There are many temples between JR Chuo Line Koenji Station and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line Shin-Koenji Station, an area on the western outskirts of Tokyo.
Chosenji (長仙寺), founded in 1704, is a Shingon Buddhist Temple southwest of JR Chuo Line Koenji Station. It's a 3-min walk from the station.
Though its main buildings are post-war reconstructions made with concrete, overall it's a neat temple.
Koenji Hikawa ShrineJapanese
Koenji Hikawa Jinja (高円寺氷川神社), established in 1189, is a Shinto shrine located on your way to Koenji Temple from JR Koenji Station.
The shrine complex was rebuit in steel after it was destroyed in the Second World War.
It is one of a few shrines in Tokyo which you can always observe many mikoshi being displayed in a storage through glass window.
The town of Koenji is known for the Awa Odori Festival in late August, and this event was started as one dedicated to Koenji Hikawa Shrine in 1957.
About ten mikoshi (portable shrines used at the Annual Grand Festival) are exhibited in the storage like this.
Koenji (高円寺), founded in 1555, is a Soto Zen temple to the southeast of JR Koenji Station. It's a 5-min walk from the station.
It won the favor of the third Tokugawa shogun Iemitsu, and since then, the village in which Koenji stood was renamed Koenji-mura from Ozawa-mura, thus this area called Koenji to this day.
This temple, too, was burnt down in the air raids of WWII, and the present temple complex was rebuit after the war.
Chozenji (長善寺) is a Nichiren Buddhist temple founded in 1590 in Yanaka of Taito-ku, and were relocated here in 1926.
Horinji (鳳林寺) is a Soto Zen temple founded in 1558 at Idabashi, Shinjuku-ku, and was relocated here in 1914.
Jizodo is dedicated to a 3.6-meter (12-foot) stone statue of Jizo Bosatsu. Hung in front of the buliding are a giant rice paddle and a huge pestle. Behind the statue there's a small boat.
Sotaiin (宗泰院) is a Soto Zen temple established in 1584 in Chiyoda-ku. It was relocated here in 1909.
Choryuji (長龍寺) is a Soto Zen temple established in 1593 in Chiyoda-ku. It was relocated here in 1909.
Unfortunately, you are not allowed to go inside the Sanmon gate here.
Saishoji (西照寺) is a Soto Zen temple established in 1574 in Minato-ku. It was relocated here in 1911.
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