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My recommendation when visiting Tokyo: Johnny’s Temple

00:32 JST December 20, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Zenkokuji, the Johnny's temple (photo thanks to temple website)

Since I had a good response from the NEWS restaurant post I did a while back, I thought I’d try and do another one for fans visiting Tokyo 😀

Around Kagurazaka in central Tokyo lies 善国寺(Zenkoku-ji, Zenkoku Temple), sometimes also called the Johnny’s temple because of the large number of Johnny’s fans who come to pray for their favourite group’s success or simply pray they will get tickets to an upcoming concert.

The temple was first built in Nihonbashi Bakurocho in 1595 before numerous fire incidents lead it to be re-built in its current location around 1793.  Also well-known as 毘沙門天 (Bishamonten), the temple has been named as one of Shinjuku Yamanote’s 七福神 (shichi fukujin), or seven lucky gods in the Yamanote area of Shinjuku ward, Tokyo.

So although it is already a well-established power spot, people visiting the temple will notice a lot of 絵馬 (ema), small wooden plaques which people write their prayers or wishes on, have something written about Johnny’s on them.


Some people have said it has attracted fans because Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomiya’s 2007 drama “拝啓、父上様 (Haikei, Chichiue-sama)” was set in this area.

But not only are there a lot of ema plaques written by Arashi fans, there is also a large number of ema for other Johnny’s groups, wishing them success in a TV show or for an upcoming concert tour.

If you have time when you’re in Tokyo, this might be an interesting place to check out 🙂

Address: 5-36 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

How to get there:

7 min walk from JR Iidabashi station (west exit)

5 min walk from Tokyo Metro subway’s Yurakucho line and Nanboku line’s Iidabashi station (exit B3)

6 min walk from Tokyo Metro subway’s Tozai line Kagurazaka station (exit A1)

6 min walk from Toei Subway’s Oedo line Ushigome-kagurazaka station (exit A3)


Zenkoku Temple website (Japanese): www.kagurazaka-bishamonten.com/

More about Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Lucky Gods (Japanese): http://blog.shinjuku7fukujin.net/


Categories: Arashi, Momo yabbering, Travel
  1. joan
    00:51 JST December 20, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    for sure, fans will go crazy over this again once they know many johnny’s go & pray here ^^
    mind if I share this again? like what I’ve did on your restaurant report? ^^

    • 00:57 JST December 20, 2010 at 12:57 AM


      Go for it 😀

      Kagurazaka has a lot of nice places to eat as well XD

      Momo xoxo

      • joan
        19:47 JST December 20, 2010 at 7:47 PM

        thank you 🙂

        feel free to drop by at my LJ to read the comments since it’s rightfully yours. 🙂
        you know my username there right? but in case you forgot it’s tesshimassu 🙂

      • 23:32 JST December 20, 2010 at 11:32 PM


        Thanks joan! I do check your journal everyday, hehehe (that was in no way a scary laugh, i swear)
        Just not sure whether I’m allowed to comment or not!

        Thanks for coming by all the time

        Momo xoxo

  2. joan
    03:29 JST December 21, 2010 at 3:29 AM

    lol 😀
    don’t worry, i do the same *cough*stalks*cough* your blog too XD

    ehh?~ of course you’re allowed to leave a comment there ^^
    it would be nice if you could drop by there sometime 🙂

    you’re welcome ^^
    it’s my pleasure to always come by here since your posts are so helpful & not to say i’m enjoying talking with you ^^

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