Tsukiji Hongwanji, Tsukiji

3.9
#8 of 1,991 in Historic Sites in Tokyo
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Experience the calm tranquility of Tsukiji Hongwanji, a Jodo Shinsu Buddhist site boasting an eclectic fusion of architectural styles. Originally constructed in the 17th century, the temple suffered from both fire and earthquake, with the structure you see today largely built in the 1930s. Approaching the entrance, note the South Asian influence on the ornate architecture, intended to reflect Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic styles. Inside, discover artifacts of many eras of Buddhist and Japanese history, the significance of which have made this temple a popular pilgrimage site. Look for the gleaming pipe organ manufactured in West Germany, an unusual sight in a Buddhist temple. Plan to visit Tsukiji Hongwanji during your Tokyo vacation using our convenient Tokyo trip planner.
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  • Near fish markets. Came across by accident. Huge area and temple in city area. Many tourists and worshipers. Monks were actively worshiping in Temple. Photos allowed but no flash. Worth a stop  more »
  • A place of worship by a different branch, I imagine, to the regular Buddist faith seen at most places in Japan. This one has direct link to the one more common in India, as explained on site, and it.....  more »
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  • This is a unique Buddhist temple, due to its mixture of Japanese and Western architecture. Up until 5pm about you'll be able to visit the central hall of the temple for free. A very tranquil place with the smell of sage and cedar wood. Good for a little rest or a moment of metropolitan zen! Seats are available.
  • Cool place, as it's the only stone Buddhist temple I've seen, also built in such a western style. It was interesting to peek around, but there really wasn't a whole ton to see other than the main hall, which is built like a chapel. Felt a little weird, to be honest.

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