Jorenji Temple (Tokyo Daibutsu) – Tokyo | Travel Information

Jorenji Temple

Jorenji Temple, located in Itabashi City in Tokyo, is home to Tokyo’s Daibutsu – otherwise known as the Tokyo Giant Buddha Statue is currently, the statue the 3rd largest bronze buddha statue in Japan, following behind the Daibutsu in Nara at Todai-ji temple, and the Kanagawa Daibutsu at the Kotoku-in Temple. The Tokyo Daibutsu stands at 13m tall, and weighs approximately 32 tons. 

The Buddha was enshrined here at Jorenji temple in 1977 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the World War II, and also the Great Kanto Earthquake. The grounds of the temple offer a tranquil place for relaxation amidst the concrete jungle that is Tokyo. 

While the Buddha statue is relatively new, the temple does date back around 500 years. When you arrive at the temple, you are greeted by a large gate a top a short, yet steep, staircase. Inside the gate, you can see four statues that are said to be the guardians of the temple, and the nearby Akatsuka castle – which unfortunately does not exist anymore

In the neighborhood, you also have the ruins of Akatsuka Castle, the Itabashi Art Museum, and Akatsuka Park, but aside from that, there really is not a whole lot to do in the area, but it is a little hidden gem that very few people know about.

Hours and Admission

  • Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Free
  • Average Time Spent: 15-30 Minutes

Accessing Jorenji Temple

The Jorenji Temple Daibutsu is a little out of the way, with it taking about 50 minutes total from Shinjuku Station, 30 minutes via the train, and 20 minutes by walking from Shimoakatsuka Station.

You can get to the temple from Shinjuku from as low as 240JPY by taking getting on the train from Shinjuku-sanchōme Station (subway station just outside Shinjuku Station), to Shimoakatsuka Station along the Fukutoshin Line, on the local Wakoshi train. 

Where To Stay near Jorenji Temple

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Nearby Attractions

Akihabara

Akihabara is a popular region of Tokyo, most well-known as being the electronic good central of Japan, and in the last couple decades, has evolved into an a kind of ‘anime heaven’, where countless Otaku’s (Hardcore anime, gaming, or alike fans) can get any of their anime or multimedia goods, from video games, to cosplay and everything in between.  

Meiji shrine

Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is one of Japan’s most famous shrines, certainly the most famous shrine in Tokyo. It sprawls over an enormous, forested park in the middle of the city full of towering trees that gives one the impression they are in fact standing in a forest somewhere out in the mountains rather than in the middle of the world’s largest city.

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