Some HistoryCompleted in the year 1393, The Zōjōji Temple serves as the main temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism in the Kanto Region. Originally located in Kōjimachi, it was then moved to Hibiya, then to its current location during the Edo period in 1598 upon being selected by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder and first shōgun of the eponymous Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, as their family temple. The complex had over 120 buildings at its peak, but this number has since been greatly reduced primarily due to the destruction of World War II, Anti-Buddhist sentiments, and the decline of Buddhism during the Meiji period. It was restored after the war and has since had additional structures built inside it.
- Via Subway: Alight at the Onarimon or Shibakoen Station on the Toei Mita Line (3-minute walk)
- Via Subway: Alight at the Daimon Station on the Toei Asakusa and Toei Oedo Lines (6-minute walk). In front of this station, you’ll find a big temple gate, which will lead you straight to the temple.
- Via JR train: Alight at the Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tōhoku Line (10- minute walk).
- Via Shuto Expressway: 500 meters from the Shibakoen Exit