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Sengaku-ji, Minato

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Admire the stories to be heard at Sengaku-ji, a famous Soto Zen Buddhist temple. Best known as the final resting place of the 47 Ronin, the temple's graveyard has a particularly powerful atmosphere and attracts pilgrims from across the country and farther afield. The true story of the 47 Ronin has become one of the most regularly told tales of the samurai code. In 1702, after avenging their unjustly punished master, the 47 Ronin committed ritual suicide, and their actions have been heralded throughout the ages as testament to the resilience, loyalty, and honor that lies at the heart of the samurai code. Plan to visit Sengaku-ji and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tokyo attractions using our Tokyo family vacation planner.
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  • I cannot get enough of the shrines and temples of Japan. They feel so incredibly serene and holy regardless of the religious inclination of the visitor. Take time to be, to reflect, and to make wishes...  more »
  • This is a small and relatively unremarkable temple. However, we visited this temple, not for the temple itself, but to pay homage to the famous 47 Ronin, great cultural heroes who are buried in the ad...  more »
  • A bright red temple with some steps required to enter and a huge outdoor stall area along the way. Of course lots of burning incense!  more »
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  • The place is very peaceful when i when to this temple. Its one of the beautiful shrine i went to
  • Visited Sengakuji Temple aka Spring Hill, to see burial site  of the 47 Ronin ( Samurai without a leader ). The story began when Oishi Kuranosuke, the leader of the 47 ronin on Tue 30 Jan 1703 and Lord Asano Takuminokami of Ako (today's Hyogo Prefecture) attacked Lord Kira Hozukenosuke at Edo castle. Asano lost patience after repeatedly being provoked and treated arrogantly by Kira, but failed to kill him in the attack. On the same day, Asano was sentenced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide - hara kiri ) , while Kira was not punished at all, despite the contemporary custom of punishing both parties in similar incidents. In addition, the whole Asano family was removed from power, leaving Asano's samurai without a job and a strong will to avenge their unfairly punished master. For over one and a half years, the samurai prepared to  avenge under difficult circumstances. On Tue 20 Mar  1703, the remaining group of 47 ronin under their leader Oishi Kuranosuke finally succeeded to avenge their master by killing L ord Kita in his mansion. Afterwards, they carried Kira's head to Sengakuji Temple and were later sentenced to be beheaded. The 47 Ronin chose to  commit seppuku ( hara kiri ), including Oishi`s 16 year old son, Chikara, who was to be spared due to his age, but chose to die with his father. It was very poignant to see rows of the 47 grave sites with the statutes of  Lord Asano and his wife at the entrance to the grave sites. It was an eerie feeling.
  • Classic Japanese Soto-Zen Buddhist temple that was rebuilt soon after its destruction in WWII. Unlike many of such temples, there is a large opening and space in front of the temple that allows for a good view of the architecture with the mid-town cityscape in the background. Also the final resting place of the legendary 47 Ronin and their avenged master. Very special spot, just pretend you don't see the tacky souvenir shops at the entrance to the grounds.
  • Quiet temple. Don't forget to go behind to see the 47-ronin graveyard.
  • Very peaceful place, we were lucky that the cherry blossoms are in full bloom