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“Quaint temple complex”
Review of Tennoji Temple

Tennoji Temple
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Experience Old and Nostalgic Tokyo: Yanaka...
Ranked #41 of 463 things to do in Taito
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Tennoji began life in 1274 however little remains of the original temple after its destruction in the 1868 Battle of Ueno.

In 1957, a five-storied pagoda dating from the late eighteenth century did stand on what were then the temple grounds however burnt to the ground; those grounds are now within the Yanaka Cemetery complex. The temple was rebuilt to its former glory on its current site from what I can research.

As with many temple complexes in Tokyo, little remains of the original complexes however this temple complex is a lovely experience with the large, bronze seated image of buddha that was constructed in 1690 is a dominating garden feature.

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Tennoji Temple wasn't in my plans; I just let the YaNeSen walk surprise me whatever I can find.

Tennoji Temple is the first part of the YaNeSen walk, together with Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street and Yanaka Cemetery. Unlike Sensoji Temple in Asakusa that is full of people, Tennoji Temple has less visitors. My first impression of Tennoji Temple is that the bronze Buddha resembles that of Kamakura, but smaller.

As a traveller who loves religious sites, Tennoji Temple is a good place to pray and to have quiet time.

This part of Tokyo is worth the visit!
Tennoji Temple is my favorite Buddhist temple, and one of the oldest temples in Japan!

Thank Eriko H
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Reviewed 22 July 2017

Nice little temple, for the beginning of your Yanesen walking tour. You can see the bronze buddha statue the moment you enter. It was very quiet, no tourists (besides me!) & little locals too.

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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Short walk from Nippori Station to a lovely temple with a bronze Buddha statue. Was fortunate to visit during cherry blossoms. The temple borders the cemetery.

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Reviewed 17 December 2016

We first visited Tennoji 3 years back when we explore Yanaka. We were staying at nearby Nippori recently which is just beside so a revisit here is a must!!
天王寺is the nearest Temple just after alighting from JR station. A few steps up the stone stairway from the bridge and one can see the temple premise. The old Temple was founded in 1274 and has strong link with the nationalist Buddhist priest, Nichiren.
Tennoji temple is surrounded by Yanaka Cemetery, 谷中霊, the star of the Yanaka neighbourhood. The temple today is on simple but beautifully landscaped grounds. Taking much attention is the large, several centuries old, bronze Buddha. The seated image of Buddha was constructed by Ota Kyuemon and was known as affectionately as "Tennoji Daibutsu" by locals. You will also find a beautiful statue of Kannon the Goddess of mercy. In addition Tennoji Temple is home to one of the famous Yanaka Seven Gods of Fortune.
The area is famous for its ancient cherry trees we visited in late-fall s only mapleleaves..ll! Quiet on a Friday morning it is really peaceful and tranquil place. Do include this in your iternary too

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