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Zojoji Temple (㎛, Zōjōji) is the head temple of the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism in the Kanto Region. Standing next to Tokyo Tower, the temple grounds consist of some impressive structures as well as a mausoleum of the Tokugawa family and a small museum.

Most of Zojoji's current buildings are recent reconstructions except for the main entrance gate, the Sangedatsumon, which has survived many fires, earthquakes and wars and dates from 1622.

Sangedatsumon Gate

The temple was originally built in the year 1393 and moved to its present location in 1598 by Tokugawa Ieyasu who selected it as his family temple. The mausoleum of the family is located at the back of the complex and contains the tombs of six of the Tokugawa shogun.

The small museum in the basement of the temple main hall focuses primarily on the previous manifestation of the Tokugawa Mausoleum, which included ornate buildings before it was severely damaged during World War 2. In addition to various documents, the museum includes a video about the mausoleum's construction and a detailed 1:10 scale model of the former buildings.

Tokugawa Mausoleum

Access

The closest subway stations are Onarimon or Shibakoen Station on the Mita Subway Line and Daimon Station on the Oedo Subway Line. The temple can also be reached in a ten minute walk from Hamamatsucho Station on the JR Yamanote and JR Keihin-Tohoku Line.

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Hours & Fees

Zozoji Temple

Hours

9:00 to 17:00

Closed

No closing days

Admission

Free

Tokugawa Mausoleum & Museum

Hours

10:00 to 16:00 (entry until 15:45)

Closed

Tuesdays (except national holidays)

Admission

500 yen (mausoleum only), 700 yen (museum only), 1000 yen (both)

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Page last updated: July 20, 2017