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Gokokuji Taishido – Bunkyo Ward Temple

Posted in Places by tokyobling on April 30, 2015

My favorite building on the massive Gokokuji temple compound in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward is without a doubt the relatively tiny Taishido (大師堂). The patina and the robustness of the old wooden building is very attractive for some reason, partly helped by it secluded location on the temple grounds, off to one side. The temple was originally built in 1701 and went by the name of Yakushido (薬師堂) but was moved to its present location and received a new name in 1926 after the large Tokyo fires. From the look of the roof I have a feeling it might been covered in straw in the old days.

Since 1975 the Taishido has been designated an important cultural relic by the Bunkyo Ward office. I wish I could have gotten better photos but there was a very very devout man praying in front of the temple and he made no signs as if he was about to move anywhere soon so I gave up on the project for this time. See, there is a story behind all these images I post. (^-^)






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  1. Grigoris said, on April 30, 2015 at 10:23 am

    But see? This is how you get these great angles! If it wasn’t for the praying gentleman you’d have got the same boring stuff the rest of us shoot!


  2. trietnguyen1982 said, on April 30, 2015 at 11:44 am

    It’s so peaceful!


  3. Mikku said, on May 1, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for flagging up yet another place I must visit. Maybe during this Golden Week I’ll pop into Tokyo and try to visit a few of them in one day!


  4. aktcornelio said, on May 3, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Temples that are not filled with tourists are the best! This one is beautiful!


    • tokyobling said, on May 19, 2015 at 2:55 am

      I think I saw a family of three Chinese when I was there. Other than that, I was the only tourist!


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