February is a time for viewing plum blossoms. There are many places to see them throughout Japan. Even if you don’t think of seeing them, you can easily find flower viewing spots here and there on the corners of the streets or in the parks. Sometimes, you will see them in temples and shrines.
Since the weather became fine last weekend, I biked around Komagome area and found several places which had beautiful blossoms. Komagome locates in northern Tokyo near from Sugamo which is famous for the gardian deity of children called Togenuki Jizo.
Zuitai-ji Temple was originally built in the other place but was moved to the current place in 1648. From the gate of the temple, I could see the white plum blossoms.
Usually there are koma-inu dogs in front of shrines. However, interestingly, I found statues of elephants at the gate of this temple.
Kogen-ji Temple was known as “Komagome Dai Kannon” because there used to be a big statue of eleven-faced deity. This temple and this area was also known for plum blossoms. The statue of deity was destroyed during the World War II but recently it was rebuilt.
Komagome area has lots of temples and many have plum trees. Karin-ji Temple is one of them.
For More Information of Today’s Biking Course
- Zuitai-ji Temple (unique elephants at the gate) :
36-1 Mukogaoka 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
- Kogen-ji Temple (Komagome Dai Kannon – Big Deity):
38-22 Mukogaoka 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
- Korin-ji Temple:
37-5 Mukogaoka 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo