With hundreds of statues and an elaborate golden alter, Zojoji Temple is dedicated to Jizo, the patron saint of travelers and departed children. The building is a 1974 reconstruction, the original was destroyed in the air raids of May 1945. In the garden look out for the two trees – one planted in 1879 by General Grant the 18th President of America, and the other, in 1982 by George Bush.
The temple is set in attractive gardens surrounded by Shiba Koen (park). It offers some great photo opportunities with the traditional Zojoji temple in the foreground and the modern Tokyo Tower in the background.
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, all-year-round
Admission Price: Free
Further Information: http://www.zojoji.or.jp/en/
How to get there
Zozoji Temple is near Tokyo Tower. Turn right out of the main exit and it’s next to the Prince Hotel.
Take the Mita Subway Line to Onarimon Station.
From Tokyo Tower, Roppongi is about a 15 minute walk. From the tower’s main entrance turn left, walk straight on, cross over Sakurada Dori Avenue and then continue straight along Gaienhigashi Dori Avenue.
Featured image in this article by Natalie Maguire, CC 2.0