West Tokyo > Chofu > Jindai-ji Motomachi > Jindai-ji Temple
Built in 733, Jindai-ji is in fact the oldest temple in Tokyo after Senso-ji in Asakusa. The temple’s name comes from the water god Jinja Daio to whom the father of the Jindai-ji’s founder is said to have prayed to be with the woman he loved—she had been confined to an island by her parents who disapproved of the union. Shortly after praying, the tale goes, a turtle appeared out of nowhere and transported him on its back to the island so that they could be together again. The parents, upon hearing of this miracle, reconsidered their stance and eventually gave their blessing to the couple. The child which would be born from their marriage would later build the temple in honor of Jinja Daio.
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Access is either from Chofu Station (15 minutes from Shinjuku on the Rapid or Semi-Rapid service of the Keio Line) or Mitaka Station on the Chuo Line or Sobu Line. You will need to take a bus or taxi from either station.
From Chofu Station. Exit the station via the North Exit. From bus stop 14 take the no. 34 bus heading to Jindai-ji and alight at the last stop (Jindai-ji). Otherwise take the no. 14 bus heading to Kichijoji Station and alight at Jindai-ji Shogakko-mae, from where Jindai-ji Temple is a 5-minute walk.
From Mitaka Station. Exit the station via the South Exit From bus stop 3 take bus no. 65 heading to Jindai-ji and alight at the last stop (Jindai-ji), from where Jindai-ji Temple is a 3-minute walk.