What to Expect
You will visit the following spots with a guide.
1. Tomioka Hachimangu shrine
This shrine is dedicated to the god of battle, Yawata no Kami, who is said to grant any wishes. So, many people make offering, bow twice, clap hands twice, pray silently, then bow once at the end, in front of the vermilion main hall.
Visitors must see Japan’s best portable shrines decorated with gold, silver and diamonds, as well as a monument on which names of the Yokozuna or sumo champions throughout history are engraved.
2. Fukagawa Fudoson temple
This temple features a special Buddhist ritual called Goma purification ritual. Many monks perform the ritual using drums, fire, and chanting. People’s prayers are offered to the old statue called Fudomyoo or Immovable Wisdom King in front of the fire.
In side of the main hall, there are various displays of artistic Buddhist statues and paintings. They are so beautiful that you would feel in another world. If you like to see Buddhist art, this place is ideal.
3. Approach to the temple
Along the approach to the temple, there are many kinds of shops selling souvenirs, sake, kimono, and variety of Japanese food. You can have lunch here.
Then we will walk to the Kiyosumi Gardens.
4. Kiyosumi Gardens
This garden is one of popular Japanese gardens in Tokyo. It is a large strolling landscape garden featuring paths around ponds. Mounds of earth, rocks, and trees are placed around the ponds in order to create miniature reproductions of natural scenery. Colorful carp fish swim in the ponds, which introduce additional color and life to the garden.