Sengakuji temple and its 47 samurai 泉岳寺

  • Published on : 27/05/2020
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Sengaku-ji, a temple to celebrate loyalty

This Buddhist temple from the Edo era (1603-1868) was the theater of one of the most famous samurai stories. Located in the south of Tokyo near Shinagawa, it is particularly known for the loyalty and courage of 47 masterless samurais or "ronin".

 

Sengaku-ji

Le Sengaku-ji

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Many people still visit to burn incense on their graves, identified by name and age, to celebrate their memory and loyalty to their daimyo. Together with the main door, these are the last original elements of the place, the main building having been rebuilt in concrete.

 

A memorial dedicated to the history of these samurai can be visited within the temple grounds but its signage is in Japanese. Every year, on December 14, ronin revenge day, a popular festival takes place, serving many matsuri food specialties such as okonomiyaki.

 

Sengaku-ji

Les tombes des rônin

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Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Phone

    +81(0)33 441 5560
  • Timetable

    Sengakuji station, Toei Asakusa subway line (exit A2). 15 or 20 min walk from Shinagawa or Tamachi stations on the JR Yamanote line
  • Price

    free for the temple, 500 yen for the museum
  • Access

    open every day from 7 am to 5 pm for the temple and from 9 am to 4:30 pm for the museum

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  • Wed, 12/14/2016 - 00:00

    film les 47 Ronins Whis my 2 sons I was in Japan in mai. We will go to Japan on winter, because we like the mountains , and macaques in the hot springs. Thise is beautiful in nature. But fly from Poland to Japan is long f et expensive.

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