Keisei-Ueno, about 11 minutes from Nippori, by limited express of Keisei Line.
Additionally most trains of Toei Asakusa Line come direct to Keisei-Takasago.
About 16 minutes from Asakusa, about 28 minutes from Higashi-Ginza.
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