Exploring Japan: Zojo-Ji Temple and Kumano Shrine

There are literally hundreds of websites that offer info on the myriad of tourist spots all around the world. This is especially true for Japan. 

So I'm going to skip all the history lessons and just talk about what I like about Zojo-ji Temple and Kumano Shrine.

If you're a lover of old or traditional architecture then shrines and temples would be right up your alley. If you're not however, this blogpost might be a little helpful.

The thing I love the most about this place is that it's absolutely free. It's nearby the train station so you don't have to walk too far AND Tokyo Tower is right behind it. Depending on your schedule, you could easily fit 15 minutes of your touring time to walk around, marvel at the architecture, stare blankly at the Japanese signs and snap some pictures.

When I visited the temple and the shrine, it was winter time. So the trees were bare and the weather was a little cold and dreary. However, I believe it would look much prettier and lively in spring or autumn when the trees still have their foliage.

The most interesting thing I found at the temple were these little statues. Most of them were dresed in red knitted hats and had little plastic windmills placed next to them. They stretch out from one end to the other on the right of the compound when you enter. 

At the time I wasn't sure what they were and still am not sure what they are. However, my host mom told me that they might be statues dedicated to children that have passed away. I think she was right because some of them looked like they had newer "clothes" than some. There were some that were wrapped in winter clothing for children too.

Unfortunately, the temple was closed on the day I visited, so I just walked around outside. I was on my way to Tokyo Tower so I was quite happy that I could visit a popular tourist attraction on the way. 

Best of all, it was totally free and you're allowed to wander aimlessly around the compound and snap pictures. Of course, please don't wander into areas that have been cordoned off. (•﹏• āš‘)

Have fun!



Keisei Line (Keisei-Takasago Station > Keisi Station) - Transfer to Keihintohoku Line (Nippori Station > Hamamatsucho Station) 

Cost: Approx ¥260

Duration: 30-45 minutes (depending on the trains)

To get to Zojo-ji Temple from Takasago (where I was staying), I took the Keisei Line from Keisei-Takasago Station towards Ueno and stopped at Nippori Station where I transferred to the Keihintohoku Line. Then take the train towards Hamamatsucho Station. 


Keihintohoku Line (Tokyo Station > Hamamatsucho Station) 

Cost: Approx ¥160

Duration: 17-20 minutes (depending on the trains)

To get to Zojo-ji Temple from Tokyo Station, take the train and stop at Hamamatsucho Station. 


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