Tennoji Temple – Cherry Trees and Buddha

Notable for its ancient cherry trees and old bronze Buddha, Tennoji Temple should certainly be on your Tokyo temple radar.

Set within a huge cemetery scattered with dozens of ancient cherry trees, the beautiful location of Tennoji Temple is one if its most attractive selling points. At over 800 years old, the beautifully landscaped surroundings are steeped in history and as one of the last remaining refuges of Tendai Buddhism, it also plays an important role in preserving a history on the brink of extinction. The centrepiece of Tennoji is its centuries-old bronze Buddha statue. 

Nichiren Tennoji Founder Photo Credit: Ashley Van Haeften via Flickr cc

Nichiren Tennoji Founder Photo Credit: Ashley Van Haeften via Flickr cc

Tennoji Temple Overview

Photo Credit: Richard, enjoy my life! via Flickr cc

Photo Credit: Richard, enjoy my life! via Flickr cc

Tennoji was built in 1274 to house a Buddha statue carved by Nichiren, a contemporary Buddhist priest and bodhisattva (someone who has, or is attempting to, achieve enlightenment). Expansion of the temple began in the late 17th-century by order of the ruling shogunate and in 1699 was subsumed as a branch of neighboring Kan’eiji Temple.

The temple remained intact until the Japanese Civil War, which left only for the pagoda and Buddha statue unharmed. Locals believe that the statue, fondly known as “Tennoji Daibutsu”, was saved from the ravages of war by the Buddha himself and has thus become a symbol of hope and survival. 

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Tennoji Daibutsu Photo Credit: Guilhem Vellut via Flickr cc

Map

Address: 7-14-8 Yanaka, Tokyo, 110-0001
Telephone: +81 3-3821-4474

Getting to Tennoji Shrine

Photo Credit: Brancacube [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: Brancacube [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 
 
Two minutes from Nippori Station on the Yamanote Line.

Visitor Information

Duration Of Visit

30 minutes

Dates/Times

All year, 9am – 5pm

Price

Free

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