【Tokyo’s guide book 2】東京のガイドブック2







【浅草寺】聖観音宗 あさくさかんのん 浅草寺 公式サイト (senso-ji.jp)


【増上寺】大本山 増上寺 (zojoji.or.jp)


【寛永寺】東叡山 寛永寺 公式ホームページ (kaneiji.jp)



Today I introduce three temples from the book “Three Great Monuments of

the Pre-Edo Period” by guide-book on how to walk the earth, Tokyo.

Until Tokugawa Ieyasu set up the Edo shogunate, the capital of Japan was Kyoto,

so I thought there would be no famous architecture before the Edo period.

The places featured in the book are Asakusa, Senso-JI Temple, Kan-Eiji

Temple, and Daihonzan Zojo-Ji Temple.

However, Kan-Eiji Temple was built in 1625, so not before the Edo period.

This is because the Edo period started in 1603.

【Senso-Ji Temple】聖観音宗 あさくさかんのん 浅草寺 公式サイト (senso-ji.jp)

This temple was built in 628 and is the oldest temple in Tokyo. It has been burnt down several times by earthquakes and wars, but has been rebuilt and is still a popular tourist destination for Japanese and foreigners alike.

【Zojo-Ji Temple】大本山 増上寺 (zojoji.or.jp)

The temple was founded in the Muromachi period (1336-1573). It has the tombs of the Tokugawa Shoguns and is a famous place in Edo, depicted in Nishiki-e woodblock prints

【Kanei-Ji Temple】東叡山 寛永寺 公式ホームページ (kaneiji.jp)

The temple was founded by Tenkai, a monk to whom Tokugawa Ieyasu was devoted. It is a temple that has walked with the Tokugawa family through their rise and fall.

All temples have plum or cherry trees. If you are in the area, I recommend a walk.


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