Zojo-ji Temple

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Zojo-ji Temple

Zojo-ji is a temple located in Minato-ku, Tokyo It is the head temple of Jodo Shinshu, and is the temple which has taken charge of the Tokugawa Family’s mortuary tablet for generations. As a result, many Tokugawa family members are buried here; 2nd generation Hidetada, 6th generation Ienobu, 7th generation Ietsugu, 9th generation Ieshige, 12th generation Ieyoshi, and 14th generation Ieshige are all buried here.

As the grounds are essentially the Tokugawa family’s ancestral burial grounds, the left and right rides of the doors to the temple are engraved with the Tokugawa family crest, with dragons made of bronze as well. These are highly valuable and precious relics of the past that remain today. Also on display are 120 Japanese-style paintings themed around seasonal flowers that will overwhelm your eyes when you see them, located in the auditorium that was constructed like a dojo.

You can also enjoy a daily meal made using seasonal vegetables, the "Obanzai Set Meal" which allows you a taste of traditional Kyoto cooking, so you can enjoy some Japanese style food while on your tour of temples. Additionally, there is also the still-standing Grant Pine which was planted when General Grant, the President of the USA in 1879, visited Japan.

Zojo-ji is also popular as a unique venue, it was used in MICE and was also seen in the popular X-MEN movie "Wolverine: SAMURAI".

While on the tour you can install the smartphone app xAR which allows you to read QRs from the brochures allowing you to see some augmented reality with your phone, displaying additional information and commemorative photo frames. 


Take the Toei Mita line to Onarimon Station (御成門駅) and it’s a 3 minute walk.  Coming by car you should use the Shiba Park IC (芝公園IC) on the Metropolitan Expressway. There is free parking, but please note that sometimes when a special exhibition is happening there will be a separate charge to see it. 

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Description: Zojo-ji Temple

Sights Zojo-ji Temple (増上寺)
Address 4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-3432-1431
Duration 2Hour(s)
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

Map: Zojo-ji Temple