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Jyomyoin Temple

Edo-era Buddhist temple with connections to the Tokugawa shogunate

Photo of Jyomyoin Temple, Japan (浄名院 八万四千体地蔵尊 by kaoruokumura)

Established in 1621, Jyomyoin Temple in Tokyo is a historical site of the Tendai sect, notable for its connections with the Tokugawa shogunate. This tranquil enclave provides insight into Japan’s rich Buddhist heritage and Edo-period architecture, serving as a peaceful haven in the heart of the city. Visitors can participate in meditation and sutra chanting, immersing themselves in the temple’s spiritual practices.

About Jyomyoin Temple

Centrally located in Tokyo, Jyomyoin Temple is a significant site for the Tendai sect of Buddhism. Its foundation during the Edo period signifies an important era in Japan’s religious history. Its association with the Tokugawa shogunate, who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868, adds a layer of historical depth. The Tokugawa family, central to Japan’s feudal governance, designated Jyomyoin as a mausoleum, including for the seventh shogun, Tokugawa Ietsugu.

The temple’s architecture and gardens narrate the period’s aesthetic and spiritual values. Beyond its physical appeal, Jyomyoin Temple offers a space for contemplation, allowing the outside world’s noise to give way to inner peace. As an active place of worship, the temple maintains Tendai traditions through regular ceremonies and events, maintaining its role in Japan’s religious practice.

Jyomyoin Temple is both a cultural and historical beacon, serving as more than a testament to the past but also as a conduit to Japan’s spiritual and historical essence. For those interested in the country’s history, architecture, and spirituality, visiting the temple is an exploration into the Edo-period heritage.

Visitors are encouraged to take their time on the temple grounds to appreciate the design details and the narratives within. Participating in temple practices, such as meditation sessions, can offer tranquility and introspection. The surrounding area of Tokyo, with its mix of traditional and modern elements, provides a contrasting backdrop to the temple’s storied environment. Jyomyoin Temple remains a sanctuary of calm, welcoming all to discover the harmony of history, culture, and spirituality it has preserved for nearly four centuries.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Jyomyoin Temple

JY 06

JR Uguisudani
 JR Yamanote Line

 5-10 minute walk (800m)
G 16

 Ginza Line + 3 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.6km)

Around Jyomyoin Temple

Jyomyoin Temple

Buddhist Temple in Tokyo

open 9am - 5pm
closed Irregularly


浄名院, 東京

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