Shiba koen park and Zojoji temple in Tokyo

Cherry blossoms at Shiba koen park in Tokyo
Cherry blossoms at Shiba koen park in Tokyo

I went to Shiba koen park in Tokyo to see fully bloomed cherry blossoms.
This place is 2 minutes walk from exit 4 of Shiba Koen station of metro.

Set their spot for hanami at Shiba Maruyama Kofun in Shiba koen park

Then I went to Shiba Maruyama Kofun.
Kofun is a megalithic burial mound.
People set their spot for hanami(cherry blossom viewing) in the night by laying out a blue tarp.
Most of them were office worker in the neighborhood.

Maruyama Zuishin Inari Daimyojin in Shiba koen park
There was Maruyama Zuishin Inari Daimyojin right in front of them.

Shiba Toshogu Shrine

As I walked toward  Zojoji temple, I found Shiba Toshogu Shrine.
It was established in 1590.
The seated wooden statue of Tokugawa Ieyasu(founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan) enshrined here


Entrance of Zojoji temple
Entrance of Zojoji temple

Cherry blossoms and Daibonsho with Tokyo tower in Zojoji temple
Cherry blossoms at Zojoji temple in Tokyo
Cherry blossoms and Daibonsho(Big bell) with Tokyo tower.

Cherry blossoms in Zojoji temple and Tokyo tower
Cherry blossoms and Tokyo tower.

Cherry blossoms and food stalls at Zojoji temple in Tokyo
Tokyo tower and food stalls at Zojoji temple in Tokyo
Cherry blossoms and food stalls at Zojoji temple in Tokyo
There were many food stalls that sold typical festival food and local specialties.
People bought foods and eat it at the table(free) or roadside.

Bugaku dance at Gyoki-daie in Zojoji Temple, Tokyo
I happened to see the Bugaku dance at the stage in front of the main hall.
It was one of the program of Gyoki-daie.
Gyoki-daie is a ceremony held from April 2nd through 7th in memory of the death of sect founder Honen.

Nerigyoretsu at Gyoki-daie in Zojoji temple in Tokyo
Nerigyoretsu at Gyoki-daie in Zojoji temple and Tokyo tower
Nerigyoretsu at Gyoki-daie.
It is a procession by the hundreds of participants that put on traditional outfits.

Daibonsho in Zojoji temple
Monk at Daibonsho in Zojoji temple
Monk was ring a big bell at Daibonsho during the Nerigyoretsu.

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