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Daienji Temple

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Address: 1-8-5 Shimomeguro, Meguro 153-0064, Tokyo Prefecture
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大円寺 [東京] Daienji (Tōkyō)

Daienji enshrines 500 Arhat statuettes . In 1772 Edo suffered one of its worst fires and the blaze claimed many lives. Daienji was built to commemorate them and many small statues... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 November 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Daienji enshrines 500 Arhat statuettes . In 1772 Edo suffered one of its worst fires and the blaze claimed many lives. Daienji was built to commemorate them and many small statues depicting Rakan were carved in the following years and placed in the temple. The larger statues represent the Buddha and Bodhisattvas.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

This temples near measuring subway station is famous for its five hundred small Buddha's figures each sculpted individually with different facial characteristics such as joy, estacsy, hate, anger, boredom, contemplation and so on. (I do not have enough words or imagination to describe them. ). They are fun to watch and this is a fun stop.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

small and cool temple that's located very near Meguro station, it's a short walk, when you reach a super steep hill that you kind of struggle to get down/walk up you know that you are very near. The temple itself is really cool there are a lot of small buddhas of sorts. I went there in the morning, it felt... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

I went to Meguro in Tokyo to look for the Daien-Ji temple. In 1615, a temple was created to honor two groups. One is a small temple connecting trees to commemorate stillborn, miscarried children and aborted fetuses. The second is a tribute to the 14,700 people who died in the “Great Meiwa Fire” of 1772. The Great Meiwa fire was... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

On the way down the hill to Meguro Gajoen, I came across this small but beautiful shrine. There are a lot of different statues at this shrine. Definitely worth the visit if you are around the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon this temple by accident. Staying close to the Meguro river, we hadn't realised this little jewel of a temple was here. We were searching for cherry blossoms - which we found. But in that search also discovered this little piece of beauty and history. Lovely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

Every part of this temple was a delight and it was the simplicity yet many focus points that resonated with our family. The serene water pond with koi fish and the hundreds of unique statues behind the main Buddha statue, the gilded statue and interesting history made for a pleasant visit. It is also worthwhile researching this temple as it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

This is close to other temples and each temple I visited while in Tokyo were all great, try to get to each if you can while you are here.

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