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Updated on June 29, 2018

A Perfect Day in Tokyo

The natural atmosphere of Musashino:
Jindaiji Temple and its environs (Chofu City)

The photo of an approach to Jindaiji Temple
The pathway leading to the temple is a perfect place for strolling

Hop off the bus to arrive at the lush green grounds of Jindaiji Temple. The history of the temple goes back to the Nara period (710-794), making it the second oldest temple in Tokyo after Sensoji Temple. The approach to Jindaiji Temple is a step back in time with its old Japanese-style establishments, including a teahouse and about 20 soba (buckwheat-noodle) restaurants.

Everywhere on the grounds of Jindaiji Temple, you can find crystal-clear spring waters flowing through small streams, including the Fudo-no-Taki Waterfall designated one of the top 57 spring waters in Tokyo, and ponds reflecting trees. The waterwheel that still turns is a vivid reminder of how the Musashino Plain appeared long ago. Another way of enjoying the temple is to go on a tour of the monuments inscribed with haiku poems by Matsuo Basho and Takahama Kyoshi, while hearing the soothing sounds of water and wind chimes. The “Bronze Shaka Nyorai (seated Buddha)” designated a national treasure last September is also a site worth visiting at the temple. The elegant statue brings deep peace to visitors.

           

 

Then, led by a pleasant breeze, leave the Main Hall of Jindaiji Temple to find the Jindai Botanical Gardens that seem to blend in with the temple’s natural landscape. The greenhouse with 1,300 or so rare plants collected from around the globe, and seasonal flowers such as roses and hydrangeas are sure to lift your mood.

The Botanical Gardens are adjoined by the Jindai Aquatic Plants Gardens. The Aquatic Plants Gardens are filled with marshes created by streams around the temple. Irises in all kinds of colors welcome you there. Proceed along a boardwalk surrounded by dazzling greenery while listening to wild birds singing.

Jindaiji Temple is a perfect destination to reflect upon times gone by.

 

◎From Tsutsujigaoka and Chofu stations on the Keio Line and Kichijoji and Mitaka stations on the JR Line, take a Keio Bus and get off at Jindaiji (Jindaiji Temple), Jindaiji-Iriguchi (Jindaiji Temple entrance), Jindaiji-Shogakko-Mae (Jindaiji Elementary School), and Jindai-Shokubutsu-Koen-Mae (Jindai Botanical Gardens) bus stops.

[Jindaiji Temple]
Phone: 042-486-5511
Viewing hours of Bronze Shaka Nyorai: from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (300 yen). A link to an website( External link ).
[Jindai Botanical Gardens]
Phone: 042-483-2300 Open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (No entry allowed after 4:00 p.m.). Closed on Mondays. 500 yen for general admission. 250 yen for seniors 65 and above. A link to an website( External link ).
[Jindai Aquatic Plants Gardens]
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

The photo of Bronze Shaka Nyorai


Jindaiji Temple’s “Bronze Shaka Nyorai”

 

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