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Shofukuji temple's Jizo-do Hall (地蔵堂) is one of only two buildings in Tokyo designated as a National Treasure. Built in 1407, the Jizo-do Hall is a rare and excellent example of Kamakura-Period architecture. The Zen temple belongs to the Rinzai
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Shofukuji is a Zen temple belonging to the Rinzai Sect. About a 15-min. walk from Higashi-Murayama Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line. It's in a residential area.
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Shofukuji temple's Sanmon Gate. 山門
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Shofukuji temple's Sanmon Gate. 山門
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Beyond the Sanmon Gate is the Jizo-do Hall.
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Approaching the Jizo-do Hall, a National Treasure.
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The Jizo-do Hall has numerous ("One-thousand") Jizo statues.
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Shofukuji temple's Jizo-do Hall (地蔵堂) is one of only two buildings in Tokyo designated as a National Treasure. The sharp roof corners rise up sharply.
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Shofukuji temple's Jizo-do Hall (地蔵堂) is one of only two buildings in Tokyo designated as a National Treasure. Near Higashi-Murayama Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.
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Beautiful building. Pity that it's so obscure in an obscure city. Only the local people know about it.
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Jizo-do is said to have been built in the 15th century during the Kamakura Period, thus it is a fine example of Kamakura-Period architecture.
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It resembles Engakuji temple's Shariden Hall (also a National Treasure) in Kamakura. Tokyo's other National Treasure building is the Meiji-Period Geihinkan State Guesthouse at Akasaka Palace. Rear of Jizo-do Hall.
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Elegant roof corner of Shofukuji temple's Jizo-do Hall (地蔵堂).
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Shake (shingle) roof of Jizo-do Hall. 杮葺
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Badly faded marker indicating that Shofukuji temple's Jizo-do Hall (地蔵堂) is a National Treasure.
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About Jizo-do Hall's "One-thousand" Jizo statues.
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The Jizo-do Hall is not normally open to the public.
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Air vents near the ceiling.
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About the Thousand-Arm Jizo statue.
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From the Jizo-do to the main Hondo Hall is this path lined with 13 Kannon/Buddha statues.
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Donors for the 13 Kannon/Buddha statues.
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Kannon/Buddha statues.
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Fudo Myoo and all the other major Buddhist and Kannon figures are represented.
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Shofukuji temple's Hondo Hall. 本堂
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Shofukuji temple's Hondo Hall. 本堂
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Hondo Hall worships a Thousand-Arm Kannon statue.
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Hondo Hall.
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View from Hondo Hall.
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Bell
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Jizo-do roof.
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Temple cemetery.
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Small Jizo statues.
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Jowa Stone Tablet
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Jowa Stone Tablet, Tokyo's largest stone tablet. 貞和の板碑
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About the Jowa Stone Tablet
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Inari Shrine next to Shofukuji temple.
 
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