Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple)

Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple)

Shibamata Taishakuten (Taishakuten Daikyoji Temple)
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sephirothseviltwin
Aylesbury, UK146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I recommend visiting by train and walking up the main shopping street leading upto the temple - the shopping street is great - think wooden frames, calligraphy banners, and open store fronts - if you are there on a Sunday you might just seen the candy makers in full swing too. The shopping street looks like something from an old samurai film which was awesome!
Upon going to the temple, everything is the WOW factor. Walk upto the main hall, and turn RIGHT, there is small ticket office where you can pay to see the temple gardens and the wood carving gallery. You MUST take your shoes off to view,
The gardens are just beautiful, and have plenty of seating in the wooden walkways to sit and appreciate the views. The wood carving gallery is so special - they are some of the finest carvings I have ever seen - and to this date I have no idea how they can carve such depth and details into those panels. You will NOT be disappointed!
Written 24 May 2023
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont7,489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The beautifully carved wooden gate to the temple complex is just a hint of what you will see within. The temple buildings all have beautiful carvings, but it is not until you get to the panels in the inner sanctuary that the exquisite nature of the work is fully revealed.

Before going to see the panel carvings however, spend some time wandering the outer temple grounds. An amazingly huge ancient pine tree with one bough sprawling across the front of the main building supposedly looks like a dragon. You need a bit of imagination to see this, I think.

The spectacular carvings of “The Lotus Sutra” and local scenes are well worth the ¥400 fee which covers entrance to the inner sanctuary and the temple garden. The carvings are finely detailed and worthy of much time. The wood is not painted as it is in carvings of a similar period most notably at Nikko. Occasional tour groups may come while you are there, but you can wait them out and have the carvings to yourself in peace and quiet. Be sure to visit the lower level for more interesting carvings on a different scale.

The carvings are said to be dusted only once a year to preserved the art work. The carvings are preserved behind glass to protect them so photography is a bit difficult. In addition to shooting panels that we both found especially interesting, I took a video of each side to attempt to preserve the whole experience. But, of course, really the only way to appreciate this incredible place is to go to Shibamata.
Written 22 October 2020
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan14,141 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Thanks to the movie series “Futen no Tora-san” , made by Yamada Yoji, this temple is very famous. But it was much smaller than I had expected. Anyway its Sando, the gateway, is tasteful. The wooden main gate is imposing and worth taking a look.
Written 18 January 2020
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mabinho
Seville, Spain1,535 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you arrive in historical Shibamata by train, this 17th century temple is at the far end of the main tourist street and is well worth visiting. I also noted several small statues of white snakes placed near the holy water spring. I later discovered that these are offerings to the Goddess of the White Snake to protect wealth. Lucky gamblers evidently place them to ensure continued good fortune.
Written 17 January 2020
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HotEarth
Melbourne, Australia692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
This temple surprised me in every way with it's beautiful and intricate wood carvings and an extraordinarily beautiful Japanese garden. Having come here for the first time, despite my numerous visit to Tokyo and her well published attractions, I was really taken aback by the beauty and serenity of this little known place. I'll rank it my top place to visit in Tokyo.

Getting here is quite easy as it can be accessed via a short walk through Shibamata Old Town (which is quite interesting too) from Shibamata Station.
Written 4 September 2019
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WintersummerJ
San Jose Metro, Costa Rica73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
The temple itself is free to enter, but the entrance fee to see the inner part of the wood carvings was 400 yen, and well worth the price, as they were very beatiful and detailed, the entrance fee also covers a garden on the temple grounds which was beatiful aswell.
Written 21 June 2019
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SVK
Singapore, Singapore102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
For tourists who want to venture further than the usual attractions, Shibamata is a great area to explore. The crowds here are generally smallish, allowing for a nice break from jostling with huge crowds. The shrine itself is beautiful, with shops within the ground itself. There are also a few resident felines that make an appearance every now and then. It’s a 5-10mins walk from Shibamata Station on the Keisei-Kanamachi line.
Written 3 June 2018
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nekonounchi
Katsushika, Japan27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
After getting off the train, you see a narrow path that is lined with local souvenir stores and restaurants which leads to Shibamata Taishakuten. I spent a long time seeing those souvenirs because it was no so crowded like Asakusa. After paying 400 yen, you can see many beautiful wooden works and a beautiful garden inside Shibamata Taishakuten. You can admire those works quietly because there were not so many people. You can enjoy English explanation. They sold all kinds of lucky charms. There is a famous pizza restaurant near this place. It’s called Pizzeria Luna a dolce. Local people love to go there.
Written 24 May 2018
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900nippon
Tokyo, Japan521 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
もっと大きいものかと思っておりましたが、小さいものでした。境内には桜、梅等の賑やかさもなく、シンプルでした。

The temple is smaller than I thought. 10minutes was enough to look around the temple area.
Written 1 April 2018
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Manelgcan
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
This is an amazing and incredible quiet place in Tokyo that you shouldn’t skip if you want to know the real city. The entrance fee is only 400¥.
Written 5 December 2017
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