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Updated: April 2, 2018

Nishiaraidaishi Souji Temple 西新井大師 總持寺

1-15-1 Nishi-Arai, Adachi-ku, Tokyo

Stroll the grounds of a neighborhood temple and get involved in seasonal festivals

Legend says that Nishiaraidaishi Souji Temple was founded in the 9th century by Kukai—the originator of Japan's esoteric Buddhism. While the original structures have succumbed to time, today you can wander the atmospheric grounds and check out the site dedicated to Shingon Buddhism.

The temple is a pleasant excursion any time of year, but don't miss one of its seasonal events if your visit coincides. The annual wind-chime festival takes place in July, and a festival of traditional Bon dancing happens in late August. Alternatively, celebrate New Year's Eve with the locals by ringing the temple bell to ward off misfortune in the coming year.

How to Get There

  • Daishimae Sta. | 5 mins on foot
    Tobu Daishi Line


Opening Hours

  • 9:00-16:30 Mon-Sun
    Operates irregular/seasonal opening hours

Facility Info

  • Restrooms | Parking |
  • Baby changing facilities |

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