Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple)

Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple)

Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple)
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John R
Matsudo, Japan68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
My wife and I decided to avoid the bigger temples this New Year's day, instead heading for Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple in Shibamata. Made famous by the "Tora-san" series of movies, Taishakuten is about a 5 minute walk from Shibamata station or about 12 minutes from Kanamachi station. The street leading up to the temple (Taishakuten Sando) was buzzing with activity, the air was alive with the shouts of the traders from the shops lining the street and the smells of traditional Japanese snacks wafting from the stalls were intoxicating (we tried some kushi dango, yango dango and sweet potato cake). When we reached the end of the street, the temple was unsurprisingly packed, but thankfully the queues moved quickly and everything was well organised. The temple complex itself is impressive, with some very beautiful wood carvings on display.

Overall, I would strongly recommend Taishakuten Temple to anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily Tokyo life.
Written January 3, 2014
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HotEarth
Melbourne, Australia692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
This temple surprised me in every way with it's beautiful and intricate wood carvings and an extraordinarily beautiful Japanese garden. Having come here for the first time, despite my numerous visit to Tokyo and her well published attractions, I was really taken aback by the beauty and serenity of this little known place. I'll rank it my top place to visit in Tokyo.

Getting here is quite easy as it can be accessed via a short walk through Shibamata Old Town (which is quite interesting too) from Shibamata Station.
Written September 4, 2019
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900nippon
Tokyo, Japan521 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
もっと大きいものかと思っておりましたが、小さいものでした。境内には桜、梅等の賑やかさもなく、シンプルでした。

The temple is smaller than I thought. 10minutes was enough to look around the temple area.
Written April 1, 2018
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Manelgcan
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
This is an amazing and incredible quiet place in Tokyo that you shouldn’t skip if you want to know the real city. The entrance fee is only 400¥.
Written December 5, 2017
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nekonounchi
Katsushika, Japan27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
After getting off the train, you see a narrow path that is lined with local souvenir stores and restaurants which leads to Shibamata Taishakuten. I spent a long time seeing those souvenirs because it was no so crowded like Asakusa. After paying 400 yen, you can see many beautiful wooden works and a beautiful garden inside Shibamata Taishakuten. You can admire those works quietly because there were not so many people. You can enjoy English explanation. They sold all kinds of lucky charms. There is a famous pizza restaurant near this place. It’s called Pizzeria Luna a dolce. Local people love to go there.
Written May 24, 2018
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Yoshiko O
New York100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
If you have seen a film of Tora-san series, you will enjoy this half day trip. It is about 30min. away from Tokyo Skytree by train. This town still looks the same as the cinema scene, and the walk to the temple was very enjoyable.
Written July 10, 2017
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore4,356 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
The Temple is the highlight of all visits to the town of Shibamta. Quite easily to find from the 柴又 station; one just have to walk past the lively “Nakamise” Taishakuten Sando [帝釈天参道] (but please don’t compare with Nakamise-dori of Askakusa or Kawasaki Daishi Heiken-ji Temple). A rather touristy street with several tea houses and edo-styled houses selling interesting Japanese snacks and souvenirs .
At the end of the street you will come to the gates to the Buddhist Taishakuten Temple founded way back in 1629.. While it may be a major tourist destination within Tokyo itself it is well worth visiting for the amazing carvings on the temple walls, the serene and lovely garden and more… The real attractions are the exceptionally intricate wood carvings surrounding the temple, as well as the traditional garden - all of which are accessible by a well laid-out raised wooden pathway. But you have to pay entry for this. Else one can just explore the vast temple premise too.
The atmosphere is one of serenity, amid a crowd of worshippers.
Do coupled your trip here to other places of interest nearby such as Tora-san Museum, Yamamoto-tei, to make it more worthwhile.!
Written July 30, 2016
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Enjoydifference
London, United Kingdom398 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
If you are interested in retro rather modern/urban Tokyo (I am the former, not the latter), this is one of the areas where you can visit from Tokyo or on the way to or from Narita airport.

Nikko Toshogu level skilled carvings are seen everywhere at Taishakuten.

Although it is free to entre the area, it is always good to drop some coins into the box to say 'Hello' to the temples and shrines so that they can keep going until your next visit.
Written August 25, 2013
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sephirothseviltwin
Aylesbury, UK146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I recommend visiting by train and walking up the main shopping street leading upto the temple - the shopping street is great - think wooden frames, calligraphy banners, and open store fronts - if you are there on a Sunday you might just seen the candy makers in full swing too. The shopping street looks like something from an old samurai film which was awesome!
Upon going to the temple, everything is the WOW factor. Walk upto the main hall, and turn RIGHT, there is small ticket office where you can pay to see the temple gardens and the wood carving gallery. You MUST take your shoes off to view,
The gardens are just beautiful, and have plenty of seating in the wooden walkways to sit and appreciate the views. The wood carving gallery is so special - they are some of the finest carvings I have ever seen - and to this date I have no idea how they can carve such depth and details into those panels. You will NOT be disappointed!
Written May 24, 2023
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WintersummerJ
San Jose Metro, Costa Rica73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
The temple itself is free to enter, but the entrance fee to see the inner part of the wood carvings was 400 yen, and well worth the price, as they were very beatiful and detailed, the entrance fee also covers a garden on the temple grounds which was beatiful aswell.
Written June 21, 2019
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