Heirinji Temple

The Heirinji Temple is located in the city of Niiza in the Musashino area of the Kanto plain, northwest of central Tokyo near Saitama.

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Very large crowds flock the temple during spring, which flourishes with cherry blossoms, and now in autumn, where the many different species of trees to provide a kaleidoscope of colors.

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Set in a preserved section of Musashino’s indigenous forest (which has since been declared a national treasure), this Zen Buddhist temple of the Rinzai tradition was originally built in 1375.

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The two-storied Sanmon gate, the Hando main hall and inner gate were originally built in the mid-17th century during the Edo period and feature thatched roofs.

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The temple bell, along with these cherry blossoms, was the inspiration for Toshi Yoshida’s Heirinji Temple Bell woodblock print.  Pictured below is the same temple along with autumn leaves.

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On the far left as you enter the temple is the hansobo, a small shrine contained within the temple grounds.

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Past the inner gate, you will find the the Butsuden prayer hall, where you may find monks meditating and chanting in prayer.

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A statue of Kannon a goddess of mercy can be found near a small pond.

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A stunning village of old tombstones emerges in the woods – the graveyard of the Matsudaira family.

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It’s fall in Japan, leaves are the turning color and in most cases have fallen to the ground.  Are you enjoying the fall colors in your neck of the woods?

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8 thoughts on “Heirinji Temple

      • It was amazing. There was one tree that was especially beautiful, having 3 colours. The leaves closest to the trunk were green, then yellow, and then at the tips of the branches, red. It’ll be a while before my photos are up. I don’t have much time before my holiday, but I’ll see what I can do this weekend. But in that case, it’ll be summer pictures :) I’m 4 months behind on my pictures.

    • Thanks – it’s easy to take good pictures with great scenery and colors. The challenge was to avoid taking pictures of the crowds so my camera was usually pointed upwards :-)

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