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“A wonderful place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Zojoji Temple

Zojoji Temple
4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato 105-0011, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3432-1431
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Ranked #13 of 86 Attractions in Minato
4.0 of 5 stars 412 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: This well-known temple stands next to Tokyo Tower, and its grounds contain the mausoleum of the Tokugawa family.
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“A wonderful place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

A short walk from hamamatsucho station you can see the beautiful buildings in the complex with the Tokyo Tower in the background. There is a very sad tribute to aborted fetuses and stillborns. It's very colourful and peaceful and many people are there to pray for them. It is an interesting place and worth going to if you're not planning on visitng tokyo tower (i recommend mori museum for tokyo city view)

Visited December 2013
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“Moving monument to grief”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

This is what remains of what used to be a huge temple complex. It is easily accessible by public transportation, and the main temple building, as well as the gates are worth a few minutes. What is uniquely moving here are the hundreds (thousands?) of jizo (Ksitigarbha) statues arranged row after row in the temple grounds. These are "rented" by parents who have a child. The statuettes (a representation of a merciful being who will help the soul of the departed; the statuettes look like young children) are dressed by the parents (often in hand-knit sweaters and caps) and various offerings are left behind. It is heart-rending to see how different parents are trying to cope with their devastating loss. We spent a soulful couple of hours in the midst of this hectic city.

Visited February 2013
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Tokyo, Japan
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“A Tokyo power spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Sitting below Tokyo Tower, Zojoji temple was once a massive temple complex that included a seminary with over 1,000 students. The temple was originally located elsewhere in Tokyo but was moved to this location by Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa in the early 17th century. Like the site of Edo Castle, this location is considered a power spot and the temple has also been positioned to maximum feng shui advantage.

Although the complex is much smaller now, and most of the buildings have been rebuilt after the ravages of WWII bombs, the main gate is original and the complex still has much to recommend it. Look for the pine tree planted by Ulysses S Grant in the 1870s just inside the gate. Also just inside the gate and to the right is a monument to the 2,003 people aboard the Awa-Maru who died when it was sunk by an American submarine near Taiwan on WWII. (There was one survivor.)

The Jizo statues adorned with colorful pinwheels memorialize lost pregnancies and babies.

The Tokugawa mausoleums at the back of the compound (closest to Tokyo Tower) originally sat on the site of the Tokyo Prince Hotel (next door), but after WWII bombing damage, were moved to their current location.

This is such a wonderful place to just wander around and soak up the "power".

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Quito
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“A truly pear!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Love the whole concept just from the Tokyo Tower view. Their temple and surrounding buildings and gardens, including the little cemetery are beautiful and well preserved, is a bonus when in that area.

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“Culture and beauty !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Not only are there wonderful views from the temple but a great place to take pictures as well. The culture and energy were all amazing and well worth the visit . Would like to go back during the spring to see it then .

Visited December 2013
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