Shinto and Buddhist temples are important parts of Tokyo’s landscape and are a must-do cultural and spiritual experience for any visitor to Japan’s capital city. While it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo life, visiting a temple can be a very calming and valuable life experience that you are sure to take something from.
Perhaps the most well known temple, the Meiji Shrine is surrounded by parklands in central west Tokyo. The Meiji Shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife, and houses fascinating memorabilia of the couple.
Overflowing with the history of Tokyo, Zojoji Temple is neighbours with Tokyo Tower and Shiba Park. Now, what is left of the temple is well worth the visit when you are in the Minato ward with six of the fifteen Tokugawa Shoguns buried in Zojoji.
Set within a huge cemetery lined with cherry trees, the location of this temple alone is well worth the visit. At over 800 years old the beautifully landscaped surroundings complement the marvelous Tennoji Temple and make it a very tranquil place to visit in a very busy city.
Located in the east end of Tokyo, Sensoji is one of the oldest temples in Tokyo. It’s grandeur makes for beautiful photos and has a buzzing atmosphere to visit. There are dozens of stalls selling traditional food and trinkets to the droves of visitors the temple sees each day.