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Zojo-ji Temple, Tokyo

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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With a towering main gate and an enormous bell, Zojo-ji Temple ranks as one of the most important places of worship for Japanese Buddhists. Enter the complex through the imposing two-level wooden gate from 1622--the only piece of the temple to survive World War II intact. Inside the complex, you'll find a gigantic bell from 1673, as well as a cedar tree planted by American president Ulysses Grant. Head behind the great hall and you'll find a cemetery and several graves marking the resting places of six different Tokugawa shoguns, rulers of the country between the 17th and mid-19th centuries. Put Zojo-ji Temple on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Tokyo sightseeing planner.
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  • We decided to pass on the Tokyo Tower and "stumbled" upon the complex. Very interesting and had some unique things like the diety for the children. Pretty busy as we were here just before New Years... 
    We decided to pass on the Tokyo Tower and "stumbled" upon the complex. Very interesting and had some unique things like the diety for the children. Pretty busy as we were here just before New Years...  more »
  • My visitation to Zojoji was not a planned trip. It's located by the Tokyo tower, so I went to zojoji when I traveled to the Tokyo tower. Zojoji is the Buddist temple of the Tokukawa family, samurai... 
    My visitation to Zojoji was not a planned trip. It's located by the Tokyo tower, so I went to zojoji when I traveled to the Tokyo tower. Zojoji is the Buddist temple of the Tokukawa family, samurai...  more »
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  • Beautiful temple to visit. I highly recommend it. It a huge temple, I didn’t get to explore all of it, but I saw what I wanted. Please make sure that you are respectful, ask for permission if you feel unsure about something. The monks are friendly if you see them walking around. But please ask for their permission before taking a picture. If they’re in the middle of a prayer definitely do not interrupt or interfere. Sad that I have to say that but you do have individual that really just don’t care. The gift shop is amazing. Fun little gift at reasonable prices that you can get in bulk as friends and family.
  • Located right near Tokyo Tower, this historic temple is a must visit in Japan. There are lots of gardens and parks that surround the area. We went here on the weekend and it was a lively and pleasent experience. It's also free to visit and there are lots of areas to see inside the temple walls. I highly recommend stopping by this iconic Buddhist temple.

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