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Homyoji Temple

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Hidden : 5/14/2014
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Homyoji Temple was consecrated in 810. It is a wonderful, quiet location, in busy Ikebukuro.
I highly recommend you take a walk through the temple grounds, and relax under the beautiful, and very old, cherry blossom trees!キャッシュを防水加工しました。もし必要あれば中身をご自由にどうぞ。

Homyoji Temple







The temple was first consecrated in 810, as an historic location for Shingon Buddhism, during the first year of Emperor Saga.
One of the prestigious priests converted to Nichiren Buddhism around 1312. The temple received special recognition from the third Tokugawa
Shogun, and from that point on received many alms from the shogunate.

The main hall was destroyed in the 1932 Great Kanto Earthquake. Then during the air raids of 1945, the entire temple was destroyed by fire.
The main hall was rebuilt in 1959, and the priests' living quarters in 1962.

The Main Gate and Bell Tower were restored in 1968 nearly to their original condition. The bell can be seen resting in dignity within the temple grounds.

During the temple's heyday back in the early part of this millennium, Homyoji was the head temple for 14 other temples.

Homyoji temple is connected to Kishibojin, directly down the street.
 (And there is another geocache down there, too!) If you walk under the cherry trees to the very end, and then keep walking straight you will find Kishibojin, as well a Japan's oldest candy store, and a HUGE, ancient ginkgo tree. This tree is the second oldest ginkgo in Japan and is designated as a protected treasure of the country.

Homyoji temple gates are not open 24 hours, however the temple can be visited from the side road. BUT, as there are security lights and sensors within the grounds, it is NOT recommended to visit when the gates are closed. As the cache is NOT located within the temple grounds proper, this is not a problem.

From the temple gate, you can walk under extremely old and beautiful cherry blossom trees. The scenery is very peaceful, and quite inviting. Many company people and students in the area eat their lunch in this area. It is highly recommended to visit.
During the cherry blossom season, this area is teeming with muggles so you will need to be extremely careful when searching for the cache.
Enjoy the Sakura trees and look at them carefully. They are fascinating.

The cache is NOT within the temple proper, and CAN be accessed 24/7.
The cache is small. Please bring a pen.

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