Let’s go to Shibatama on a sunny day! Things to look for at “Shibamata Taishakuten”

Shibamata is located in the Katsushika district in the east end of Tokyo. It’s easy to visit from the Tokyo and therefore many visitors come to Shibamata every day to see the old scenery that has remained since the end of World War II. According to old records, Shibamata Taishakuten has existed since the Bunka-Bunsei period (1809-1829). A guardian deity of Buddhism, “Taishakuten” is enshrined here.
One must see attraction here is “Jogyo Bosatsu.” It is believed that wiping the body of Jogyo Bosatsu cleans your sins and also cures disordered parts of your body if you wipe the same body part on the Bosatsu.



Another must see attraction is the sculptures that embody the anecdote of Lotus Sutra. There is a sculpture gallery in Taishakuten and people who visit are often amazed at the intricacies of the gorgeous sculptures. You have to pay an extra fee (400 yen for adults / 200 yen for children under 15), but it’s definitely worth the extra cost. Your extra fee also enables you to see the large garden and enjoy tea service there.





Of course, sweet treats! It’s also fun to enjoy some treats along the way.

There are many places where you can eat in or take out. A dumpling shop called, Toraya is especially famous in Shibamata. You can’t just go home without eating “Kusa-dango” or the mugwort-flavored rice dumpling here.



Toraya was the location for the making of a big hit Japanese film!

Among Japanese people, Shibamata is familiarly known as the hometown of “Tora-san,” the main character appearing in the popular movie, “Otoko wa tsurai yo” (It’s Tough Being a Man). The movie was broadcasted between 1969-1997 with 48 episodes including a special, final episode.



You can experience Japan through the move, “It’s Tough Being a Man.”

In the movie, Tora-san is a wondering traveler who doesn’t settle in his hometown Shibamata. The stories always begin with his dream, and he comes back to Shibamata to cause trouble. Each time he falls in love with some beautiful lady who breaks his heart. The more you see him, the more you can’t take your eyes off of him! Shibamata is a hub for him to travel around Japan, so watching the movie might be good guidance for your travel in Japan.






7-10-3 Shibamata Katsushika-ku, Tokyo

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