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[Explore Ginza - Must-visit Spots Ginza] Free Pipe Organ Concerts at Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple!

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

Tsukiji Hongwanji

This week's Explore Ginza pick is Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple, the only large Buddhist temple in the Ginza area. Located just a 5-minute walk east from Higashi Ginza Station along Matsuya Dori, Tsukiji Hongwanji offers a spacious square where various festivals are held on weekends, similar to the role of large churches in Europe. Although Tsukiji Hongwanji belongs to the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji sect of Buddhism, it is a tolerant sect, so everyone is free to enter and enjoy the temple. The temple grounds also feature a café restaurant, making it an ideal spot to take a break while shopping or dining in Ginza.

Unique Architectural Design by ITO Chuta

Tsukiji Hongwanji was designed by the architect ITO Chuta, and its unique design incorporates Indian styles. This temple allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in an exotic atmosphere. There are many architectural highlights for those interested in architecture, so be sure to pay a visit.

Lunchtime Concerts: Charm and Schedule

Tsukiji Hongwanji's main hall houses a pipe organ, and on the fourth Friday of every month, free lunchtime concerts are held. The next concert is scheduled for April 28th, starting at 12:10 pm. These concerts are very popular, so it is advisable to arrive at least 15 minutes early to secure a seat. Many people love this easy-to-enjoy music event in the heart of the city.

Online Streaming: Enjoy from Afar

Tsukiji Hongwanji's lunchtime concerts can be enjoyed by those living far away as well. Performances are streamed on YouTube for three days after the concert, allowing busy people and those living far away to enjoy the music at their leisure. Moreover, it's not live streaming, so you can watch it at your convenience.

Visiting Tsukiji Hongwanji is a great way to refresh and recharge amidst the hustle and bustle of Ginza. Enjoy a moment of relaxation in the beautiful architectural surroundings, take a break at the café restaurant, and immerse yourself in soothing music during the free lunchtime concerts. It's the perfect oasis in the Ginza area.

Tsukiji Hongwanji, featured in this week's Explore Ginza, is a popular public space in the Ginza area that is easily accessible to everyone. Be sure to add it to your list of favourite spots to relax and rejuvenate while shopping or dining. Stay tuned for the next Must-visit Spots Ginza!


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