Filled with little details of interest that belie its status and size, the temples and shrines of Kodaira City offer a fascinating mix of history and culture. From famous artists to flaming deities, there is much to appreciate. Here is an introduction to some of the temples and shrines of Kodaira and how to reach them.
Final resting place for acclaimed Edo-period ukiyo-e painter, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Daisenji Temple is a late 16th century Nichiren Buddhist temple. Relocated from what is now Chuo City Ward, the temple features a lovely wisteria garden as part of its surrounds. The solid white temple reflects the solemnity of its attendant cemetery.
A 9-minute no.51 or 56 bus ride from Kokubunji Station on the JR Chuo Line.
A solid bell tower is not the only feature to be found at Enmeiji Temple. The kouro incense burner is a stylish piece of work while the jizo statues offer all manner of features and expressions. Another feature, unique, is the stone lantern with inscriptions that was sent to the temple upon the passing of the Tokugawa shogun, Ienobu.
A 16-minute walk from Kodaira Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.
A relatively recent construction it may be but the flaming red of the Fudo-myo statue of Senzoin Temple really sets up a stunning image. The temple is also home to row upon row of jizo statues, and come the blooming season, a beautiful display of ume plum and sakura cherry blossoms.
A 19-minute walk from Kodaira Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.
Originally built in the 17th century, the very local Shosenji Temple features a beautifully maintained garden. The garden is home to many traditional landscaping elements including ponds, stones, statues and moss. The temple also features a two-storied niomon entrance gate, while its two nio guardians and bell tower are definite points of interest.
An 18-minute walk from Higashiyamatoshi Station on the Seibu Hajima Line.