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Why KIYOMIZU KANNON-DO TEMPLE is special ?
Established in 1631 and moved to its present site overlooking Shinobazu Pond in 1698, this small but important structure is a copy of the famous Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto (but on a much less grand scale). It was once part of the Kan'eiji Temple precincts that covered Ueno Hill during the Edo Period. Remarkably, the temple survived both the 1868 battle between Imperial and shogunate forces and bombings during World War II. Today, it's one of Tokyo's oldest temples.
What to explore at KIYOMIZU KANNON-DO TEMPLE?
This temple enshrines Kosodate Kannon, protectress of childbearing and child-raising; women hoping to become pregnant come here to ask for the goddess's mercy, and those whose wishes have been fulfilled return to pray for their child's good health and protection. Many leave behind dolls as symbols of their children. Once a year, on September 25, a requiem service is held for all the dolls at the temple, after which they are cremated.
- Perfectly sited in Ueno Koen
- Buddhist temple in pleasant park
- Great place to stroll in Ueno Koen Park
- Important cultural property
- Cherry blossom festival
1-29 Uenokoen Taito, Tokyo Japan
Tips for you
You can't miss Kiyomizu Kannondo as you walk or bike ride through Ueno Koen. It's at the top of a long set of stairs. Photoing looking up from the bottom of the stairs, the temple's veranda can be seen with the circular trained tree trunk in front. From on top of the stairs, you can easily photo the exterior from many angles. You can also make interesting photos facing down the steep stairs toward the park. During sakura the temple is particularly attractive with several weeping trees blooming beside it. A little later in the spring, azalea bushes bloom in front. One caution, no photography is allowed inside. We don't go in any longer, but we do have years worth of exterior shots. Several years ago, after having been yelled at by a priest for even having a camera around my neck, I tried to look at the interior through my binos. I got yelled at for that too. (Difficult to rate a temple - average because not the biggest and best and the unfriendly priests put us off.)