However, most foreigners do not know that Tsukiji is also famous for the ” Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple “which is also registered as a National Treasure of Japan. The Temple was designed by Chuta Ito who actually had visited India many times prior to designing this.
Over the weekend, I decided to go for a troll in the streets to admire at the architecture ( as I am a huge fan of Architecture ) and I came across a unique Temple like no other .
When I first had a glance of it, I thought I was in a different part of Asia to be honest. Does look like an architecture you would typically see in Japan?
Actually, the reason why this temple looks this way is because the architect who designed this Buddhist temple based his designs on an ancient Indian Buddhist style. The structure that you see now is actually a reconstruction of the original temple that was destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake on 1923.
The exterior of the temple has is heavily influenced by South Asian and Indian Traditional designs, however, when you go inside, yet another style of Japanese ornamentation and Western Church-Like designs. Actually, the seating arrangement really resembles that of church !
Right at the back you have a part of the interior that has 2000 temple organ pipes a German manufacturer ( Walker ) from West Germany at the time.
There is no entrance fee and the right at the entrance you have flyers in many foreign languages that explain in depth about the place. The other thing is that you can take pictures inside but, if you notice people praying, ideally it would be polite if you waited for them to finish.
As I was walking around, I noticed that there was an information corner, there was a book marker-like item ” oval shaped ” that had a beautiful designed tiger logo and a white print at the bottom that said ” Byakko “. After further research, I found out that ” Byakko ” is a white tiger ( a God that is said to rule over the western heavens ).
When I found out this information, it made perfect sense why I found Tiger-like statues right at the entrance of the temple.
If you would like to visit this place too, you can get there by using the TOKYO METRO HIBIYA LINE and get of at the Tsukiji Station. From there is it only a 2 min walk !