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The mysterious attraction of "a temple which doesn't look like a temple"

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.).

  • Viewing period:
  • All year round
  • Challenge level:
  • ★☆☆
  • Feeling:
  • Overwhelming

Travel advice

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

The name Tsukiji derives from the fact that the place was reclaimed from what had once been the sea. If you take a walk around neighboring Nihonbashi and Ginza, you will come into contact with the history and culture of what had been a flourishing waterfront during the Edo period. In particular, Nihonbashi, which is the location of the road-origin marker and zero milestone of Japan's transportation network today, was the starting point of the so-called "Five Highways" (among them the Tokaido) during the Edo period, and was a symbol of the prosperity of that time. One of the pleasures the area offers while strolling through its streets is that of hunting for souvenirs in the many long-established shops, such as the specialist dry foods store Yagicho Honten. You can casually enjoy Edomae sushi, one of Edo's gourmet cuisines, at Tsukiji Sushisei on the basement level of Tokyo Station.


Tsukiji Sushisei

updated on Sep 30, 2015