Tokyo, Japan
19 June 2014

A juxtaposition of Japan’s tradition and innovation, Zojoji Shrine in Tokyo offers a picturesque site with the Tokyo Tower standing proud and high behind it.

Previously built in 1393 as the main temple of the Jodo shu Buddist Jodo Sect in the Kanto area, the shrine was moved to its present location in 1598 after Leyasu Tokugawa, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, entered Edo (present-day Tokyo) in 1590 to establish his provincial government.

During the Edo Period, it became the Tokugawa’s family temple until the Meija Era took over. The original construction suffered massive damage at the height of World War II and had undergone reconstruction that is able to withstand earthquakes and natural calamities.

Today, the Zojo-ji Shrine is a popular tourist destination when visiting the Roppongi district in Tokyo.

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