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Koganji Temple

A Temple Also Known as “Togenuki Jizou” Located in a Shopping District.

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Koganji Temple is also known as “Togenuki Jizou.” There exists an old legend that someone who swallowed a needle ate a piece of paper from Koganji Temple, and when the needle pierced the paper they were able to safely vomit it out. This legend has led to people sticking small paper amulets with an image of Kshitigarbha on it onto wounds, and even stories of people eating the paper when they have a bone stuck in their throat and being cured. Furthermore, many people visit the temple for its “Arai Kannon,” a statue of Kannon that’s said to wash away ailments if you pour water on, and then polish with a cloth, the same part of the statue as the afflicted area.
In front of the temple is “Sugamo Jizodori Shopping Street,” also known as the “Harajuku for old ladies,” where you can pick up items like Japanese sweets and retro Japanese products.


  • Charms from Togenuki Jizou are said to be good for your health.
  • ”Arai Kannon” is said to wash away ailments.
  • ”Sugamo Jizodori Shopping Street” has around 200 shops with retro Japanese products.


  • Entrance to Koganji Temple (Togenuki Jizou)

    Entrance to Koganji Temple (Togenuki Jizou)

  • Arai Kannon

    Arai Kannon

  • Sugamo Jizodori Shopping Street

    Sugamo Jizodori Shopping Street


  • 李義沛

    我去高岩寺當天 ,有很多人。 我主要是去祈求身體健康, 在寺廟附近可以買到替觀音抹身的毛巾。據說用那一條毛巾幫觀音像抹身,回家再用那一條毛巾 抹相同的地方!


Name in Japanese
曹洞宗 萬頂山 高岩寺
Postal Code
3-35-2 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
No holidays
Open all day
About a 5-minute walk from the JR Yamanote Line and Toei Mita Line’s Sugamo Station