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Events of the 1772 fire feel particularly near, here

A pretty place. Studying the unique expressions of 500 statues representing casualties of the Edo... read more

Reviewed March 22, 2018
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大円寺 [東京] Daienji (Tōkyō)

Daienji enshrines 500 Arhat statuettes . In 1772 Edo suffered one of its worst fires and the blaze... read more

Reviewed November 13, 2016
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1-8-5 Shimomeguro, Meguro 153-0064, Tokyo Prefecture
Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
+81 3-3491-2793
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

This little spot is a great place to catch your breath and commune with Buddha on your way to Meguro station. Check out the hundreds of statuettes behind Buddha and the hundreds of Jizos just inside the gate. Super cool. Closes at dark though.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SRQueenan
Reviewed March 22, 2018 via mobile

A pretty place. Studying the unique expressions of 500 statues representing casualties of the Edo fire of 1772 is interesting. And there’s a description of a romance between a young man from the temple and a young woman from the local community, that began with...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank HardeeHar
Reviewed May 9, 2017

We came across this temple on our way to see Cat exhibit at nearby hotel. The temple is small, but happy little buddhas everywhere. Worth a stop.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Kasia Z
Reviewed May 2, 2017

daienji temple is a peaceful sanctuary with 500 statues of 'arhats' (enlighteneded beings) commemorating the great fire of 1772 which was believed to have started from this temple. it is nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main street, recharge, absorb...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed November 13, 2016

Daienji enshrines 500 Arhat statuettes . In 1772 Edo suffered one of its worst fires and the blaze claimed many lives. Daienji was built to commemorate them and many small statues depicting Rakan were carved in the following years and placed in the temple. The...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank ART196
Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

This temples near measuring subway station is famous for its five hundred small Buddha's figures each sculpted individually with different facial characteristics such as joy, estacsy, hate, anger, boredom, contemplation and so on. (I do not have enough words or imagination to describe them. )....More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed July 5, 2016

small and cool temple that's located very near Meguro station, it's a short walk, when you reach a super steep hill that you kind of struggle to get down/walk up you know that you are very near. The temple itself is really cool there are...More

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank DanielKJ
Reviewed February 27, 2016

I went to Meguro in Tokyo to look for the Daien-Ji temple. In 1615, a temple was created to honor two groups. One is a small temple connecting trees to commemorate stillborn, miscarried children and aborted fetuses. The second is a tribute to the 14,700...More

Date of experience: March 2015
4  Thank kndy2099
Reviewed January 8, 2016

On the way down the hill to Meguro Gajoen, I came across this small but beautiful shrine. There are a lot of different statues at this shrine. Definitely worth the visit if you are around the area.

Date of experience: January 2016
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Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon this temple by accident. Staying close to the Meguro river, we hadn't realised this little jewel of a temple was here. We were searching for cherry blossoms - which we found. But in that search also discovered this little piece of beauty...More

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Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
There are countless opportunities to shop in the
Shibuya and Harajuku districts, especially in shops
that focus on Japan's "Kawaii" culture. The trendiest
areas are around Shibuya’s Center district, Harajuku's
Takeshita-dori and in Omotesando. If you need to
recharge from all the shopping, you can easily refresh
yourself in Meiji Jingu or Sasaki Park. In contrast,
Ebisu has a more grown up ambiance of calm and cool.
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