• Tennoji




Situated in a corner of the vast Yanaka cemetery surrounded by nature, this is one of the best-known old temples in Tokyo. It is believed that the temple was established in the Kamakura period and is known for its style that is a combination of traditional temple architecture and modern architecture. A god of wealth and bravery is enshrined there. The temple was originally a Nichiren-shu Buddhist temple, and its official name is Gokoku-zan Sonju-in Tennoji. It is said that the temple was established in the late Kamakura era, and the local lord, Nagateru Seki, created a small house in devotion for Buddhist monk Nichiren, who visited him. Nichiren's student, Nichigen, later enshrined a sculpture of Nichiren that was carved by Nichiren himself, and the house was then named Choyo-zan Kan'noji. Tomi-kuji lotteries were widely played during the Edo period, and the Ten'noji Temple along with the Ryusenji Temple in Meguro and the Yushima Tenjin were popular as the Edo's three temples that issued lotteries. The five-storied pagoda at the Ten'noji Temple became a model of a novel ”Goju-no-To,” or ”The Five-Storied Pagoda,” by a great author, Rohan Koda. This pagoda was built in 1644 but burnt down in 1771. Its remains are left at Yanaka Cemetery. It is a 2-minute walk from the South Exit of the Nippori Station on the JR Line.

Location Information

  • Address

    7-14-8, Yanaka, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0001

  • Nearest Station
    Nippori Station
    ・ JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
    ・ JR Yamanote Line
    ・ JR Joban Line
    ・ JR Ueno Tokyo Line
    ・ Nippori-Toneri Liner
    ・ Keisei Main Line
    ・ Narita SKY ACCESS Line
    2 minutes on foot
  • Phone Number
    Available languages
    only in Japanese
  • Hours
    Every day 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Closed

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