Guide - See / Do - Araiyakushi Baishoin Temple

Araiyakushi Baishoin Temple

Feast your eyes on the biggest temple in Nakano Ward
Opening Hours Temple grounds always open; temple opens from 9am – 5pm

Famed for the beauty of its cherry blossoms, this temple was founded in 1586 and flourished alongside the Monzen Shopping Street. It is said that praying here can help heal your eye ailments and assist with raising children. Tea made from the trees used to make eye medicine is one of many popular souvenirs available. The well on the temple grounds is open to the public, allowing visitors to refresh both their mind and their body on the premises.

Transport 5-minute walk from the South Exit of Araiyakushi-mae Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line; 18-minute walk from the North Exit of Nakano Station on the JR Chuo Line
+81 3 3386 1355
5-3-5 Arai, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0026
165-0026 東京都中野区新井5-3-5

1. A standing stone at the entrance features the temple’s name in beautiful calligraphy.


2. The harmonious blending of stones and plants creates a serene space to ease your mind.


3. The traditional building style and classical statues give the temple a ‘retro’ air, full of gorgeous artistic details and authentic local flavour.


4. One of Japanese Buddhism's most beloved figures, Jizo is the special guardian of children, and statues are often adorned with red bibs and caps by parents seeking his protection.

5. Buy a wooden plaque and write down your wish to hang at the temple!

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