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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Demboin Temple with an excellent Japanese garden

April 7, 2016

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The garden and Gojunoto and Daishoin


Demboin Temple is the main priest's residence of Sensoji Temple in Asakusa and a general term for Kyakuden (the guest hall) and the entrance hall built in 1777, Daishoin (the large drawing room) built in 1871 and the living room of the chief abbot of Sensoji Temple. It located on the southwestern side of the grounds and near Gojunoto (the five-story pagoda). The Japanese garden created by Ensyu KOBORI in the Kanei era (1624 - 1644) during the Edo period (1603 - 1868) is very wonderful. The garden is valuable, which was hidden until the middle of the 19th century, and the pond and Gojunoto or Daishoin create beautiful scenery. It is closed usually but opened to the public irregularly.

An exhibition and viewing the garden

In spring (from March 18 to May 9 in 2016) “Large votive pictures and the temple's treasure exhibition and viewing the garden” is held and you can view the Japanese garden. The entrance fee is 300 yen and the proceeds will be used for donation for Great East Japan Earthquake. First you can enter the large votive pictures and the temple's treasure hall from the entrance near Gojunoto. Valuable votive pictures and treasures owned by Sensoji Temple are displayed there. In particular amazing works by superior artists are worth seeing. You can enjoy various works such as one on which pictures of Sumo wrestlers are painted and one on which a picture of a historical event is painted. After exiting from the hall you can view the Japanese garden created by Ensyu KOBORI. It is a Kaiyu style garden with a pond in the center and you can also see Daishoin and Tenyuan, a teahouse built in the Tenmei era (1781 - 1789) during the Edo period, which are located around the pond. Compared with famous Japanese gardens in Tokyo such as Rikugien Garden and Koishikawa Korakuen Garden the garden is small, but it is very elegant. Especially a combination of the pond and traditional Japanese architecture such as Daishoin and Gojunoto is wonderful, and they create one of the most beautiful scenery in Tokyo. In addition its joint appearance with Tokyo Skytree, a contemporary building is worth seeing. As shown the pictures taken in the beginning of Aril a drooping cherry tree is beautiful in the spring.
Though you cannot view Demboin Temple always, it is recommendable to view it if the timing is right.

The pond and Daishoin

The inside of Daishoin

Tenyuan (a teahouse)

The view of Gojunoto and Tokyo Skytree from the garden

The view of Gojunoto from the garden

The pond and Daishoin and Tokyo Skytree

A drooping cherry tree

A drooping cherry tree and Daishoin

A drooping cherry tree and the pond

The pond

The pond and a stone lantern

A stream