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Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple)

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Address: 7-10-3 Shibamata, Katsushika 125-0052, Tokyo Prefecture
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You can smell real Shitamachi

There are beautiful pine trees, huge Bonsai style. Temple is not so big and deluxe but you can feel real Temple energy. I come here often just to feel being in Shitamachi. If... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2016
Yuko H
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Knoxville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were advised to visit this site over another garden which was under construction while on a study abroad garden tour of Japan. I'm not even sure what the other site really had to offer but Shibamata Taishakuten was a joy! Sure, the 17th century wood panel carvings were as detailed and amazing as on would expect but the rest... More 

Thank Garry-Appleseed
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

There are beautiful pine trees, huge Bonsai style. Temple is not so big and deluxe but you can feel real Temple energy. I come here often just to feel being in Shitamachi. If you could watch the movies called TORASAN, you would understand real Shitamachi mean. Very friendly neighbors, too.

Thank Yuko H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

In a suburbs of Tokyo not reakky far from Asakasa one piece of the old city. Basically all japonese people. An amazing temple full of visitors with extraordinary carved stupa and a delicious garden. The road to the temple is full of local shops and restaurants. To recommend

Thank Massimo A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This town is tiny. Immediately off of the train there is a tourist street and an amazing temple that is made of wood carving. I suggest eating everything on the tourist row - there are sweets and savory options. There are several tea houses here and had I had more time I would have visited. I believe reservations will be... More 

Thank chesneynotkenny
Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This beautiful temple is not a major tourist destination but well worth a visit for the amazing carvings on the temple walls, the serene and lovely garden and the traditional "street market" directly in front of the temple grounds. It gives you a side of Japan that is different from what tourists normally get to see.

Thank Nonnapn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This was our last stop before heading to the airport and it was the most memorable thing I saw. The temple is pretty standard and pleasant. 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. The atmosphere is... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

It's was a great surprise to visit this temple as it's not overcrowded by tourist. Although you may see quite a few visitors, you get to experience local traditions and believes by observing local people around. There's a nice market all along the main street that leads to the temple from Shibamata station.

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Matsudo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

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,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

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... More 

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Dumaguete City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Per recommendation of a Japanese friend, we went to this temple since we did not have much time to travel outside Tokyo. And we are glad we did. The souvenir shops that lined the way going to the temple are not that many but nice variety. Definitely will go back again the next time we are in Tokyo.

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