Tsukiji Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

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Tsukiji Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

The Tsukiji Hongwanji (Hongan-Ji) Buddhist Temple is located across the street from the Tsukiji Market.

The temple was originally built in 1617 in the Asakusa area, but burned down in a city-wide fire in 1657.

The temple was then relocated and built in its current location, but was then leveled by an earthquake in 1923.

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History
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Temple

It was again rebuilt from 1931-1934. The design of the exterior of the building was based on an ancient Indian style, and combines Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic styles in one building.  The temple is an imposing structure. A large, wide staircase leads up to the temple.

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Tsukubai
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Tsukubai

When facing the temple, the tsukubai (wash basin) is located to the right.

The temple is an imposing structure. A large, wide staircase leads up to the temple.

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Altar

In the front, there is a small altar.

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Interior
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Interior
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Interior

The main part of the temple is grand with lots of gold and ornate decorations.

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Temple
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Temple

There are also several areas of worship on either side of the main altar.

Although somewhat away from the tourist attraction of Tsukiji market, it worth taking a few minutes to visit this temple.

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