Attraction 1-5-5 Nishiasakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0035, Japan Published on: 29-04-2016
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Why Honzan Higashihongan-ji Temple is special ?
Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple, officially known as Jodoshin sect Higashi-honganji-ha Higashi-Honganji Temple, is a Buddhist temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect, in Asakusa District, Taito Ward central Tokyo. Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple was originally built in Kanda, Tokyo by Kyonyo, the 12th Priest of Higashi-Honganji, in 1651 and it was known as the Edo Gobo Kozuiji Temple. After a fire in 1657 Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple was moved to its current site in Asakusa and was called Asakusa Honganji Temple. Then in 1965, Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple changed its name again to Tokyo Higashi-Honganji Temple. After the conflict called 'Ohigashi Sodo', it went independent from Otani sect in 1981.
What to explore at Honzan Higashihongan-ji Temple?
The area has a lot of places to pray. It includes tons of small things to do where you donate a few yen, and can even get your fortune told. Surprisingly the fortune I chose has proven to be correct. Funny how things work out! There are tons of places to go even outside the area of the temple. So you'll be able to spend a lot of time here.
- A special building
- A very Big temple, under restoration
- Close to the station and impressive.
- Spectacular main hall
- One of the largest wooden buildings in the world!
1-5-5 Nishiasakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0035, Japan
Tips for you
Higashi honganji, located in Tokyo, is one of the biggest temples in Tokyo. Being near Asakusa Area, however, not so famous as Sensoji, which many foreigner are visiting. Historically, this temples belonged to one of the biggest sect of Japanese Buddhism and Kyoto has the temple of the same name that is the headquarter of the sect. The relation of the two temples is complicated, but Higashi honganji in Kyoto is rather prestigious and older, more influential. Roughly, this temple is the representative of the sect that is popular in Tokyo. No evident exhibit to show and the temple does not regard itself as temple for visitors. Located in downtown area in the eastern parts of Tokyo, this site is big surrounded by old dwellings and companies. If you visit the temple for sight-seeing, especially high interests seem to be required.