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Asakusa Denpoin Gardens – Tokyo’s Hidden Gem

Posted in Places by tokyobling on April 17, 2013

From the blog of Janelle Patrick I learned about Denpoin, the big quiet, brooding temple right next to the much more famous Sensoji in Asakusa. After all these years in Tokyo I had never done more than wondering what lies behind the temple but suddenly I learned that there was a whole garden behind those tall walls! The garden is normally closed all year round, but to help raise money for the victims of the earthquake in 2011 the garden and an accompanying art exhibition they have been opened to visitors for just 300 yen. Until May 7th you get the chance to visit one of the most beautiful spots in Tokyo. I talked to the staff and they told me they open the gardens sometimes, for very special occasions but they didn’t know if or when they would open to the public again. On top of the gardens, there was also an exhibition of traditional Japanese art in the form of huge wooden ema, votice picture plates, that is quite probably the most value for money exhibition of Japanese traditional picture art anywhere in the world. If you are only ever going to see one exhibition of traditional Japanese art in your life, this should be it! I have never seen anything nearly as good! All in all, you have only a few days left to see this otherwise hidden part of Tokyo and possibly the greatest collection of ema in Japan!













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  1. yoshizen said, on April 17, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Nice report. The place was beautifully photographed.
    A mystery to outsider is, —– to keep this garden in such immaculate condition,
    what sort of financial base is supporting the temple ?


    • tokyobling said, on April 17, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you Yoshizen! I think Japanese have a special talent for keeping things immaculate, including gardens, both open and closed! (^-^)


  2. lilichan06 said, on April 17, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Oh what a wonderful garden!
    But why such a beautiful place is closed ???
    Thanks to you I was able to discover it through your beautiful pictures!


  3. pk1154 said, on April 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Oh, how lovely.

    And the wisteria is starting to flower! *aaahhh*


  4. MrsUniversum said, on April 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    A place for dreams. Really.


  5. rinibiswas said, on April 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Which camera u use??? It’s awesome…i mean the picz 🙂


    • tokyobling said, on April 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you! I am not too happy with these, but I can’t blame the camera, it’s a Nikon D3s, with a 17-35mm (one of my few zoom lenses).


  6. bs365 said, on April 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

    What an incredible spot! It’s both a pity and part of the attraction that this garden is usually closed I’d say.
    Thank you for your blog! It always makes me yearn to return to Japan andone day I will for sure. 🙂


    • tokyobling said, on April 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you! I agree… being hidden adds to it in so many ways. So very few things are hidden in this day and age.


  7. Voyage Way said, on February 28, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Wooh nice garden 😉
    I remember my visit of this temple in 2009 but the garden was closed.
    I will visit Tokyo again in June, thanks for this information!


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