Gokokuji Temple was founded in 1681 at the behest of Keishoin (mother of the fifth Shogun, Tsunayoshi). The eastern half of the temple grounds is used as a cemetery for the royal family.

Gokokuji Temple Bunkyo Tokyo

Located in Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, northwest of Ochanomizu University, this temple is a Shingon sect temple known for the Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival) held in April every year to pray for children’s growth.

The temple enshrines a statue of Nyoirin Kannon (Goddess of Mercy), which was the Buddhist prayer offering of Keishoin, the mother of Tsunayoshi Tokugawa.

Gokokuji Temple Bunkyo Tokyo

The deity is believed to bring safety to the family, fulfillment of one’s desires, healing of illness, good fortune, fulfillment of various wishes, and success in life.

The Kannondō Hall survived two fires, and is designated as an important cultural property along with Gekkoden, which is a reconstruction of the Kyakuden (guest hall) at Nikkōin Temple, which was moved from Mitsui Temple in Shiga Prefecture.

Gokokuji Temple Bunkyo Tokyo

In the cemetery behind Gokokuji Temple, Sanjo Sanetomi, Okuma Shigenobu, Yamagata Aritomo and others are buried.

On New Year’s holidays, the temple holds a “Jyoshi-kai” (a ceremony to pray for good health), and the public can ring the temple bell on New Year’s Eve by reservation only.

The temple is about a 2-minute walk from Gokokuji Station on the subway line. From Minami Ikebukuro Station on the Toden Arakawa Line, it takes about 12 minutes.

Parking is not available during the New Year’s holiday, so it is best to use public transportation or pay parking in the surrounding area.

Gokokuji Temple Bunkyo Tokyo

Gokokuji Temple Information

NameGokokuji Temple
Closedwithout a holiday
Address5-40-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

How To Get To Gokokuji Temple

A short walk from Gokokuji Station on the Yurakucho Line

Pictures Of Gokokuji Temple

Gokokuji Temple Bunkyo Tokyo
The Great Buda at Gokokuji Temple
Gokokuji Temple Bunkyo Tokyo
The Local Cat’s of Gokokuji Temple
Gokokuji Temple Bunkyo Tokyo
Cherry Blossom at Gokokuji Temple

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