Tokyo tourism: Ikegami Honmonji Temple and Nichiren Buddhism

Tokyo tourism: Ikegami Honmonji Temple and Nichiren Buddhism

Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The Ikegami Honmonji Temple in Tokyo is a great place to connect with spirituality because of the connection with the holy Buddhist priest Nichiren Shonin (1222-1282). Indeed, depending on your route, it is worth visiting the Senzokuike Pond (Senzoku-ike) on the same Tokyu Ikegami Train Line – and visiting other lovely places in the vicinity of Honmonji Temple in Ikegami, including other temples and the Ikegami Baien (Plum Garden).

Ikegami Honmonji Temple was erected in the place where Nichiren passed away. Also, before Nichiren passed away from this earth, it is known that he bathed his feet in the Senzokuike Pond. Therefore, a visit to Senzokuike Pond and the holy Buddhist temple in Ikegami blends naturally in the spiritual sense.

Nichiren said, “More valuable than treasures in a storehouse are the treasures of the body. The most valuable of all are the treasures of the heart.”

Overall, the holy Honmonji Temple and the surrounding area is a treasure to behold based on the spiritual connection with Nichiren Buddhism. Hence, a lovely place to visit and to refresh the soul – while enjoying architecture and nature if you combine Ikegami and Senzokuike Pond. – Exiled Buddhist Cleric Nichiren in the Snow by Sawako Utsumi at



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