This hilltop temple complex, founded by famed Buddhist monk and teacher Nichiren, complex hides a host of important cultural buildings. The five-story pagoda is the oldest one in the Kanto Region and the stupa that holds the ashes of Nichiren is unique in Japan for its architectural design. In mid-October, the temple precincts come alive with the annual lantern festival (known as O-eshiki) that commemorates Nichiren’s dates. The highlight is a parade of massive mando, poles of cherry blossom-imprinted lanterns, that process from the nearby Ikegami station to the temple’s main hall.
Honmon-ji is a ten-minute walk from either Ikegami Station on the Tokyu Ikegami Line or Nishi-Magome Station on the Toei Asakusa Line.
1-1-1, Ikegami, Ōta-ku Tokyo