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Kaneiji (Kanei Temple)

  • 1–14–11 Ueno Sakuragi Map It
  • Ueno
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

In 1638 the second Tokugawa shogun, Hidetada, commissioned the priest Tenkai to build a temple on the hill known as Shinobu-ga-oka in Ueno to defend his city from evil spirits. The only remarkable remaining structure here is the ornately carved vermilion gate to what was the mausoleum of Tsunayoshi, the fifth shogun. Tsunayoshi is famous for his disastrous fiscal mismanagement and his Shorui Awaremi no Rei (Edicts on Compassion for Living Things), which, among other things, made it a capital offense for a human being to kill a dog.

Sight Information

Address:

1–14–11 Ueno Sakuragi, Taitō-ku, Tokyo, 110-0002, Japan

Map It

Phone:

03-3821–4440

Sight Details:

  • Free, contributions welcome
  • Daily 9–4

Published 12/10/2015

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