What is Shibamata Taishakuten Temple?
Shibamata Taoishakuten Temple is located in Tokyo's Katsushika-ku and is a Nichiren sect temple. Although the official name is Kyoeizan Daikyo-ji Temple, it is referred to as Shibamata Taishakuten Temple. Most of the buildings were built post-Meiji period (1868-1912). The temple includes Nitenmon Gate, Taishakudo Hall, Kikenjyo Hall, Hondo Main Hall, Daishoro Temple Bell, and Suikeien Garden. Nitenmon Gate, Taishakudo Hall and Kikenjyo Hall include ornate decorations. Taishakudo Hall, in particular, has a famous carving that was modeled after the Hokekyo Lotus Sutra painting. Though it may look rustic, is an intricate and beautiful piece. There are walkways for visitors to use to view this and other sculptures and carvings, and this is referred to as "Sculpture Gallery". Suikeien Garden was built in 1965 and is made so visitors can take a stroll through the garden and enjoy the view. There is also a quiet and graceful waterfall in the garden. The Sculpture Gallery and Suikeien Garden require additional admission fees (400 yen for adults, 200 yen for elementary school and middle school students). These areas are open from 9:00AM to 4:00PM, and last entry is at 3:30PM. Shibamata Taishakuten Temple also appears as a stage for many novels and movies. The most well-known is the famous Japanese film series, "Otoko-wa-tsuraiyo" ("It's Tough Being a Man"), featuring a main character named Tora-san, a kindhearted vagabond unlucky in love. The film features the temple ground as well as the main approach to the temple. In novels, the most famous work is writer Natsume Soseki's novel, "Higansugimade".
By train: Shibamata Station on the Keisei Railway Kanamachi Line. By bus: Shibamata Taishakuten stop on the Keisei Bus. By car: Yotsugide-Iriguchi exit is the closest interchange on the Shuto Kosoku-doro Chuo-kanjosen (Metropolitan Expressway Central Circular Route). The parking lot at the temple is open from 9:00AM to 4:00PM on weekdays, 9:00AM to 5:00PM on weekends and holidays, and costs 100 yen per 15 minutes.
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|Sights||Shibamata Taishakuten Temple (柴又帝釈天)|
125‐0052 Tokyo, Katsushika-ku, Shibamata 7‐10‐3
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 03-3657-2886|
|Closed dates||NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|