Tokyo's Zojo-ji Temple in Spring

With the majestic Tokyo Tower always in the background

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

I like to go back to my favorite temples a few times a year so that I can enjoy how they change with the seasons. Zojo-ji is one of them. The obvious draw in late winter and early spring are the plum (ume) and cherry (sakura) blossoms. Combine that with its easy access (four different train lines stop near the temple), the hauntingly beautiful jizo statues, the Buddhist chants spilling over into the grounds from the temple, and the ever-present, ever-majestic Tokyo Tower towering overhead, and you have one of the most interesting temples in the city.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: