TokyoStreetView: Tokyo Yanaka Cemetery (4K VIDEO)
From the Editor:
On the tech side of our original video coverage, there's nothing better than the IREX international robotics trade show, or if cars are your thing, the DRiFTWiRED music video shot in the mountains of Tochigi is one of a kind, but we also share more contemplative, day to day slices of Japanese life. In the vein of the latter, we hope you enjoy this beautiful 4K collection (don't forget to dial up the YouTube resolution!).
If you are looking for somewhere “different” to visit in Tokyo, we would highly recommend Yanaka, a Tokyo neighborhood truly frozen in time. It’s a place that, at least for us foreigners, could be a bit weird.
See, Yanaka is primarily famous for its vast cemetery where people come not only to pay respects to their ancestors and loved ones, but also to stroll about and let the kids enjoy a bit of fun at one of the playgrounds! Yep you read that correctly: Yanaka cemetery hosts a few playgrounds for kids.
You would imagine that such a vast cemetary might also have a few temples worth visiting, and you would be right! One of our favorite and one of the oldest temples, and also featured in the video below, is the Tennoji (or Ten-noji), with its breathtaking copper figure of a seated Buddha. The statue was created in 1690 by Ota Kyuemon, who lived in Kanda Nabecho.
And if it’s temples you like, here is a list of others places worth checking out:
- Nezu Shrine 根津神社 (TokyoStreetView Episode 18)
- Jomyoin Temple 浄名院
- Gokokuin Temple 護国院
- Daienji 大円寺 Zenshouan
Lastly, we should point out that Yanaka is not limited to the famous cemetery and temples, it's also full of nice little restaurants and very typical old fashioned Japanese streets perfect for wandering around.
From the Contributor:
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