Attraction 7-10-3 Shibamata, Katsushika 125-0052, Tokyo Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why SHIBAMATA TAIKYAKUTEN (SHIBAMATA TAISHAKUTEN) is special ?
Shibamata Taikyakuten, formally known as Kyoeizan Daikyoji Temple, is a Buddhist temple of the Nichiren sect, which is in Shibamata District Katsushika Ward of Tokyo. Shibamata Taikyakuten, established in 1629, is particularly popular on New Years day and other festival days. Shibamata Taikyakuten was used in the famous Japanese film Otoko wa Tsurai yo (It's tough being a man). In 1996 the Ministry of the Environment designated Shibamata Taikyakuten and its ferry boat as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan.
What to explore at SHIBAMATA TAIKYAKUTEN (SHIBAMATA TAISHAKUTEN)?
The street leading up to the temple (Taishakuten Sando) is buzzing with activity, the atmophere is alive with the shouts of the traders from the shops lining the street and the smells of traditional Japanese snacks wafting from the stalls are intoxicating. However, when you get inside, you will be tempted by the charm and peaceful beauty of the temple. It's not crowded by tourists as others. Instead, you can observe local people doing their ritual pray inside the main hall.
How to get to SHIBAMATA TAIKYAKUTEN (SHIBAMATA TAISHAKUTEN)?
Taishakuten is about a 5 minute walk from Shibamata station or about 12 minutes from Kanamachi station.
- Temple is nice - carvings and garden are exceptional
- Traditional temple outside main Tokyo area
- In search of retro and beautiful carvings
- A nice break in Tokyo
- A glimpse at old Tokyo.
7-10-3 Shibamata, Katsushika 125-0052, Tokyo
Tips for you
If you are interested in retro rather modern/urban Tokyo (I am the former, not the latter), this is one of the areas where you can visit from Tokyo or on the way to or from Narita airport.Nikko Toshogu level skilled carvings are seen everywhere at Taishakuten.Although it is free to entre the area, it is always good to drop some coins into the box to say 'Hello' to the temples and shrines so that they can keep going until your next visit.