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Gokokuji Temple – Tokyo

Posted in Places by tokyobling on April 8, 2015

Few temples in the Japanese capital manage what the grand Gokokuji in Bunkyo ward manages – it gives its name to a subway station: The Gokokuji Station on the Yurakucho line. Exiting from the station the temple is right in front of you and it is hard to miss either of the grand gates leading up to the main temple building. As usual with these huge temple compounds, a big part has been given over to more modern endeavors, offices and car parks, but the upper part remains impressive. The temple itself was founded in 1681 by the fifth shogun and is one of the few temple buildings in the capital that survived all earthquakes and bombing raids unscathed. The temple compound might not look like much in the winter, but come summer the whole compound looks much better with trees full of leaves and life. More images to come, and more details on what is found here.

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  1. Abdul Rahman Abdullah said, on April 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    this is my favourite temple in Tokyo, so quiet, so peaceful, so old . This place has a lot of sentimental value as this is where i first met the Emperor and Empress haha

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