Yushima Seido

湯島聖堂Yushima Seido (湯島聖堂), which is a temple of Confucius, was established in 1632 as a private shrine and was relocated here in 1690 as a facility of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Confucian temples are rare in Japan, and among them this one is the most well-known.
Except for a few small exceptions, its buildings were reconstructed with concrete after they were destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Its architecture is built in Chinese-style so it's a little different from Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples.
Across the road from the precincts stands Kanda Shrine, so even though each of them is not so large, together they can be attractive, considering their accessibility - Yushima Seido is a 2-minute walk from JR Ochanomizu Station, which is two stations away from JR Tokyo Station.

Kanda Myojin Shrine
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Kanda Shrine in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
The guardian of the town of Edo (present-day Tokyo).
Gyokomon Gate
Yushima Seido
Yushima Seido

Shibun-kaikan is the temple office.

Statue of Confucius
Yushima Seido
Nyutokumon Gate
Yushima Seido

Nyutokumon Gate is the sole building remaining from the feudal times.

Inside Nyutokumon Gate
Yushima Seido
Kyodanmon Gate
Yushima Seido
Figure of an imaginary animal on the roof
Yushima Seido
Yushima Seido
Yushima Seido

Taiseiden is the main hall where Confucius and some other figures are enshrined.

Inside Taiseiden
Yushima Seido

The front door of Taiseiden is open only on Saturdays, Sundays & national holidays.

Yushima Seido Temple
Hours: 9:30-17:00 (-16:00 in winter); closed Aug 13-17 & Dec 29-31
1-4-25 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo MAP
Access: 2-min walk from Ochanomizu Station of the JR Chuo Line or the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line

Holy Resurrection Cathedral


Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Tokyo, known briefly as Nikorai-do (ニコライ堂) in Japan, is the top cathedral of the Japanese Orthodox Church.
Its church building is the largest Byzantine-style architecture in Japan. It was built in 1891 and survived the 1923 earthquake and WWII, though heavily damaged by the earthquake. This construction is in pure European-style designed by European architects so it may not be what you expect to see here in Japan if you are a foreign visitor, but this place is also within a few minutes' walk from JR Ochanomizu Station so I decided to mention it a little.

Holy Resurrection Cathedral
Holy Resurrection Cathedral Official English website
4-1-3 Kanda-surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to MAP
Access: JR Ochanomizu Sta., Tokyo Metro Subway's Shin-ochanomizu Sta.