Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji Temple, Minato

Zenkoji Temple
3.5
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Neighborhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
Not so long ago the Akasaka and Roppongi areas were famous for their nightlife, high-class restaurants, bars and clubs. More recently, with the opening of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sacas, the area has declared itself as the most fashionable spot to be seen. The area also hosts the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum and lots of trendy art galleries.

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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia25,196 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
It is a very large temple amid high rise buildings just off Aoyama Dori in Aoyama. It is impressive but fairly typical of temples around Tokyo.This area of Tokyo is one of the best and you are not far from Ometasando and the Meiji Jingu Shrine so a stop here is worthwhile.
Written February 4, 2017
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Merlene N
Cape Town, South Africa143 contributions
Oct 2016
A visit to Nagano would not be complete without seeing the famous Zenkō-ji Temple. Its not affiliated with any particular sect of Buddhism and is open to everyone regardless of their belief. In Zenkoji temple below the sacred altar is a staircase leading to an underground dark passage approx100m. The goal is to find a lock/ key known as the Key to Paradise. 'Kaidan Meguri' is a mindfulness practice or reflection in absolute darkness. It is common to see people kneeling in wait for a blessing every morning approx. 6.00 am. Definitely worth a visit especially if staying at a Shukubo or temple loding.
Written November 20, 2016
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Mandy P
Zama, Japan83 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
Allot two hours total to check out everything and walk into the underground tunnel and touch the doorknob that promises a "key to paradise". If you're strapped on time, okay to miss- but if you have more time in Japan definitely try to get here!
Written July 22, 2016
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SFseptember
Falun, Sweden24 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Unfortanately this place was closed when we got there but it was beutiful to see from the outside and well worth visiting if you are nearby.
Written July 23, 2015
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Jack F
Bandung, Indonesia827 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
A place of worship they find Buddhists, and built since the 7th century! This place certainly saves a lot of things related to the history, part of the heritage and the development of this temple, you can see in this place.
Written June 24, 2015
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mrsbrucewayne
19 contributions
Jun 2014 • Solo
This Buddhist Temple and Museum are absolutely beautiful. The garden is serene and conducive to meditation. The museum is in a pagoda near the temple and the architecture is wondrous. The inside of the Buddhist temple has a large area for people to sit on the floor and take in the ambiance of this experience. There is also a pitch black hallway that people walk through, while touching the wall, you can touch your ticket to the gateway to paradise. This attraction is well worth the trip and it shouldn't take you longer than an hour or two.
Written August 9, 2014
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Funkyjive5
Calgary, Canada231 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
A little work to get to but if you are in the area an ok visit. The grounds are very nice and the secret black tunnel is a cool feature - just very short. I would not make the trek to here specifically to visit this temple.

However, not far - just down the street actually - is a great Sake shop where you can taste about a dozen different kinds of sake. And this area is known for it's Sobe noodles so make sure to take in some of that at the many noodle joints along the road leading up to the temple.
Written May 6, 2014
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30Brooklyn50
West London29 contributions
Everything in Tokyo's Omotesando district opens at 11 so I found myself at a loose end and thought I'd check out the shrine.

I didn't go in and though the building is quite impressive, it is just another shrine. What is interesting is the cemetery.

Tucked away in between all the large houses and buildings, you can wonder about the family tombs which are fascinating. Some had little signs on - perhaps they're notable but I don't read Japanese so was lost on me.

I don't know anything about JP funeral practices but this place really made me want to find out.

The wind makes the tombs creek and the little pots attached to each one clatter which is quite scary. It sounds like someone trying to escape. Eek.

Think of it like a mini version of Paris's Pere Lachaisse or Monmartre cemeteries. Interesting, if a little morbid.

Written November 15, 2012
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