The Top-10

Top 8 Important Religious Institutions in Tokyo - 2023

Updated Sep 2023
  • No.1


    4,062 Reviews
    5.6km from downtown
    "Asakusa Temple (Japanese: Sens ji), officially known as Sens ji, is located in Asakusa Erchome, Taitung District, Tokyo, Japan. It is the oldest temple in Tokyo. The mountain number is Jinlong Mountain. The worship of the god is the holy Guanyin. Originally a Tiantai Zong, it became the main mountain of the holy Guanyin Zong after the Second World War. The Guanyin Bodhisattva is commonly known as the Asakusa Guanyin. According to the Tokyo Tourism Consortium, the number of tourists is also included, and there are 3000-4000 10,000 people a year. According to the number of visits and sightseeing in temples and shrines, this is the first in Japan. The upstream of the main ginseng road has been endless, and the number of visitors on New Year's Day has reached more than one million. On the 18th of each month, the day of the auspicious day or the "tea soup moon lectern", the prayers were heard in the hall. The sun went out of the trestle bridge for about 40 minutes by water bus. There were buses to and from Ueno Guanglan Road to Leimen. Underground rail - Ginza line, Asakusa station. Underground - Toei Asakusa Line, get off at Asakusa Station."
    Highlights: One of Tokyo’s oldest and most significant Buddhist temples, Senso-ji is located in the city’s Asakusa District. Dedicated to the Bodhisattva of compassion, the first temple was founded as far back as 645 CE. Destroyed during World War II, Senso-ji was eventually rebuilt and stands now as a symbol of rebirth and peace. Many small shops line the main street approaching the temple. It is a popular area for tourists and among the more well-known parts of Tokyo. Each spring a grand festival is held in and around Senso-ji. Over the course of a few days upwards of 2 million people visit the temple complex.
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  • No.2

    Meiji Jingu

    760 Reviews
    6km from downtown
    "My visit to Meiji Jingu in Tokyo, near its closing time at around 5 pm, was a memorable experience. I was accompanied by a friend, and we were relieved that we arrived in time to explore this remarkable place. The walk leading up to the shrine was enchanting, with lush green fields and an abundance of trees, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of a jungle. The natural beauty surrounding us was truly breathtaking, and it felt like a serene escape from the bustling city.Upon reaching the shrine, I was immediately struck by its magnificence. The wooden buildings exuded a sense of rich history and culture, transporting me to a different time. Even though our visit was short-lived due to the closing time at 5:20 pm, I cherished every moment spent there.In those brief moments, I truly appreciated the beauty and serenity of Meiji Jingu, and it left a lasting impression on me. I would recommend this cultural gem to anyone visiting Tokyo, even if you have limited time to explore it fully."
    Highlights: Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. It is located in Tokyo’s Shibuya ward. The shrine is surrounded by a forest park consisting of over 120,000 trees donated by people from all parts of Japan. Together with the adjacent Yoyogi Park, Meiji Jingu is part of a large greenspace in central Tokyo. Enormous torii, or gates, mark the entrance to the shrine complex. Because of its size and the relative seclusion it offers, Meiji Jingu is an extremely popular location. Many people come to spend time on the laws or to admire the wildflowers. It really is a beautiful place.
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  • No.3

    Gotokuji Temple

    66 Reviews
    10.9km from downtown
    Pabitra Lenka
    "Gotokuji temple is a serene and culturally rich destination in Tokyo, Japan. Known as the birthplace of the Maneki-neko, or the "beckoning cat," this temple holds significant historical and religious importance. The temple's peaceful ambiance creates a perfect setting for contemplation and relaxation. Whether you're interested in Japanese history, spirituality, or simply seeking a tranquil escape from the bustling city, Gotokuji temple is a must-visit gem that offers a glimpse into Japan's fascinating heritage. The cute Maneki-neko here is one of the most Instagrammed spots in Japan. One can get some cute cat souvenirs back home for good fortune."
    Highlights: Gotoku-ji Temple, located in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, is a temple and the birthplace of the famous "lucky cat". Hao De Temple was built in 1480 and belonged to the Rinzai Sect earlier, and in 1584 it was changed to the Caodong Sect. The temple is very large in scale and the environment is very quiet. Every spring, cherry blossoms are in full bloom near the temple. The Setagaya Castle Ruins are nearby.
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  • No.4

    Zojo-ji Temple

    221 Reviews
    2.2km from downtown
    "Japan has lost this temple, it seems very clean, because its geographical location is relatively special, this temple when I went there were a lot of monks here to read scriptures, cultivate their body, such a scene looks so quiet, so peaceful"
    Highlights: Zojo-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Tokyo’s Minato ward. Zojo-ji is notable for its relationship with the Tokugawa clan, the rulers of Japan during the Edo period. Six of the Tokugawa shoguns are buried in the Taitoku-in Mausoleum on the temple grounds. Zojo-ji’s main gate is the oldest wooden building in Tokyo, dating from 1622. Today, the cathedral and other structures have been rebuilt, and Zojo-ji Temple continues to serve as the main temple of the Pure Land Sect Buddhism and a central seminary for priests and novices. Set near Tokyo Tower, the temple complex is a great place for a stroll and for taking some great pictures.
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  • No.5

    Ueno Toshogu Shrine

    123 Reviews
    4.9km from downtown
    "Ueno Dongzhao Palace, built in 1627 and built in 1651, is a designated important cultural treasure by the Japanese state (may be equivalent to China's key cultural relics protection units)."
    Highlights: Ueno Tosho-gu is a prominent Shinto shrine located in Tokyo’s Taito ward. First established in 1627 and later renovated in 1651, the shrine has remained mostly intact since, making it a great example of Shinto architecture in the Edo period. The shrine utilizes ornate gold and decorative wood carving characterizing of traditional Japanese design. The major gates, pillars, and halls are all quite eye-catching and provide excellent backdrops for photographs. As the shrine complex is located within Ueno Park, it is great to combine with visits to nearby Akihabara or Asakusa.
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  • No.6

    Tsukiji Hongwan-ji

    109 Reviews
    840m from downtown
    "Check in the Tokyo Tsukiji Benyuan Temple, the original Tsukiji Benyuan Temple was built in 1617, with a long history and a strong incense. It is the other courtyard of Kyoto Benyuan Temple. Unfortunately, it was destroyed later. The rebuilt temple was based on the Tianyu Jialan style and built a distinctive monastery with masonry and unique design. Not only is it special in appearance, but its layout and decoration actually blend the characteristics of each religion. There are seats on the main hall for good faith and silent casting, and there is also a standard organ for the church. Tsukiji Benwan Temple is one of the most representative monasteries in Tokyo, and there are many people here to pray for blessings."
    Highlights: Tsukiji Honganji is a Honganji temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect located in Tokyo, adjacent to Tokyo Train Station and Ginza Temple. The original Tsukiji Honganji Temple, built in 1617, has a long history and prosperous incense. It is an annex of Kyoto Honganji Temple. It is a pity that it was destroyed later. The rebuilt temple was based on the style of Tianzhu Jialan, and a unique temple was built with bricks and stones with a unique design. Not only is it special in appearance, its layout and decoration actually incorporate the characteristics of various religions. There are seats in the main hall for good believers to pray silently, and there is also a standard church-pipe organ. Tsukiji Honganji is one of the most representative temples in Tokyo, and many people come here to pray.
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  • No.7

    Nezu Shrine

    69 Reviews
    5.5km from downtown
    สายเที่ยว สายมู สายบุญ
    "Big shrine in the heart of the capital, good atmosphere, shady, beautiful, many photo angles Easy to travel 🚃📸"
    Highlights: Nezu Shrine has a history of about 1900 years. The red gate and main hall are full of traces of history, and the tranquil atmosphere is solemn and sacred. Azaleas of different colors are planted inside and outside the shrine. Every May, the azaleas bloom in red and pink, adding vitality to the sacred place.
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  • No.8


    13 Reviews
    4.5km from downtown
    "Put down the busy days, it's good to go shopping here. I would like to mention that there is no temple girl in Quanyue Temple without a lottery. Looking at the entrance of the cemetery, it is an old man. You must go on the day of good weather. It is worth staying and watching."
    Highlights: Sengakuji Temple is located in Takanawa 2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo. It was founded in the 17th year of Qingchang (1612) by Tokugawa Ieyasu Mingmen Anzongguan in the outer Sakurada. It is one of the three temples in Edo. Passing through the central gate and passing through a shop selling souvenirs of "Tadashinzo", you will see the solemn gate on the front and the bronze statue of Yoshio Suke in the right side of the large stone. Entering the courtyard, the front courtyard is the main hall, and the clock tower hall stands on the left.
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