A tour of the hidden temples and shrines in a residential area
If you are a lover of temples and shrines, you will no doubt enjoy this tour packed with historic sites to visit. Funabashi is an area packed with temples and shrines. Every temple and shrine has its own unique characteristics, and there is not one location that resembles another. The abundant number of temples and shrines were built to match the population of the capital city, but as Funabashi is a little far from central Tokyo, the area is not often visited by tourists. Whether you love visting temples and shrines or not, discover Funabashi, only half an hour away from the hustle and bustle of central Tokyo, to enjoy this special tour put together by otomo!
・Get some great cultural experiences in the temples and shrines, only a small walk away from the station.
・Go on a mini pilgrimage, visiting 88 mini temples in five minutes, and experience an unusual way of praying.
・In one of the temples, there are two bells of different sizes, and you can ring the smaller one.
・Take home a special note as a souvenir of your trip.
・Visit the unique temples and shrines in Funabashi where you can see historic stone buddhas, cute jizo statues, vibrant red lanterns, a votive candle stand, a colorful historic building, a sumo ring, a wood carving of a mythical animal, and much more.
・Book this unique tour to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with otomo!
・Toshogu: The cultural heritage, Toshogu, is the smallest shrine dedicated to Ieyasu Tokugawa in Japan. You can see the Wise Three Monkeys here too!
・Ebigawa Bridge: On the handrails of the 13 bridges that were build over the Ebi River, are reliefs that symbolise Funabashi.
・Funabashi Shrine: Visit the shrine with a history of over 1900 years. Climb to the top of the stairs to visit the historic world of Funabashi Shrine.
・Saifukuji Temple: Go on a mini pilgrimage and visit 88 temples in five minutes..! You can also ring the temple bell at this temple.
・Ryogenji Temple: There is a legend that there used to be a turtle who listened to Buddhist Sutras in this temple. You will also see an enormous bell that was once used to notify Funabashi City of the time of the day.
・Tokoji Temple: Visit its magnificent building and old stone buddha.
・Enzoin: The vibrant red lantern that hangs from the temple gate is the symbol of this temple.
・Kakuoji: It is good luck to cover yourself in smoke at this temple.
・Fudoin: Experience an unusual tradition at this temple, where you stick rice to the mouth of a jizo statue.
・Saishoin: At this up-to-date temple, you can download the special stamp of the temple to your smart phone.
・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat whenever and wherever you like.
In front of the Central Ticket Gate at the JR line, Funabashi Station *Note that this is not Keisei Funabashi Station