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Why Nishiarai Daishi is special ?
Nishiarai Daishi is a Buddhist temple of the Buzan branch of the Shingon Sect, located in the Nishiarai District of Adachi Ward Tokyo. Nishiarai Daishi, formally know as Gochisan Henjoin Soji-ji Temple. Nishiarai Daishi is formally known as Gochisan Henjoin Soji-ji, famous for its rings and amulets that are said to help people find love. This temple very popular as a site of prayers when the year is coming.
What to explore at Nishiarai Daishi?
- Lots of special events
- Tranquil temple
- A good access from city center
- One of three great temples in kanto region
- New year festival
1-15-1 Nishiarai, Adachi 123-0841, Tokyo
Tips for you
This is a nice little Buddhist temple about 50 minutes outside the Roppongi/Shibuya area of Tokyo via subway/train lines. It takes some doing to get there, but it is a good area to get out of the typical tourist areas of Tokyo. Don't go expecting some spectacular shrine. This place is a nice location to get a feel of the normal neighborhoods in the areas outside the busiest areas of Tokyo. It has a nice little shopping street and as you approach the shrine gate there is a very good family restaurant on the left hand side. Not an abundance of English but the staff is friendly and if all else fails you can point to the plastic samples in the windows. The food ranges from sushi to tempura to soba noodles. From mid July through August 3rd, there is a wind chime festival that is open at least on the weekends. You can buy the glass wind chimes so popular in Japan from several vendors on the temple grounds. Actually, the chimes are set up at several tables and you write down the numbers of those you want and bring it to a central table to pay and get the chimes from stock. There are also some very nice grounds with koi and a waterfall. All modest, and not overwhelming, but all appreciated as a nice neighborhood place.