If you’re someone who is inspired by warriors who are the embodiment of loyalty, honour and sacrifice, this temple is a must-visit. The temple in itself is a small and simple one located in a quiet neighbourhood with very few people around. But what makes this temple historic is that it’s the final resting place of the legendary 47 Ronin.
In the 17th century these samurai wreaked a terrible vengeance on the official who had unjustly condemned their lord Asano Naganori to death. They then placed the severed head of their enemy on the grave of their lord in this very same temple and stoically submitted themselves to their punishment - seppuku or hara-kiri (ritual suicide by disembowelment).
You can pay your respects by placing incense sticks on each of the graves for just 300 yen. There’s also a small museum at the side (for an entry fee). You can buy 500 yen postcards as well.
For me, it was an honour to be in the presence of these legendary samurai who, with their actions, upheld in true spirit the Japanese warrior code of honour – Bushido.
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