Regarded as a celebrated Buddhist temple of the esoteric Shingon sect, Fukagawa Fudo-do is an active shrine where people visit to pray for unusual requests such as blessings of material items and road safety. The temple dates to the area since the 18th century, so it's also retains great historic significance. Although the original temple was destroyed during WWII, the new incarnation used wood from another destroyed temple from the 19th century. The interior of the temple is quite lavish with carvings and ornate architectural details. The temple becomes quite busy during its daily fire rituals, known as Goma purification. The ritual is held five times each day, with Sutra are chanted with backing Taiko drums while a fire is raised in the main altar as an offering. After the ceremony, bags and other material possessions are passed down to be blessed, as well as a car park full of vehicles wishing to be blessed for increased traffic safety (not a bad idea in a city as busy as Tokyo). If you're in the area, this is an eye-catching cultural attraction to check out.
An enormous 40-foot-high torii gate greets you at the entrance of the 200-acre park. Created from... Read more