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Jindai-ji Temple, Chofu

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Explore the leafy and peaceful grounds of Jindai-ji Temple, replete with babbling streams and ponds habited by koi carp and turtles. This being Tokyo's second oldest temple, established in 733 CE in the Edo-period center for silkworm production, the area retains its old-time atmosphere, with shops in wooden buildings, and even a windmill nearby. Though most of the structures in the temple were rebuilt during the 20th century, you can still view the oldest part of the temple, its gate, built in 1695. Consider stopping by one of the soba restaurants outside to enjoy the delicious local delicacy. Add Jindai-ji Temple and other attractions to your Chofu trip itinerary using our Chofu family vacation planner.
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  • I went to the shrine. Go by bus from Kichijoji Station. Jindaiji temple shrine is famous Soba is served beside as well as selling, such as bun, at.
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  • Surrounded by trees, shared between sacred and common parts. Strolling while eating noodles, dumplings, buns, sweet, ice cream, etc. Kids was great fun with leaves and acorns are looking for.
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  • Each year a new lasting. Plant Park temporary parking lot using 500 yen per gods at the new year. 2 pm to visit this year, but now worship in the column for about 10 minutes. Sweet approach, we taste each year.
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  • Jindaiji is said to have been named for Jinja Daio, the Buddhist guardian god of water. The legend says that the daughter of a local landowner fell in love with a traveler named Fukuman. The disapproving father banished his daughter to an island to keep the lovers apart. Desperate to be reunited with his lover, he prayed to Jinja Daio, who sent a giant turtle to ferry Fukuman to the island. The miracle moved the father to approve the union and the child born of it grew up to found Jindaiji temple, which remains associated with romance even today!
  • If you want to glimpse another side of Tokyo, a visit here is highly recommended. It is the second-oldest temple in Tokyo (733!), and the center of a complex of religious sites around springs that emerge from the topography of the area. The streets leading up to the temple area are lively with restaurants and sweets and souvenir shops. Soba noodles are the area specialty. There are also two botanical gardens, a hot spring, and a castle mound in the immediate surroundings. Different seasons bring different events and natural beauty, but the rainy season of June/July and the autumn leaves in November/December are particularly atmospheric times to visit.
  • Wonderful temple. The area around is actually much nicer and you should really go and visit it. You won't regret the detour.
  • Small temple in Chofu. A little off the beaten path but has some neat little shops and a nice green walking path. Worth a trip out if you have the time.
  • Great atmosphere, surrounded by threes.