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Updated: April 2, 2018

Togenuki Jizo Kouganji Temple とげぬき地蔵尊高岩寺

3−35−2 Sugamo Toshima-ku Tokyo

Wash away your illnesses and pray for a long life at this historic Buddhist temple

If you have an ache or an ailment that has been bugging you, a visit to the Togenuki Jizo Kouganji Temple may just be the cure you need. Millions visit the historic Buddhist temple, located minutes by foot from Sugamo Station on the JR Yamanote Line, to pay their respects each year.


  • Praying for a long life at a historic Buddhist temple that first opened in 1596, and relocated to its present site in 1891
  • Seeking a cure to your ailments as per Japanese legend

The chief Buddhist image of the temple is the Enmei Jizo Bosatsu who, legend has it, has the powers to miraculously heal illnesses and extend one's life. The name Togenuki, meanwhile, means "thorn removal," and has its roots in Japanese folklore. A housemaid once accidentally swallowed a needle, which she managed to spit out after ingesting a piece of paper that bore the image of the Jizo deity. You can still buy this talisman, known as the osugata, at the temple—though a more common practice now is to apply it on a bothersome body part.

Also, join in the worshippers seeking protection from the Arai Kannon statue, or the "washing deity." It is said that your ailments will disappear if you pour water on, and then polish with a cloth, the same part of the statue as the area that has been bothering you.

How to Get There

  • Sugamo Sta. | Exit A3 | 1 mins on foot
    Mita Line
  • Sugamo Sta. | North Exit | 2 mins on foot
    JR Yamanote Line

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Opening Hours

  • See official website/local tourist information office

Facility Info

  • Handrails | Wheelchair ramp | Accessible restrooms | Baby changing facilities | ostomate restrooms | Accessible communication formats |

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