SpotSengaku-ji Temple

This famous temple was established in 1612 by General Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) as a Soto Sect (zen) Buddhist site. Speaking of Sengaku-ji, the famous Asano Takuminokami is buried here, as are samurai warriors from Ako. These are characters in the kabuki play Chushingura (The Story of the Loyal Retainers), which is based on the Genroku Ako Incident where a feudal lord, Asano, attempted to kill Kira Kozukenosuke after being humiliated by him in the Edo castle; this led to Asano's hara-kiri suicide. Later, Asano's 47 samurai subordinates attacked and killed Kira at his residence to avenge their lord's death. This story is well known and has been adapted in kabuki, movies, novels, etc. Because of this, a large number of people come to pay visits to this temple. Gishi Festival is held on December 13th and 14th every year, and is crowded with tens of thousands of people.

Sengaku-ji Temple



From Subway Sengakuji Station: 1 min on foot


2-11-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo





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