Sengakuji temple

Sengakuji temple is a beautiful Buddhist temple near Shinagawa station.   This is the location of the Revenge of the Forty-seven Ronin, when 47 masterless samurai murdered a feudal lord. Their master was forced to commit suicide after attacking the lord, so with no master the Ronin planned their attack.  They eventually killed the lord, and all 47 masterless samurai committed ritual suicide after.  As this story is very famous in Japan, this temple is one of the most popular in Tokyo.

How to get there

If near a Metro station, take the Toei Asakusa line (pink Metro line) to Sengakuji station (せんがくじえき/泉岳寺駅).

From Shinjuku station, take the JR Yamanote line to Shinagawa  (しながわ/品川駅) station (19 mins, 190 yen).

From Tokyo station, take the JR Yamanote line to Shinagawa (しながわ/品川駅) station (8 mins, 160 yen).

You can walk from Shinagawa station.  Please see the map below.


Temple opening times: 7am to 6pm  (to 17:00 from October to March)

Museum opening times: 9am to 4pm

Cost: Free


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Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict