Attraction 3-15-1 Tsukiji Chuo, Tokyo 104-8435 Japan Published on: 27-02-2016
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Why TSUKIJI HONGANJI TEMPLE is special ?
The original Tsukiji Honganji Temple, with an Indian-style exterior, was built in 1617 near Asakusa, but was burnt down in a huge fire that swept through Edo (Tokyo) in 1657. The Temple was then rebuilt on the present site, but destroyed again by the Great Tokyo Earthquake of 1923. The current main building was built in 1934.The main building possesses a distinctive ambience not found in other Japanese temples, due to its variety of architectural styles. The design of the stone exterior was based on an ancient Indian style and combines Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic architectural styles in a complex manner. The columns and wide stairs of the Temple moreover are reminiscent of Greek and Roman architectural styles. Inside, Buddhist statues are placed on the altar in the same way as a Japanese temple, creating a solemn air. And at the back of the main building is a pipe organ made in the former West Germany. The main building, which fuses a myriad of cultures, is a building of great artistic value.
What to explore at TSUKIJI HONGANJI TEMPLE?
•Saturday English service
The English Service is conducted on the 4th Saturday of each month starting at 5:30 in the evening. It is one of the few opportunities in the Tokyo Metropolitan area to be able to hear Dharma talks on the Jodo Shinshu teaching in English. Talks are given by esteemed Hongwanji ministers and lay persons. Anyone is cordially invited to attend the service. After the service, an informal gathering together with the guest speaker and all the participants are held to ask questions and share their insights over light refreshments. Please join us at the service with your friends. For further information, contact at [email protected]
The tentative guest speakers for fiscal 2014 will be as follows:
January 31 Rev. Gene Sekiya(Linguistic Specialist, Hongwaji International Center)
February 28 Mr. Wayne Yokoyama
March 28 Rev. Dr. Kenneth Tanaka
• Lunchtime concert
The Tsukiji Hongwanji regularly presents “the pipe organ lunchtime concert.” It may be said that it is unusual for a Buddhist temple to have a pipe organ, but fortunately the Tsukiji Hongwanji received the organ from Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (the Society for the Promotion of Buddhism) as a donation in 1970. The instrument, manufactured in Germany, consists of 2,000 pipes, including different sizes which range 3-meter long to 1- centimeter. The organ is played at wedding ceremonies and various events and activities.
The lunchtime concerts are usually being held on the last Friday of the month from 12:20 P.M. to 12:50 P.M. at the main hall. The numbers played includes classics, Buddhist songs, and other genres of music. No admission fee is required, open to anyone. Why not just visit the temple and listen to professional tunes! For more information, call at 03-3541-1131.
How to get to TSUKIJI HONGANJI TEMPLE?
HIBIYA LINE to TSUKIJI Station (H10)
O-EDO LINE to TSUKIJI SHIJOU Station (E18) and walk 7 min. towards St. Luke's Hospital.
About 20 minutes away from the Ginza, towards HARUMI pier.
- Nice Temple set in peaceful atmosphere
- Unique design
- Pretty amazing place
- Temple of unusual shape
- Magical atmosphere
3-15-1 Tsukiji Chuo, Tokyo 104-8435 Japan
Tips for you
This was a rather large temple in a setting just off the street down from the fish market. The Temple is a branch of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwonj Buddhists. The original Temple was built in another location during the Edo period in the 1600's. It was burned and rebuilt in this location and in 1923 destroyed by an earthquake. It was rebuilt using a architectural design from India, hence the rounded domes. The inside is spacious and one entire wall has a history of the times. The worship area is golden and there is a large drum on the left side. Much different from other temples but lovely in its' design. Worth a stop if you are in the area.