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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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  • Old temple area, a short hop from Shinjuku (Keio train to Tsutsujigaoka, then 10 minute bus ride). It's a world away from the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle. Jindaiji is an old temple in one of...  more »
  • This area is noted for making soba and most of the old preserved building were soba shops but now more souvenier and other confections along with their soba products. Jindaiji temple is more than 1200...  more »
  • We were lucky to visit Jindai-Ji temple in mid November, on a Sunday. Would have been great for kids. Highlights: 1. The temple had a fabulous ninja show running different kid focused performances thr...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Jindai-ji is a quiet and beautiful temple with a relaxing atmosphere. In addition to visiting the temple, which can be accessed via a short bus ride from the JR Kichijoji station, you will enjoy exploring the charming Edo (old Tokyo) style local shops and cafes nearby. This area is also famous for soba: the quality of the natural well water and the tradition of water-powered grinding mills have made it the coveted soba capital in the Tokyo region.
  • Many people come to Jindaiji for New Year's visit. In the wide ground of Jindaiji, there are botanital garden, shops and Japanese noodle restaurants. It's 10 to 15 minutes walk from parking space to temple.
  • 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!
  • Wonderful temple. The area around is actually much nicer and you should really go and visit it. You won't regret the detour.

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