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Zojo-ji Temple, Minato

4.3
#4 of 1,739 in Historic Sites in Tokyo
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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  • The temple provides a great photo op for your visit. With Tokyo Tower as the back drop, your photos will be stunning. Just make sure to choose a clear day to visit!  more »
  • Don’t miss this amazing temple a 5 minute walk from TT. You can see the grounds from the lower viewing level - gorgeous setting. There are small fees for admittance into the museum portion of the shri...  more »
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  • Beautiful Buddhist temple, it includes other areas to see. For 1000 yen, you can visit the treasury gallery and the Tokugawa mausoleum. There is a cool exhibition in the treasury, it rotates every now and then to exhibit all the paintings. You can also visit the children garden. In that same area, you can grab a bite at a coffee shop, go to the Onamori train station or walk 5 min to the Tokyo tower, this one has plenty of interesting things to observe.
  • Love this temple, everytime I go back to Tokyo I make sure I visit. I love it because it is right in the city. It is not as busy as other temples, which is excellent because it is very quiet and serene. Of course it has a very iconic backdrop of Tokyo tower which makes this temple very unique as well. If you're looking for a very quiet and nice temple to visit with a view, this is the temple to visit!
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