Sengaku-ji Temple

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Sengaku-ji is a temple located in Tokyo's Minato area. It is a temple of the Soto sect of Buddhism. Together with Seisho-ji and Sosen-ji temples it is referred as the Edo Sanka-ji. It was founded by Ieyasu Tokugawa but was lost in the great fire of 1641, and 2 shoguns of Tokugawa built the one that exists today. Lord Naganori Asano who was ordered to commit seppuku at the famous Genroku Ako incident in Chushingura and Oishi Kuranosuke who killed Kira Yoshinaka are both buried here. The temple holds the 47 Ronin Memorial in addition to the cemetery of the 47 Ronin, many precious relics of the 47 Ronin are on display on-site, along with a video about Chushingura that is shown throughout the day. Additionally, the museum of wooden statues of loyal retainers (the Treasury of Loyal Retainers) that was made from the Edo period to 1869 is also available. This place is a popular spot for 47 Ronin fans and tourists because of the bronze statue of Oishi Kuranosuke as well as the various objects from the 47 Ronin. In honor of the 47 Ronin, Sengakuji they hold an Ako Loyal Retainers festival from April 1-7 and on December 14. At the festival there are sword battles and daimyo processions so you can enjoy the atmosphere of ancient times.


By public transport it is a 1-minute walk from Sengakuji Station (泉岳寺駅) on the Toei Asakusa Line, and by car the Shiba Park IC (芝公園IC) is the nearest interchange on the Metropolitan Expressway. Please note that here is no parking lot. Admission times vary based on season: April 1 - September 30 7:00-18:00 October 1 - March 31 7:00-17:00.

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Description: Sengaku-ji Temple

Sights Sengaku-ji Temple (泉岳寺)
Address 2 Chome-11-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to, Japan
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-3441-5560 / Fax: 03-3441-2208
Duration 2Hour(s)
Business Hours Monday:07:00-18:00
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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