Gokoku-ji

Gokoku-ji est un temple du Bouddhisme Shingon situé dans le quartier Bunkyo de Tokyo. Le temple est fondé par le cinquième shogun Tokugawa, Tsunayoshi, qui le dédie à sa mère. Il se distingue pour avoir survécu aux bombardements américains pendant la guerre alors que la plupart des autres sites historiques à Tokyo ont été transformés en décombres – dont Meiji-jingū, reconstruit en 1958.

Gokokuji, just east of Ikebukuro Station, is a beautiful wooden Buddhist temple founded in 1681 by the fifth shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in honour of his mother. One of the few temples to survive the bombing of WWII, and one of the even fewer to have also survived the Great Kanto Earthquake, the Gokokuji offers a rare look at a Buddhist Temple built before the twentieth century. Besides the main temple—Honden —the grounds host a large up-kept cemetery with stone pathways, a Buddha statue, and a small pagoda. Makes for a perfectly peaceful spot for an afternoon stroll.
Every year, the temple celebrates Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival) on April 6 to commemorate Buddha’s birthday. The temple is also popular during cherry blossom season as it has many varieties of cherry trees.

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