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Denbo-in Teien (Denbo-in Teien Garden)

National Place of Scenic Beauty
Designated on September 21, 2011
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Walking on Nakamise Street to Hozo-mon Gate and crossing Denbo-in-dori Street, you can find a solemn front gate at the secluded place from the left. Going through the front gate, you arrive at Denbo-in Temple which is the office of Senso-ji Temple and also the residence for head priest for generations. The garden covering the greater part of Denbo-in Temple is separated from the bustle of tourists, and a calm air is blowing among the garden. Here is one of the few temple gardens from the Edo period in Tokyo.

This garden is estimated to be originally landscaped in the Middle Ages. Old drawings and the style of landscape show that the present allocation of space arranging ponds on the north and west side of buildings is unchanged from the early Edo period.

Looking at the west pond from Ojoin (large drawing room) facing the garden, you see a large artificial hill on the left, the stone arrangement which represents a three-step dry fall from the top of the hill and the sandy beach which represents the water surface. Turning your eyes to the center, an undulating shore in islands spreads out.

Strolling around the pond and standing on the island on the opposite side of Ojoin, you can see a full view of the fivestoried pagoda through the sandy beach arranging stepping-stones and Ojoin. Viewing the north shore which is gently undulating in contrast to the west, it is better to see standing on the stone bridge across a stream joining each pond.

Denbo-in Teien was a secret garden as even the daimyo were not easily allowed to visit, because Denbo-in Temple was used as Gozen-sho (the place Tokugawa shoguns took a meal or rest) when they came. However, when the precinct of Senso-ji Temple was designated as a public park in 1873, this garden had been open to the public by Tokyo from 1930 to the outbreak of the Pacific War. At present, here is open to the public for a certaion period by Senso-ji Temple. This garden hands down the atmosphere of the Edo period to now, which was mostly lost from Asakusa in the Great Kanto Earthquakes and the Pacific War.

Opening Information of the Denbo-in Teien Garden

Usually not open to the public