Matsuchi-yama Shoden Temple

Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa is one of the most popular temple in Tokyo.  But in old days in 17th or 18th century, there was another famous spot especially druing cherry blossoms season – Matsuchi-yama Shoden Temple.  From Senso-ji Temple, you go further towards Sumida River and a little north.  There is a mountain called Matsuchi-yama which used to be a viewing spot of old Tokyo.

Matsuchiyama in Ukiyoe

In this mountain, there is Honryuin- Temple also known as Shoden Temple.  Shoden is a Buddha of this temple.

Honryuin 05.JPGBy Tak1701d投稿者自身による作品, CC 表示-継承 3.0, Link

This temple is one of the “offspring temples” of Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa and the origin goes back to 595.

There is a unique tradition to donate radish to Shoden Buddha.  Therefore the symbol of this temple is radish.  And it is a unique radish with two roots.

Matsuchi-yama Shoten Shrine near Asakusa

Radish Festival is held in this shrine in January.

In the back of the temple, there is a small Japanese garden.  It is unbelievably quiet secluded space in the middle of Tokyo.

The temple is just across the street from the Sumida River.

Sumida River

For More Information on Matsuchiyama Shoden Temple

Address: 4-1 Asakusa 7-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hrs of Main Temple: 6am – 4:30pm (Apr-Sept), 6:30am – 4:30pm (Oct-Mar)

Transportation: 10 min walk from Asakusa Station of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line and Tobu Isezaki Line

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