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A Video Introducing Ikegami-Honmonji Temple in Ota, Tokyo

This video, titled "The Sakura of Ikegami Honmon-ji - Tokyo - 池上本門寺 - 8K," was uploaded by "TokyoStreetView - Japan The Beautiful."
It introduces Ikegami-Honmonji Temple during spring with beautiful cherry blossoms in vivid 8K.
Ikegami-Honmonji Temple has a history dating back 700 years as the sacred grounds where the Buddhist priest Nichiren passed away, and is considered one of the 14 sacred temples of Nichiren Shoshu and one of the seven major head temples of the Nichiren sect.

There is a building on the temple grounds that is registered as an Important Cultural Property, and in the spring, visitors can enjoy a spectacular tunnel of cherry blossoms.
Many people visit the shrine for Oeshiki, a ceremony/festival with many food stalls.

In this article, we'll introduce the history of Ikegami-Honmonji Temple, its events, and tourist information, including transportation access.
Be sure to check out the video to enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms and the five-story pagoda on the temple's precincts.

More About Ikegami-Honmonji Temple

Image of cherry blossoms at Ikegami-Honmonji Temple, Tokyo, Japan
Photo:Cherry blossoms at Ikegami-Honmonji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

Nichiren Shoshu's main temple, Choueizan Ikegami-Honmonji Temple, is said to be the sacred place where Nichiren, a Buddhist priest of the Kamakura period (1185-1333 A.D.), died in 1282 at the age of 61.
Every year on October 11, 12, and 13, the "Oeshiki Memorial Service" is held to remember the legacy of Buddhist priest Nichiren.
On the night of the 12th, around 300,000 people visit the temple and making it a popular event.
Every year from the end of October to the end of November, prayers are held to pray for the growth and development of children during Shichi-Go-San.
From the main gate, enter the main approach and climb the 96-step stone steps and you'll find Choueido Hall.
Further along, after passing Niomon gate, you'll come across the five-story pagoda to your right.

The five-story pagoda, which can be seen from 0:25 in the video, is the oldest five-story pagoda in Japan's Kanto region that was built before the end of the Edo period.
The pagoda is 31.8 meters tall, and features beautiful architecture characterized by its "setchuyo style," with only the first layer in Japanese style and the second and higher layers in Chinese style.
It has been designated as an Important Cultural Property.

Beyond the five-story pagoda is the main hall followed by the inner shrine.
In the foreground on the left is a tahoto, a unique pagoda with an even number of layers.
The pagoda is the burial place of Nichiren, and is surrounded by a sacred atmosphere.

When is the best time to see cherry blossoms at Ikegami Honmonji?What's the highlight?

About 100 cherry trees are planted in the precincts of Ikegami Honmonji.Although there are not many, many people visit in spring because they can enjoy the collaboration between cherry blossoms and Inwangmun Gate, cherry blossoms and five-story pagoda that bloom on the approach.

The best time to see cherry blossoms is from late March to early April.Tokyo is expected to bloom around March 27th and April 5th in full bloom in 2024.

Also, Ikegami Honmonji holds the Spring Festival on April 6th and 7th every year.In addition to the special opening of the five-story pagoda, mock shops and events will also be held.The five-storied pagoda, which did not collapse in the Great Kanto Earthquake, and the five-storied pagoda amulet, which can be awarded for a limited time, are also popular among examinees.

Tourist Information for Ikegami-Honmonji Temple in Ota, Tokyo

Image of Ikegami Station, Tokyu Ikegami Line
Photo:Ikegami Station, Tokyu Ikegami Line

To get to Ikegami-Honmonji Temple it's a 10-minute walk from Ikegami Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line, a 12-minute walk from Nishimagome Station on the Toei Asakusa Line, or a 20-minute bus ride from the Omori Station bus headed towards Ikegami station.
Get off at Honmonji-mae, and then it's a 5-minute walk.
There is also a parking lot for those visiting by car.

The grounds of the temple are large and include the grave of Rikidozan, a popular professional wrestler from Japan's Showa Period, and locals use it as a walking course.

Summary of Ikegami-Honmonji Temple

Image of Ikegami-Honmonji Temple, Tokyo, Japan
Photo:Ikegami-Honmonji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

This video introducing Ikegami-Honmonji Temple features beautiful footage of a historic temple in Tokyo.
The blessings provided by Ikegami Honmonji Temple are said to fulfill one's heart's desire, ward off bad luck, and protect against eye diseases.
Consider picking up a charm from the temple when visiting and also getting a shuin stamp if you're collecting them!

There are also many temples and shrines around Ikegami-Honmonji Temple, and the Seven Lucky Gods tour, which takes visitors on a roughly two-hour-long tour of the surrounding temples, is very popular.
The Ikegami Plum Garden and Honmonji Park in the area are nice places to relax as well.

This article introduced the history of and tourist information for Ikegami-Honmonji Temple.
The video was shot right at the start of spring, during the cherry blossom season.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of cherry blossoms dancing in the background with the breathtaking pagoda of Ikegami-Honmonji Temple.

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Last Updated : Apr. 10, 2023
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