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Tokyo Sights

Benzaiten

  • 2–1 Ueno Koen Map It
  • Ueno and Yanaka
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 08/19/2013

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Perched in the middle of Shinobazu Pond, this shrine is dedicated to the goddess Benten, one of the Seven Gods of Good Luck that evolved from a combination of Indian, Chinese, and Japanese mythology. As matron goddess of the arts, she is depicted holding a lutelike musical instrument called a biwa. The shrine, built by Abbot Tenkai, was destroyed in the bombings of 1945; the present version, with its distinctive octagonal roof, is a faithful copy. You can rent rowboats and pedal boats at a nearby boathouse.

Sight Information

Address:

2–1 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Kanagawa-ken, 110-0007, Japan

Map It

Phone:

03-3828–9502-for boathouse

Sight Details:

  • Rowboats ¥600 for 1 hr, pedal boats ¥600 for 30 mins, swan boats ¥700 for 30 mins
  • Boathouse daily 9–5

Updated 08/19/2013

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