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Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple

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Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple
Tsukiji Hongan-ji was founded near Asakusa in 1617, and was destroyed in 1657 by a fire called the Mingli Fire. Later the Edo Shogunate was built in the present place, but at that time the present location is in the ocean. The entire construction, including the ocean filling, land reclamation, then building of the main hall gave the origins of the name Tsukiji. In 1923, following the fire of the Great Kanto Earthquake, the main hall was burned down again, and it was rebuilt in 1934 to become the current main hall. The current main hall was designed by Dr. Chuta Izu, an emeritus professor and architect at Tokyo Imperial University (now the University of Tokyo).



The building of Tsukiji Hongan-ji imitates the appearance of ancient Indian and other Asian Buddhist buildings; the stained glass at the entrance of the main hall has carvings of many animals. Inside Tsukiji Hongan-ji, compared with the work space of the monks, the worship space in the main hall is larger. After entering the main hall, in addition to the statue of Amitabha, you can also see two elements that are deeply related to the Christian church, which includes the Lotus-style stained-glass windows and the pipe organs that were obtained from Germany during the Soviet era. Tsukiji Hongan-ji is a traditional Jodo Shinto temple building. These designs are influenced by Southeast Asian, European and Islamic cultures. The monastery embraces the spirit of cultural diversity and not only affects the architectural field, but also attracts foreign tourists and religious leaders who believe in other religions. After visiting this unique temple, you can also dine in the cafe in the temple. The monastery hosts lunch concerts every month, and the schedule will be announced on the website.

Worship: Weekdays 9:00~17:00
Tsukiji Hongan-ji Address: 3 Chome-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo
Tsukiji Hongan-ji Transportation: Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Tsukiji Station Exit 1 Direct; 5 minutes walk from Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line Shintomicho Station Exit 4; 5 minutes walk from Toei Asakusa Line Higashi-ginza Station Exit 5; Toei Oedo Line Tsukiji, 5-minute walk from Shijo Station Exit A1.



The Tsukiji area is adjacent to Tokyo Bay and is within walking distance from Ginza. It is a must-see place for sightseeing. You can enjoy fresh and delicious sushi breakfast at restaurants around the OTC market. You can also enjoy shopping for seafood, cooking utensils, tableware and unique local products. Although the Tsukiji on-site market has now been relocated to Toyosu, the remaining Tsukiji off-site market is still as vibrant as before. Tsukiji’s charm is not just seafood. There are also many traditional cafes on the streets of the off-site market. These old shops have served the market workers with fragrant coffee, black tea and thick sandwiches for many years. After crossing the Kachidoki Bridge of the Sumida River, you can arrive at Tsukishima, which is famous for its Tokyo civilian food "Monjayaki". After enjoying the perfect food and sightseeing in Tsukiji, you can also visit the nearby Tsukiji Hongan-ji. This is an interesting monastery that combines architectural styles of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam.



Tsukiji Address: 5-chōme-3 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo
Tsukiji Transportation: From Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line "Tsukiji" Station, Toei Ōedo Line "Tsukijishijo" Station or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Toei Asakusa Line "Higashi-ginza" Station can easily reach this area. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from Ginza or Shiodome.
From Haneda airport: Take the airport bus for 35 minutes to the "Ginza" station, get off and walk for 10 minutes, or take the tram for 45 minutes.
From Narita airport: Take the airport bus for 2 hours to the "Ginza" station, get off and walk for 10 minutes, or take the tram for 90 minutes. Go from Shinjuku station, and take Toei Ōedo Line for 21 minutes to "Tsukijishijo" station. Or from Tokyo station: Take the JR Yamanote Line to the "Yurakucho" station and transfer to the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line to the "Tsukiji" station (takes 22 minutes).

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • How to get to Tsukiji by public transportation?
    Tsukiji address is 5-chōme-3 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo. From Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line exit at "Tsukiji" station; take Toei Ōedo Line exit at "Tsukijishijo" station; take Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line or Toei Asakusa Line exit at "Higashi-ginza". It takes about 10 minutes to walk from Ginza or Shiodome.
  • How do I get to Tsukiji from the airport in Tokyo?
    From Haneda airport: Take the airport bus for 35 minutes to the "Ginza" station, get off and walk for 10 minutes, or take the tram for 45 minutes. From Narita airport: take the airport bus for 2 hours to the "Ginza" station, get off and walk for 10 minutes, or take the tram for 90 minutes.
  • Are there any attractions near Tsukiji?
    Tsukijishijo, with its world-renowned scale and popularity, is located in Tsukiji. After enjoying the perfect food and sightseeing in Tsukiji, you can also visit the nearby Tsukiji Hongan-ji. This is an interesting monastery that combines architectural styles of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam.
  • What is the address of Tsukiji Hongan-ji?
    Tsukiji Hongan-ji is an interesting temple that blends the architectural styles of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. It was designed by Dr. Chuta Izu, an emeritus professor and architect at Imperial University of Tokyo (now the University of Tokyo). The address is 3 Chome-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo.
  • How to get to Tsukiji Hongan-ji by public transportation?
    Directly accessible from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Tsukiji Station Exit 1; about 5 minutes walk from Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line Shintomicho Station Exit 4; about 5 minutes walk from Toei Asakusa Line Higashi-ginza Station Exit 5; walk from Toei Oedo Line Tsukiji-shijo Station Exit A1 about 5 minutes.
  • When is Tsukiji Hongan-ji open?
    Tsukiji Hongan-ji is a traditional Jodo Shinto temple building. These designs are influenced by Southeast Asian, European and Islamic cultures. The monastery embraces the spirit of cultural diversity and not only affects the architectural field, but also attracts foreign tourists and religious leaders who believe in other religions. Worship: 9: 00 ~ 17: 00 on weekdays.
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