Komyoji Temple in Ueno

An intimate home to Buddhist statues

By Peter Sidell    - 1 min read

Close to Inaricho subway station between Ueno and Asakusa, Komyoji is an intimate Buddhist temple, worth popping into for a few minutes if you're in the area to take in the restful atmosphere.

The hall doesn't hold much interest, but the graveyard and small garden are home to a lot of Buddhist statues, some new, some very, very old. Many of them are variously worn, weathered, damaged or grown with lichens, really giving a sense of just how long they've been in this same spot.

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Peter Sidell

Peter Sidell @peter.sidell

I came to Japan from Manchester, England in 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I'm not working, I write satire and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check YouTube for a taste.