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Zenkokuji temple、Secret side of Tokyo

Zenkokuji shrine, Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Zenkokuji temple was built in 1595(late Momoyama era) in Bakurocho, Taito ward, which is much more east direction from here.  The temple was moved here in 1793  because it was caught in several fires and burned down.  Now people think that this temple is like a key spot of Kagurazaka street.

The principal image is Bishamonten (Vaisravana) in Zenkokuji.   In Hinduism, Vaisravana is positioned as one of the guardian gods of Buddhism.   As Vaisravana is the god of fortune, welfare appeared in the year of the tiger, the day of the tiger and the time of the tiger. 

We can see Bishamonten only on fixed days.


A pair of Tigers sit at the approach of this temple. 

Do they look like a tiger?  The statue was put up here in1849.  At that time, most of Japanese people could not have any chance to see a tiger. That made this statue unlike a real tiger.

Kagurazaka walk

We will hold a kagurazaka kitune walk trip on July 8th. We are to walk Saka(hills), Roji(narrow alleys) , temples such as Kakurenboyokocho(Hide-and-seek side alley). The fee is 1000 yen this time.  I put Kitsune mask somewhere on my clothes. You can put the mask if you like.

For the details , please check our brochure.  Would you please send us your name, the number of participants and E-mail for the resevation.

Kagurazaka walkWhere is JR Iidabashi station?

We meet just at the west exit of JR IIdabashi station at 17:00  on July 8th.
We can make an arrangement on other days.  Please feel free to contact us.

Would you please acknowledge that there is no insurance on this walk. We will not take any responsibility for the injuries or damages of the participants even if an accident should occur during the walk. Thanks for your understandings.

kagurazaka map