Tokyo Sights

Dembo-in (Dembo Temple)

  • 2–3–1 Asakusa Map It
  • Asakusa
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 04/19/2015

Fodor's 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.

Sight Information

Address:

2–3–1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032, Japan

Map It

Phone:

03-3842–0181-for reservations

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–4; may be closed if abbot has guests

Published 04/19/2015

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