Most viewed - Zojoji Temple, Tokugawa Shogun Graves, Shiba Park 増上寺・徳川将軍家墓所・節分・芝公園
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Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns 徳川将軍家墓所815 viewsAfter Tokugawa Ieyasu started to rule the Kanto region, he designated Zojoji as the family temple of the Tokugawa clan. The Mausoleum has the tombs of six Tokugawa Shoguns (the 2nd shogun Hidetada, 6th shogun Ienobu, 7th shogun Ietsugu, 9th shogun Ieshige, 12th shogun Ieyoshi, and 14th shogun Iemochi), Imperial Princess Kazunomiya (wife of Shogun Iemochi), and wives and children of shoguns. A total of 38 people are buried here.
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Setsubun bean throwing at Zojoji Temple in Tokyo with Tamao-chan, Ai-chan, and Tochiazuma386 viewsAi-chan was really cute and seemed to be having a great time throwing the beans. Nakamura Tamao (actress), Fukuhara Ai (table tennis player) and Ozeki Tochiazuma (sumo wrestler)
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Zojoji Temple is the head temple of the Jodo-shu Buddhist sect and best known as the temple of the Tokugawa shoguns. 大門337 viewsAfter Tokugawa Ieyasu started to rule the Kanto region, he designated Zojoji as the family temple of the Tokugawa clan. The temple was expanded during the same time Edo Castle was being built.

Zojoji then came to be known as one of Japan's principal Buddhist temples. The temple grounds have many buildings, monuments, and the tombs of six Tokugawa Shoguns, Imperial Princess Kazunomiya (wife of Shogun Iemochi), and wives and children of shoguns.

Zojoji Temple is a short walk from Onarimon Station on the Mita subway line, Daimon Station on the Toei Oedo and Asakusa subway lines, and JR Hamamatsu-cho Station. This photo shows Daimon Gate on the road to the temple.
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Actress Nakamura Tamao ("Tamao-chan") and TV personality Françoise Moréchand.247 viewsHere's a Japanese list of the celebrities who threw beans this day:

フランソワ・モレシャン(タレント)、中島 ゆたか(タレント)、川原 多美子(モデル)、秋本 裕希(モデル)、山内 麻美(モデル)、玉川 スミ(落語家)、池田 綾子(歌手)、三笑亭 可楽(落語家)、春風亭 小柳枝(落語家)、三笑亭 夢太朗(落語家)、桂 米助(落語家)、柳亭 楽輔(落語家)、春風亭 鯉昇(落語家)、翁屋 喜楽(落語家)、鏡味 健二郎(太神楽)、神田 ひまわり(講談)、金原亭 伯楽(落語家)、吉原 朝馬(落語家)、金原亭 馬生(落語家)、金原亭 世之介(落語家)、初音家 左橋(落語家)、金原亭 小駒(落語家)、市山 松扇(歌舞伎舞踊)、市山 松翁(歌舞伎舞踊)、市山 松之助(歌舞伎舞踊)、市山 扇之助(歌舞伎舞踊)、市山 竹紫郎(歌舞伎舞踊)、市山 竹松(歌舞伎舞踊)、市山 翔(歌舞伎舞踊)
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Sangedatsu-mon Gate (Sanmon) which is the temple's front gate. 三解脱門(三門)224 viewsThe main gate to enter the temple fronts a busy road. Important Cultural Property. "Sangedatsu" means to be released from the three earthly states of mind: greed, anger and stupidity. Walk through this gate and maybe this might happen to you.
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Koshoden 光摂殿209 viewsKoshoden is a lecture hall and seminary for “cleansing soul and fostering the vigor to live” as we face the 21st century. The coffered ceiling of the large hall has beautiful paintings of flowering plants, donated by 120 pious Japanese artists.
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Tamao-chan, Ai-chan, and Tochiazuma202 viewsNakamura Tamao (actress), Fukuhara Ai (table tennis player) and Ozeki Tochiazuma (sumo wrestler)
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People pushing and shoving. Pretty dangerous...182 views
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Zojoji, Daiden (Hondo) main hall with bean-throwing stage for Setsubun on Feb. 3. 大殿178 viewsDaiden (Hondo) is the temple's main worship hall. It was rebuilt in 1974. Enshrined inside is a large main image (honzon) of Amida Buddha (made during the Muromachi Period), with an image of Great Teacher Shan-tao (who perfected China's Jodo (Pure Land) Buddhism) on the right and an image of Honen Shonin (founder of Jodo-shu sect in Japan) on the left. On Feb. 3, the bean-throwing stage was set up in front.
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Priest and Fukuhara Ai (table tennis player)177 views
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Somon Gate 惣門173 views
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Somon Gate 惣門168 views
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All hands161 views
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Zojoji Head priest138 views
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Two men playing a gagaku instrument called "sho." 笙117 viewsGagaku music is commonly associated with the Shinto religion. However, this Buddhist temple has been playing gagaku since long ago.
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12:30 pm: Celebrity bean throwers 豆まき117 viewsHeaded by Nakamura Tamao (actress), Fukuhara Ai (table tennis player) and Ozeki Tochiazuma (sumo wrestler), a large number of famous people did the honors.

Here's a Japanese list of the celebrities who threw beans this day:

栃東 関(角界)、福原 愛(女子卓球)、渡部 絵美(元フィギュアスケート選手)、大塚 文雄(民謡歌手)、川野 太郎(俳優)、大谷 晋二郎(プロレスラー)、佐藤 耕平(プロレスラー)、日高 郁人(プロレスラー)、藤田 ミノル(プロレスラー)、大至 伸行(歌手)、水谷 八重子(女優)、川田 公子(みやらび太鼓)、すずき 円香(歌手)、桂 小金治(落語家)、パンツェッタ・ジローラモ(タレント)、武田 幸三(キックボクサー)、わたせ せいぞう(漫画家)、山野愛子ジェーン(山野学苑校長)、中村 玉緒(女優)、岡田 茉莉子(女優)、松旭斉 八重子(マジシャン)、中野 俊彦(松旭斉さん共演)、
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Main hall in the distance with Tokyo Tower in the background. If you visit Zojoji, you might as well visit Tokyo Tower as well. Just a short walk from the temple.113 views
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Somon Gate 惣門100 views
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Tomb in the Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns before it was open for public viewing.98 views
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Daibonsho temple gong 鐘楼堂95 viewsGiant bell with a diameter of 1.76 meters, height of 3.33 meters and a weight of 15 tons. Known as one of the Big Three Bells of the Edo Period. The bell is rung twice a day, in the early morning and in the evening. 鐘楼堂
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11:45 am: Procession お練り95 viewsA long procession of priests, children, and people born in the year of the dog (2006 was the year of the dog) were in the parade.

お練り  午前11時45分〜  開山堂〜三門〜安国殿
餅つき  午後11時55分〜  於:特設舞台
祈 願  午後12時05分〜  於:安国殿
鬼問答  午後12時15分〜  於:特設舞台
豆まき  午後12時30分〜  於:特設舞台
大〆め  午後12時50分〜  於:特設舞台
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Kyozo 経蔵95 viewsStorehouse for sutra texts. Originally built in 1613 with the financial aid of Tokugawa Ieyasu and renovated and relocated here in 1800. It has an octagonal-shaped with revolving bookshelves in the center.
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Jiunkaku 慈雲閣94 views
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Daibonsho temple gong93 views
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Inside the old Ankokuden 安国殿91 views
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Sangedatsu-mon Gate with notices saying that table tennis player Fukuhara Ai and Ozeki Tochiazuma will be bean throwers for Setsubun.88 viewsThis is Feb. 3, 2006. 三門
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Tamao-chan, Ai-chan, and Tochiazuma87 views
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Closeup of the gagaku instrument "sho." 笙85 viewsGagaku music is commonly associated with the Shinto religion. However, this Buddhist temple has been playing gagaku since long ago. The sho is a wind instrument making that long, drawling, ghostly haunting sound.
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After passing through Sangedatsu-mon Gate. Various memorials and monuments are all over the temple grounds.84 views
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Inside the old Ankokuden 安国殿84 views
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Jizo statues84 views
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On Feb. 3, 2006, went to see Setsubun bean throwing at Zojoji. Daiden (Hondo) main hall as we wait for the beans83 viewsI was at the front and center. A good place to catch beans, but not very good for picture taking.

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Lastly is the ryuteki flute-like gagaku instrument. It makes a long, whining sound. 龍笛83 views
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Entrance to Jizo statues81 views
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Next is the hichiriki, another gagaku instrument. The hichiriki makes a prolonged duck-call sound. 篳篥77 views
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Inside old Ankokuden 安国殿77 views
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Ever since 1958 when Tokyo Tower was built, you could not photograph Zojoji without the tower.75 views
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The old Ankokuden 安国殿74 views
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Inside old Ankokuden. A picture of Yokozuna Taiho from the 1960s. I wonder why they had it there. 安国殿74 views
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Bean throwing 節分追儺式73 viewsFirst they had people born in the year of the dog throwing small bags of soybeans. They also had one person in a candybox outfit to advertise one of the sponsors who supplied some of the treats they threw to us. Zojoji threw not only beans, but all kinds of little things like tissue paper, towels, toys, potato chips, and candy.
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From April 2015, Zojoji temple started allowing the public to view the Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns.70 views
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Procession of priests.68 views
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Children from the neighboring kindergarten.66 views
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Mochi throwing66 views
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Main hall64 views
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My mochi catch: For good fortune this year.64 views
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People born in the year of the dog.63 views
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Bagged a bag of beans, to ward off bad luck and welcome good luck this year.62 views
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Children from the neighboring kindergarten.60 views
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11:45 am: Mochi pounding 餅つき59 views
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Ooohhh58 views
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For people on the left58 views
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Their year in 2006.56 views
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Missed bean bags on ground56 views
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Hand towel which fell onto my chest while I was not watching.56 views
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Catch of the day...55 views
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People behind wait for the main event...55 views
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People on the right wait for the main event...55 views
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Children from the neighboring kindergarten.54 views
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12:15 am: Devil out! Fortune come in! Kindergarten kids throw beans at an orge to drive out evil and bring in good fortune. 鬼問答54 views
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Security detail. There was a good number of policemen and security people, mainly to discourage pickpockets. 54 views
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People on the left wait for the main event...52 views
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Should I pick it up from the ground?52 views
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Tokyo Tower from Shiba Park.45 views
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Tokyo Tower from Shiba Park.45 views
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Tokyo Tower and weeping cherry blossoms in Shiba Park.43 views
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Tokyo Tower and cherry blossoms in Shiba Park.43 views
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Daibonsho temple bell39 views
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Next to the Daiden is this Ankokuden hall that was rebuilt in 2010. 安国殿38 viewsEnshrined is the Black Image of Amida Buddha, which was worshiped by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. This image is said to have repeatedly saved Ieyasu from dangers and enabled him to win battles. Since the Edo Period, it has been revered as a Buddhist image bringing victory and warding off evil.
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This is the main entrance to the Tokugawa Shogun graves, but it is closed to the public. We entered through a smaller door.37 views
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Here are photos of all the tombs going around the site in a clockwise direction. First is Goshi or a joint tomb. 合祀(ごうし)塔37 viewsEntombed here are the wives and children of Tokugawa shoguns, including: 1. Tokugawa Tsunashige, a son of Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, 2. Keishōin, a concubine of Iemitsu and mother of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, 3. Kodaiin, the wife of Shogun Tokugawa Ienari, 4. Gekkoin, a concubine of Tokugawa Ienobu and mother of Shogun Tokugawa Ietsugu.
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Zojoji temple's Daiden (Hondo) main hall ahead.36 views
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Jizo statues on the way to the Mausoleum of Tokugawa Shoguns.36 views
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About the Sangedatsu-mon Gate.35 views
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Columbarium built in 1933. One of the few structures that was not destroyed during World War II. 大納骨堂(舎利殿)35 views
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Tokugawa family crest on the door.35 views
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This is the public entrance to the Tokugawa Shogun graves at Zojoji temple. Admission is 500 yen.35 views
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Opposite end of the Tokugawa Shogun grave site. They used to have much more elaborate Mausoleum, but it was destroyed in World War II.35 viewsThe Mausoleum has the tombs of 2nd shogun Hidetada, 6th shogun Ienobu, 7th shogun Ietsugu, 9th shogun Ieshige, 12th shogun Ieyoshi, and 14th shogun Iemochi, Imperial Princess Kazunomiya (wife of Shogun Iemochi), and wives and children of shoguns.
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Grave of Imperial Princess Kazunomiya (wife of Shogun Iemochi) who wanted to be next to her husband. 静寛院和宮35 views
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi35 views
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada and wife Go (Ogo). 二代秀忠【台徳院殿(たいとくいんでん)】お江35 views
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Three more Tokugawa tombs.35 views
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Somon Gate, the front gate of the Taitoku-in mausoleum (lost in World War II air raids) for Tokugawa Hidetada. 台徳院霊廟惣門35 views
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About the Daibonsho temple bell34 views
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A few priests walked past.34 views
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About the Daiden (Hondo) main hall 34 views
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Daiden34 views
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Nice cherry blossoms at Zojoji temple with Tokyo Tower in the background.34 views
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The Tokugawa Shogun graves at Zojoji temple is a rectangular site enclosed by a wall and lined with cherry blossoms with Tokyo Tower in the background.34 views
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34 views増上寺は、上野の寛永寺(霊廟非公開)と共に徳川家の菩提寺で、当山に埋葬されているのは、2代秀忠、5代将軍兄弟の綱重、6代家宣、7代家継、9代家重、12代家慶、14代家茂の6人の将軍の他、女性では将軍正室として2代秀忠夫人崇源院、6代家宣夫人天英院、11代家斉夫人広大院、13代家定夫人天親院、14代家茂夫人静寛院の5人、将軍の側室としては3代家光の桂昌院、6代家宣の月光院など5人、その他、将軍の子女を含む計38人であります。
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Tomb of Imperial Princess Kazunomiya34 views
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Grave of Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi 十四代家茂【昭徳院殿(しょうとくいんでん)】34 views
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Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳33 views
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Visited in late March 2015 during cherry blossom season.33 views
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A total of 38 people are buried here. 33 views
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Photos of the old and magnificent Mausoleum, similar to the one in Nikko.33 views
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada and wife Go (Ogo). The left sign indicates "Ogo" and right sign says, "Hidetada."33 views
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Tomb of Ogo, Hidetada's beloved wife.33 views
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada33 views
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ietsugu33 views
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ietsugu 七代家継 【有章院殿(ゆうしょういんでん)】33 views
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Side view of Ieshige and Ieyoshi tombs.33 views
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ieshige 九代家重 【惇信院殿(じゅんしんいんでん)】33 views
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Zojoji, Daiden (Hondo) main hall was rebuilt in 1974.32 views
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View from the Daiden, looking toward the Sangedatsu-mon Gate.32 views
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Inside the new Ankokuden.32 views
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Layout of Zojoji in the Meiji Period.32 views
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ienobu 六代家宣【文昭院殿(ぶんしょういんでん)】32 views
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ietsugu32 views
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyoshi 十二代家慶 【慎徳院殿(しんとくいんでん)】32 views
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyoshi32 views
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Side view32 views
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Next to Zojoji is Shiba Park where there is Toshogu Shrine that used to be part of Zojoji.32 views
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Toshogu Shrine 東照宮31 views
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Toshogu Shrine31 views
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Top of Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳31 views
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Tomb of Shogun Tokugawa Ieshige31 views
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Toshogu Shrine in Shiba Park.31 views
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Adjacent to Zojoji Temple, Shiba Park has cherry blossoms, views of Tokyo Tower, Toshogu Shrine and the Maruyama Tumulus. 芝公園31 views
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Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳30 views
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Top of Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳30 views
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Top of Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳30 views
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Toshogu Shrine torii30 views
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Way to Toshogu Shrine in Shiba Park.30 views
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Top of Maruyama Tumulus 丸山古墳29 views
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Top of Maruyama Tumulus29 views
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Shiba Park has fine views of Tokyo Tower.29 views
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Maruyama Tumulus is a cherry blossom spot in spring.29 views
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Monument on Maruyama Tumulus29 views
 
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