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Choei mountain Ikegami Honmonji Temple
The Head Temple of the Nichiren Sect of Buddhism, Popular for its Splendid Scenery of Sakura and its Five-Storied Pagoda!
With more than 700 years passed since the passing of Nichiren Shōnin, the founder of Nichiren Buddhism, Ikegami Honmonji Temple has been preserving and passing down his teachings. As you climb up the 96-step stone slope named " Shikyo-Nanjizaka," you will encounter the magnificent "Niōmon Gate" and several other important cultural properties and structures within the temple grounds.
Located inside the temple grounds is a five-storied pagoda built in 1608, which is now a national treasure.
There is a rare variety of cherry tree here, called Sasabe-Sakura. In spring, visitors can enjoy the splendid scenery of these cherry blossoms with the pagoda in the background.
To commemorate the life of Nichiren Shonin, a festival called "Oeshiki" is held every October, from the 11th to the 13th. Especially on the evening of the 12th, the area of this temple is filled with lively crowds.
It is the grand head temple of the Nichiren Sect, which continues to protect and disseminate the teachings of Nichiren Shōnin.
The contrast of the five-story pagoda and cherry blossoms provides an excellent photo shooting spot.
Every year in October, a memorial service called "Oeshiki" is held to commemorate the anniversary of Nichiren Shōnin's death.
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Do you have pamphlets in other languages? (If so, please also inform us of the supported languages)
English pamphlets available.
Do you have temple’s red ink stamps?
Is parking available?
Yes, there is a free parking lot available from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
- Name in Japanese
- 長栄山 池上本門寺
- Postal Code
- 1-1-1 Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo
- No holidays
- Open all day
(1) About 10 minutes on foot from Ikegami Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line
(2) About 12 minutes on foot from the South Exit of Nishi-Magome Station on the Toei Asakusa Line
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)