After a hectic day in Tokyo, I decided to take a pause and meditate somewhere tranquil. After googling for a nearby temple, I found Chikineji Temple, an absolute treasure within a short walk from Itabashihoncho Station.
It was a mild winter day in January. When I walked into the compound of the temple, there was absolute silence. Chikineji temple is pure and well preserved. As soon as I walked in, I felt a tremendous amount of energy. I immediately recharged myself. I enjoyed my walking meditation up to the Buddha statue, which was standing behind the main temple. The birds were singing, bright red torii gates were welcoming, and the statue was calmly blessing the nature. I sat in front of the main temple and took some mindful breaths. One of those amazing experiences, which is hard to explain with plain words.
If my brief research and google translation are correct, some of the stones used in building Chikineji temple were donated from Tokugawa Ieyasu, one of the rulers of shogunate before the Meiji era. It is now designated as cultural heritage by Itabashi-ku of Tokyo metropolitan.
When I was walking out, I gave one more glance to the temple from the exit gate and took some photos. I felt as if the large naked cherry tree of the temple was telling me – hey man, come back again and let’s meet during the sakura (cherry blossom) season so that you can experience what more nature offers to you human.
Address: Chikineji Temple, 37-1 Yamatocho, Itabashi, Tokyo 173-0012, Japan