Autumn leaves color the Tokyo suburban temple, Kuhon-butsu

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

A stroll in the temple grounds is a relief from that of a bustling Tokyo streets, here at Kuhon-butsu temple there are various old trees such as a kaya estimated to be over 700 years old (a natural monument), and a huge Ginko tree (ichi, a natural monument) also referred to as a Bodhi tree, the tree under which Shakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment. Autumn is one of the best seasons to watch the coloring of these trees.

Located in the southern Tokyo next to a posh neighborhood of Jiyugaoka. Kuhon-butsu temple (formally called Kuhonzan Yuizainembutsu-in Joshin-ji) was built in early Edo Period in 1678 during the reign of the 4th Tokugawa Shogun Ietsuna by the great monk Kaseki Shonin on the donated land of the old Okusawa Castle ruin.

Various spots within the temple grounds, which covers an area of 120,000m2, are prominent preserved areas in Tokyo city. These spots still maintain the ambiance of previous days of Edo. The main tower of today shows little change compared to the picture drawn in “The Famous Views of Edo”.

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo

Kuhon-butsu Temple, Tokyo


 

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