Pilgrimages inside Tokyo


The Kaminarimon ("Thunder Gate") at Senso-Ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo
In early August of 2004, I returned to Japan for half a month and completed a number of smaller pilgrimages, all inside the Tokyo city limits, including:
  • The Edo 33 Kannon: dedicated to the same Bodhisattva of Compassion as the larger pilgrimages in Kansai, Kanto, and Chichibu
  • The Edo 3 Enma-O: dedicated to the "King of Hell"
  • The Edo 6 Amida: dedicated to Amitabha, the most popular Buddha in Japan
  • The Edo Goshiki Fudo: dedicated to five fearsome figures with various eye colors
  • The Edo 6 Jizo: dedicated to Kshitigarbha, the Bodhisattva who vowed to save all beings from Hell
  • The Tokyo 10 Shinto Shrines: Ten major and minor shrines assembled into a pilgrimage in imitation of the Buddhist ones
And one for good measure:
  • The Seven Lucky Gods in Yanaka, an old district of Tokyo, were visited much earlier, in June of 1998--making that one afternoon's stroll the first actual "pilgrimage" I completed in Japan!
Each of the above will have its own sub-sub-guide, directing you to the individual posts. Stay tuned!

Last updated Apr. 27, 2019

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