A building which is just like a palace from another country, close to a busy shopping street in the metropolis of Tokyo. There must be many people who only realize that this is a Buddhist temple when they see the lotus flower motif in the center of the dome rising against the background of the night sky. Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple, with an architectural style of ancient India, and a completely different appearance from the one most Japanese people call to mind when they hear the word "temple". The place possesses a strange attraction which stirs feelings of exoticism. After sunset the main temple building is beautifully illuminated and shows a mysterious aspect which is also not to be missed - an aspect which is different again from the one it wears in daytime.
※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).
The main temple building is open to visitors from 6 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (5 p.m. from October to March), and admission is free. The main temple building is illuminated every day after sunset. In the First Missionary Hall on the right side there are also a restaurant, tea lounge and so on. The temple holds sermons and courses related to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and various other events, so be sure to check out the website.
The pleasure of travel: Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple
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updated on Sep 30, 2015