Jindaiji is a Buddhist temple of Tendai sect, and is located about 2 km north of Chofu station on Keio Line.
It is said that this temple was founded in 733 and converted to Tendai
sect in 859.
So it is the second oldest temple in Tokyo Metroplis after Sensoji in Asakusa.
Most current buildings were rebuilt in the early 20th century, but the main gate, the oldest structure in this temple, was built in 1695.
Along the approach there are many shops, especially we can find many
soba (buckwheat) noodle shops.
In Edo Period it was difficult to grow rice around this area, so instead soba had been produced.
And the chief priest of Kan'eiji temple in Ueno liked this, and it is said that the reputation had spread throughout the country.
In March 3-4th every year, Jindaiji Daruma Fair is held.
It is a botanical
garden to the north of Jindaiji temple.
Originally here was the land of Jindaiji temple, and it was opened in 1961 as the botanical garden of Tokyo Metroplis.
It has an area of about 47 hectares, and has 100 thousand trees and shrubs representing approximately 4,500 varieties.
Here is one of the major plum and cherry blossom-viewing spots.
And the rose garden has over 5,000 roses, then Rose Festival is held in spring and autumn every year.
The route buses for Jindaiji lead
to here from the following stations. It takes 15-25 minutes.
Keio Line : Chofu, Tsutsujigaoka (by express, about 15-18 minutes from Shinjuku)
JR Chuo Line : Kichijoji, Mitaka (by rapid train, about 14-18 minutes from Shinjuku)
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