Sunday, October 18, 2009

Zojo-ji (Temple Zojo)

The Temple Zojo in Minato in Tokyo, Japan is a Buddhist temple founded in 1939, relocated to his present location in 1598 by the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, Ieyasu Tokugawa. The cathedral, temples, and mausoleum of the Tokugawa family were burned down during world war II, The cathedral and other structures have been rebuilt now.

Sangendatsumon Zojoji
The Main gate Sangedatsumon is a wooden structure of 21 meters of height, 28.7 meters in width and 17.6 meters in depth. Built in 1622 is the only structure to survive the war and is considered an important cultural property

Daiden Main hall Zojoji
The Daiden Main hall was rebuilt in 1974,and is the site of several religious ceremonies.

Tokugawa's mausoleums Zojoji
Six of the 15 tokugawa shogus are buried at the mausoleum of the tokugawa shoguns. The doors to the mausoleum display the seal of the tokugawa family.

Nitemon gate Zojoji
Zojoji originally covered an area of 826,000 meters, some of the area is now a park,and Tokyo prince hotel. The Nitenmon gate, an important cultural property is in front of the hotel.

Official site


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