Sengaku-ji Temple


Museums & Attractions



The most interesting thing about this temple is its connection with one of Japan’s most famous stories – that of the 47 samurai attached to Lord Ako. After he drew his sword on a rival, Kira Yoshinaka, in Edo Castle, Ako was ordered to commit seppuku (death by ritual disembowelment). He was buried here. His 47 loyal followers then became ronin, or samurai without a master, bent on avenging his death. They killed Kira and were then themselves permitted to die in the same manner as their master, and to be buried close to him, also at Sengaku-ji. Their tombs are at the top of a flight of steps. Follow the smoke trails from the incense left by well-wishers.

Tokyo City Guide (Edition 5)


2-11-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku

Transport Sengakuji Station (Asakusa line), exit A2

Telephone 03 3441 5560

Open Temple Apr-Sep 7am-6pm daily, Oct-Mar 7am-5pm daily; museum 9am-4pm daily

Admission Free


Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.

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