D35: Jindaiji

After a rainy weekend, Tuesday was lovely and warm.  In the afternoon, Don and I went to Jindaiji, the second oldest temple in Tokyo (Sensoji is the oldest temple). Even better, Jindaiji is just a short bus ride away from our home.

The “omotesando,” or road leading to the temple, is lined with old-fashioned looking soba noodle shops (this temple is known for having excellent soba, apparently) and the requisite temple souvenir stands.  This temple had quite a sprawling complex, and every turn presented us with more options of things to do and see.

Some of the highlights:

A bonsai tree exhibition, a Buddha statue flanked by dozens of pinwheels, several temple cat monks (well, not really, but these cats seem to have the Zen zazen thing down!), plenty of koi, and a stunning late October sky.

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