sights / Religious

Sengaku-ji information

Tokyo , Japan
2-11-1 Takanawa
Getting there
Subway: Asakusa line to Sengaku-ji, exit A2
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Opening hours
7am-6pm Apr-Sep, to 5pm Oct-Mar
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The story of the 47 rōnin (masterless samurai) who avenged their master, Lord Asano – put to death after being tricked into pulling a sword on a rival – is legend in Japan. They were condemned to commit seppuku (ritual disembowelment) and their remains were buried at this temple. It's a sombre place, with fresh incense rising from the tombs, placed there by visitors moved by the samurai's loyalty.

There is a small exhibition hall (admission adult/child ¥500/250) with artefacts and a video (available in English) that illustrate the story of the rōnin .