Chingo-dō

sights / Religious

Chingo-dō information

Location
Tokyo , Japan
Address
2-3-1 Asakusa
Taitō-ku
Getting there
Subway: Ginza line to Asakusa, exit 1
Opening hours
6am-5pm
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This small, peaceful temple is actually part of Sensō-ji but has a separate entrance on Dembō-in-dōri. It pays tribute to the tanuki (racoon-like folkloric characters), who figure in Japanese myth as mystical shape-shifters and merry pranksters. They are also said to protect against fire and theft, which is why you'll often see tanuki figurines in front of restaurants.