Gokokuji Temple

Gokokuji Temple, Bunkyo

Gokokuji Temple
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Neighborhood: Ikebukuro
Ikebukuro is an area of massive development. Several thousand tenants occupy two giant department stores and shopping malls, where all sorts of shopping and gourmet foods can be enjoyed. The 60-story building at the east entrance of the station, Sunshine City, is a landmark within Ikebukuro and features an aquarium, planetarium, theme park as well as an observation platform. The popular name for the western side of this area is "Otome Road" (Maiden Road) and there are many shops selling products related to anime with a female theme. It has rapidly become the worldwide headquarters for ‘otaku’ or geek culture.
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Les P
Johannesburg, South Africa516 contributions
The cat temple
Nov 2019 • Couples
My lovely wife and I visited Gokokuji Temple on a Friday morning. It is an easy 900 meter walk from the Gokouji station. This is a wonderful little gem of a temple, especially the lesser shrine where the gift to the gods are in the form of ceramic cats. There are bought at the temple and then placed alongside the shrine. Surprisingly quiet with not many tourists around made it an absolute pleasure to visit
Written October 31, 2019
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RayParks
Adelaide, Australia2,735 contributions
Hayazaki Sakura
Mar 2019 • Friends
There are many different kinds of cherry blossoms. Hayazaki Sakura (Early Blooming Cherry Blossoms) are usually in darker colour, while the famous Someiyoshino Sakura blossoms are faint pink or almost white. At Gokokuji Temple, we could enjoy Hayazaki Sakura on the day before Spring Equinox.
Written April 5, 2019
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Dr. Shibuyakko
Tokyo and California34,665 contributions
Surprisingly Good
Dec 2018 • Couples
Large and impressive temple right next to Gokokuji subway station on the Yurakucho Line. It's a hidden gem with a few tourists.
Written March 31, 2019
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RayParks
Adelaide, Australia2,735 contributions
Closed Gate Adjacent to Gokokuji Temple
Mar 2018 • Friends
A few meters to the east of the Gokokuji Somon Gate there is a large closed gate without any sign of what it is. My Japanese friend told me that it’s the entrance to the Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemeteries for imperial family members excluding emperors and empresses. In fact, this large section of property was once a part of Gokokuji Temple.
As it’s not open to the public, it’s not listed on Trip Advisor. Nevertheless, you can see its areal views on 3D Google map.
Written July 9, 2018
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RayParks
Adelaide, Australia2,735 contributions
Spacious and Peaceful Temple Precinct in Tokyo
Mar 2018 • Solo
It’s a spacious and peaceful temple precinct, not too far from Ikebukuro. As I used to work near the temple many years ago, I was so glad to visit the temple during my stay in Tokyo.
Written April 8, 2018
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HardeeHar
Calgary, Canada21 contributions
So beautiful with its cherry trees
Mar 2018 • Solo
The temple has many cherry trees mixed with the temple architecture and statues to create a very special appearance and atmosphere. I rarely take photos but took plenty here. Many trees were not in full bloom yet, on March 27. A 2.8 km walk from Rikugien Gardens.
Written March 28, 2018
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tt783
Montreal, Canada764 contributions
Worth to go to visit
Nov 2017 • Solo
it has a stair to walk to the temple,not so big but nice to be there,
the time i were there,it was a event,so the girl wear the kimono
Written February 6, 2018
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kyokushinphill
17 contributions
Breath taking
Apr 2017 • Solo
A very beautiful and traditional shrine. Very Spritual place and very moving to be there at the shrine if Sosai Oyama.
Written December 8, 2017
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rie s
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan170 contributions
Gokokuji Temple, original from the 17th Century!
Nov 2017 • Solo
It is very rare to find an original temple from the 17th Century Edo/old Tokyo given the severe earthquakes, air raids from WWII and fires in Tokyo. However, the main hall of this temple dates back to the original built by the then Tokugawa shogun in 1681. You can go into the main hall for free and enjoy the art from this period, Genroku period, famous for the flourishing of Kabuki and Ukiyoe, entertainment for the masses.
Gokokuji temple is very quiet and hidden away, in spite of the great and easy access from Gokokuji metro station in front of the temple. Enjoy the tranquility!
For more, please refer to "hiddenjapanguide" if interested.
Written December 1, 2017
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111AnJ111
London, UK200 contributions
Exsquisitely beautiful and tranquil
Apr 2017 • Solo
I was just walking around the area when I noticed on my maps this huge temple right in the middle of a very urban zone. Of course, not being very knowledgeable in the temples of Japan (just the occasional Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji information in my head), I jumped at the occasion quite surprised of the sheer size of the possible adventure.

I was first greeted by a couple of Japanese elderly who, very friendly in Japanese language, explained to me it's okay to walk in and just have a walk around, enjoy my time and the weather in the temple grounds (there were some cars passing by in the meantime, so I was a bit taken aback).

Anyway, I climbed up and entered a whole new world of beauty! Although not religious myself, I was engulfed by the spiritualism of the place. Beautiful and calming, full of traditional areas and filled me up with a feeling of tranquil pleasure. The statues, the small, taken-care-of pathways, the old structure with some very old constructions still preserved (as the signs read) - just perfect.

My initial idea was to have a quick walk and get back to the urban area, but I honestly spent quiiiite some time in the place, just walking around and enjoying the calmness of it.
Written September 16, 2017
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