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Countless Stone Buddhas: Serenity at Jomyoin Temple



2023.06.08 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, inbound tourism adviser and consultant, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Embark on a journey of serenity at the remarkable Jomyoin Temple. Nestled within the lively streets of Taito City, this temple offers a quiet and captivating sight with its countless stone Buddhas, created to guide lost and afflicted souls towards enlightenment.

Standing as a revered place of worship since the Edo period, Jomyoin Temple holds historical significance as the family temple of Hoshuin, the mother of the fourth shogun, Tokugawa Ietsuna. Its spacious grounds offer an oasis of tranquility, where time seems to slow down upon stepping onto the temple grounds. Here, amidst the embrace of nature and silence, visitors are invited to experience a profound sense of inner peace

Open from 9:00 a.m., Jomyoin Temple offers the perfect starting point for a day of sightseeing. Imagine beginning your morning here, surrounded by crisp, clear air, as you embark on a peaceful stroll through the temple's serene environment.

Covering 1,600 square meters, Jomyoin Temple boasts a multitude of stone Jizoson statues, symbolizing Buddhist values of gratitude and compassion. Commissioned by the esteemed 38th Myoun, these statues are part of an extraordinary collection of 48,000, with around 26,000 gracing the temple grounds and the remainder scattered throughout Japan.

Jomyoin Temple is easily accessible from the JR/Keisei Line Uguisudani Station, located just an 8-minute walk away. Additionally, you can reach the temple by taking the Tozai Megurin Bus to Kan-eiji Temple, and it's a convenient 4-minute walk from there to the temple grounds.

Jomyoin soon celebrates its 350th anniversary of offering its quiet setting for individuals to connect with their departed loved ones and ancestors. Come and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Jizo Bosatsu status. Allow yourself to be captivated by the serene surroundings and embark on a journey of inner reflection and peace.

Believe that every encounter is guided by fate and know that the Jomyoin Temple and its thousands of Jizoson statues patiently await your visit!

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