Attraction 140 Yamashitacho Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0023 Japan Published on: 27-02-2016
|1 hours 30 mins|
|09:00 AM - 07:00 PM|
Kanteibyo (Kuan Ti Miao Temple) is good for
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Why Kanteibyo (Kuan Ti Miao Temple) is special ?
The Yokohama Kanteibyo, Guan Di Miao, 横滨关帝庙, was founded in 1862 when a Chinese migrant brought a sculpture of Guan Gong, 关公，from China and enshrined it in a modest temple.
This small temple attracted fellow migrants to worship and soon became a central locus in the local community. By 1871, the Yokohama Kanteibyo had become a major landmark in Yokohama Chinatown 横滨中华街.
The temple was destroyed by the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake and suffered damages during the 1945 Allies air attack. In 1981, it was strike by lighting and caught fire. In 1986, another fire engulfed the temple.
Every time a disaster struck, the local community came together and rebuilt the temple. Each rebuilding project produced a more magnificent temple. After the 1986 fire, the rebuilding ceremony was conducted on 14 August 1990 to launch the reconstruction that was scheduled in 3 stages. The project was completed in April 2000.
What to explore at Kanteibyo (Kuan Ti Miao Temple)?
The Yokohama Kanteibyo functions as a spiritual, cultural, and social site for Overseas Chinese in Yokohama. It is also a major tourist attraction drawing overseas Chinese tourists as well as visitors from all over the world.
The local committee and authority’s support of Yokohama Kanteibyo is evident in many parts of Yokohama Chinatown. There are display signs on the roads to guide visitors to the temple. Even ceremonies in the temple are communicated via banners all over Chinatown. The temple location is prominently communicated in all tourist literatures. Perhaps most outstanding of all is an archway announcing the road leading to the Yokohama Kanteibyo.
How to get to Kanteibyo (Kuan Ti Miao Temple)?
5-minute walk northwest from Municipal Subway Kencho-mae Station.
140 Yamashitacho Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0023 Japan
When you see it from the outside, I think most people think "wow! It's so beautiful" and then think "it's a bit over the top isn't it?" and I agree. But then you go in, and pay the 500yen fee and it doesn't matter anymore. Because you get 5 big incense sticks which you use in a particular order to pray to the temple gods. You have to bow 3 times before and after you put each stick in the right bowl. It's really fun and the temple people are really helpful and nice :) It's forbidden to take pictures of the interior of the building, like all shrines and temples in Japan, but the outside alone is worth a visit.