Shrine and Temple are best options when you want to feel a nature in a city in Japan. You can touch traditions and in many cases can also enjoy foods and buy nice and cute souvenirs.
And in Tokyo, Jindaiji, a 1300 years old temple which was established in 733 is good for sight seeing. This temple is in Chofu city and you can visit there from Shinjuku station by train and bus in 45 minutes.
In this article I’m going to introduce its attractiveness through the basic procedure of visiting temple. Many things are not introduced, so please try to find yourself if you are interested and visit Jindaiji.
First of all, let’s make a worship and say hello to the temple. The procedure is a bit a different from the one for shrine, but not so difficult. And actually you don’t need to be so serious to perfectly follow the procedure. So please don’t worry.
For the procedure for shrine, please check “Hatsumode. How to Do a New Year’s Visit to a Shrine”.
Entering into the Precincts
Make a bow to the temple when you enter into the area through the gate (actually not so many people are doing this, though). And do it again when you go out after the worship.
Washing Hands and Mouth
Next you come to Chozu-ya; washing place to wash your hands and mouth. Washing procedure is the same as the one for shrine. Please check “Hatsumode. How to Do a New Year’s Visit to a Shrine”.
Washing Your Spirit
If the temple has Koukaku; a big incense burner like the one of Jindaiji shown on the picture, expose yourself to the smoke. This is to purify your spirit, and it’s also said that the smoke is good to cure the sick or hurt part of your body when you expose that part.
Now you came to the front of the main hall of the temple. Not like the worship for shrine, we don’t clap our hands.
- Make a bow one time
- Throw a coin into the saisen bako (A big box for coins)
- Ring a bell if hung.
- Put your palms together (not crapping), close your eyes, and make a wish
- Bow one more time and leave the place
Omikuji, A Paper Fortune
Many Japanese look forward to draw a paper fortune when visiting temple or shrine. Omikuji at Jindaiji has the English explanation on its backside.
If the result of Omikuji was not good or if you have a wish, you may buy an amulet or a lucky charm. In Jindaiji, each charm had an explanation in English so you can find the most suitable one for your wish. It’s also good as a present for your family and friends.
People also visit temples to refresh themselves by walking through the rich nature, breathing fresh and sacred air, and enjoying beautiful scenes changing season by season.
We visited Jindaiji this time at late autumn. At the time Momiji (Japanese maple) leaves were colored in crimson all around the temple territory which was amazingly beautiful.
And, Enjoy Food
Another amusement, which should be the top prior purpose of most of you, is food.
There are many shops and restaurants alongside the streets in Jindaiji temple. Since this place is well known with Soba noodle every shop is selling something related with soba like “Soba bread” and “Soba burger”. Your can also enjoy sweats on the street.
And at the end, I recommend to enter a restaurant to enjoy the noodle. I ordered Yamakake soba and my wife took tempura as she’s allergic to it. For such people, noodle can be changed to Udon, as well.
Details about Jindaiji
Japanese and English (Not checked if they speak, but at least English explanations are put.)
9:00 to 17:00
- One minute walk from “Jindaiji” bus stop.
- For details, please check the official web site in below URL.