Gokokuji Station is located in Bunkyo Ward of Tokyo and serves the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line. Opened in October 1974, the station consists of an island platform (a center platform where a single platform lies between two tracks running in opposite direction but serving the same line).


The Gokokuji Station is best known for the temple of the same name that is located just 1 minute on foot from it, the Gokokuji Temple.


Gokokuji Temple


Gokokuji Temple is a Buddhist temple built in 1681 as headquarters of the Buzan school of the Shingon sect of Buddhism. It was built by the 5th Tokugawa Shogun, Tsunayoshi, at the request of his mother. In 1873, Emperor Meiji declared Gokokuji the imperial mausoleum, and so it remains till today. Emperor Meiji and several of his children are buried here.


Gokokuji Temple, which is situated on top of a hill, is the largest temple in Tokyo and is dedicated to the goddess of mercy and the Kannon image of amber from India.

Having survived the many earthquakes, fires, and the World War II bombings, the temple building is still the original. Surrounding the temple building is a large cemetery, the Toshimagaoka . It is here that Emperor Meiji and his children are buried.


Gokokuji Temple is an important temple for another reason as well. It is the central temple that oversees the practice of all the Japanese tea ceremonies in all of Japan.

Gokokuji Temple is designated as Important Cultural Property of Japan.


Hana Matsuri , or Flower Festival , is held at Gokokuji Temple every year on April 6. It is an important festival as it celebrates the birthday of Buddha. Flowers are the theme of the festival as it is believed that Buddha was born in a garden and flowers bloomed at his birth to welcome him. Coincidentally, Hana Matsuri coincides with the blooming of the cherry blossoms in Japan. On this day, processions of floats are taken out with children dressed in their best kimonos chanting their way to the temple. At the temple, the Hanamido, or the flower hall, is decorated with flowers and a baby Buddha statue is placed in the center, also adorned with flowers. Worshippers approach the statue and pour sweet tea on its head as offering. Special prayers are held.


St. Mary's Cathedral


St. Mary's Cathedral, located a 5 minute walk from Gokokuji Station, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tokyo. It was originally built in 1899, but the building was destroyed during the World War II bombings. A new building was designed by the well known architect Kenzo Tange (1913-2005) and constructed between 1961 and 1964. The new cathedral design is a piece of modern architecture. It is in the shape of a cross from which the walls rise up at an angle. To this main rhomboid structure, secondary rectangular constructions are added connected by pathways and platforms. The main structure is the main prayer hall, while the secondary buildings are the baptistery and the baptismal font. The bell tower, which stands a little away from the main cathedral building, is 60 meters tall. The whole exterior of the structures is stainless steel. The inside of the cathedral holds a solemn look with its dark-colored curved walls. On the whole, St. Mary's Cathedral has an amazing look and is well worth a visit.

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