Shibamata Taishakuten Daikyo-ji Temple
A Temple Famous as the Setting of Popular Japanese Movie “The Otoko wa tsurai yo (It’s Tough Being a Man),” with Various Sights to See, Including Beautiful Sculptures and Gardens
The official name of Shibamata Taishakuten is “Kyoeizan Daikyo-ji.” It is a temple of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism, and as it was built in 1629 it has quite the long history. The temple features ita-honzon carvings of Taishakuten, said to have been carved by a high priest of the Nichiren sect. Taishakuten is one of the guardian deities of Buddhism.
Within the temple grounds are a “Carvings Gallery,” which features carvings related to the teachings of the Lotus Sutra, as well as “Suikei-en Garden,” a stunning Japanese garden. The area was used as the setting for the film “The Otoko wa tsurai yo (It’s Tough Being a Man),” and it also made appearances in the manga series “Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen-mae Hashutsujo.”
The road approaching the temple from Shibamata Station is an old-timey shopping street, and it’s packed with shoppers every day.
The “Carvings Gallery” is a must-see, with its elaborate carvings depicting the life and sutras of Buddha.
Enjoy the four seasons in the Japanese garden “Suikei-en Garden”.
There is a temple festival held once every 60 days, during which visitors can enter Taishaku-do and pray in front of the temple’s principal item of worship.
The shopping street along the path leading to the temple is lively and packed with shops selling things like dango and rice crackers.
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- Name in Japanese
- Official Name
- Kyoeizan Daikyoji (経栄山 題経寺)
- Postal Code
- 7-10-3 Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
(Suikei-en Garden and the carvings gallery admission ticket is 400 yen for adults)
※Suikei-en Garden is closed over New Year’s holiday
※In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the temple is currently open until 4:00pm.
※Suikei-en Garden and carvings gallery are open until 4:00pm
- About a 5-minute walk from the Keisei Electric Railway’s Shibamata Station
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)