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Dembo-in (Dembo Temple)

Dembo-in (Dembo Temple) Review

Believed to have been made in the 17th century by Kobori Enshu, the genius of Zen landscape design, the garden of Dembo-in is part of the living quarters of the abbot of Senso-ji and the best-kept secret in Asakusa. The garden is usually empty and always utterly serene, an island of privacy in a sea of pilgrims. Spring, when the wisteria blooms, is the ideal time to be here.

A sign in English on Dembo-in-dori—you'll see it about 150 yards west of the intersection with Naka-mise-dori—leads you to the entrance, which is a side door to a large wooden gate. For permission to see the abbot's garden, you must first apply at the temple administration building, between Hozo-mon and the Five-Story Pagoda, in the far corner.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 2–3–1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku Asakusa, Tokyo, 111-0032 | Map It
  • Phone: 03/3842–0181 for reservations
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 9–4; may be closed if abbot has guests
  • Subway: Ginza subway line, Asakusa Station (Exit 1/Kaminari-mon Exit).
  • Location: Tokyo
Updated: 08-19-2013

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