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Tourism in Saitama: the Heirinji Buddhist temple near Tokyo

Tourism in Saitama: the Heirinji Buddhist temple near Tokyo

Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Time

The charming Heirinji Buddhist Complex (Heirin-ji) is a great place to visit in Saitama Prefecture. Therefore, many people visit Heirinji Rinzai Buddhist Temple from Saitama, Tokyo (only 35/45 minutes by train and bus from Ikebukuro)and further.

This charming Buddhist complex allows visitors to enjoy the forested area where nature and the religiosity of Buddhism naturally intertwine. A fascinating ancient cemetery also merges with the wooded area and the entire Buddhist complex. It’s about the old stone masonry, religious statues and words that collectively create a sense of inner spirituality when you visit.

Buddha said, “Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are, it only depends on what you think.”

The Heirinji Rinzai Buddhist Temple offers a sense of the distant past, a spiritual now, and a future that remains in the hands of every visitor. Indeed, even for the most secular visitor – or someone who is a million miles away from any religion – people can’t help but feel something special.

In a previous article it was said, “Heirinji is a living Buddhist temple that still teaches monks. So sometimes you see Buddhist monks working and maintaining the vast grounds of Heirinji. Likewise, the entire Buddhist complex is well maintained in terms of architecture, nature, religious angle, and upkeep of the cemetery area.

The historical and religious connection dates back hundreds of years. Also, the life angle of the taught Buddhist monks is a real treat. Therefore, a visit to Heirinji is spiritually uplifting and extremely rewarding – while the wooded area allows people to relax and contemplate, with birds chirping in the background. Therefore, whether people reside in Saitama, Tokyo or further afield, the richness of this Buddhist resort will refresh the soul and enlighten the mind.

http://www.heirinji.or.jp/index.html

TRAVEL INFORMATION – If you are traveling from Ikebukuro (Tokyo), the combined train and bus connection takes approximately 35-45 minutes. People can get off at Asakadai or Shiki stations on the Tobu Tojo train line and then take the respective bus. Of course, you have other connections via Niiza Station on the Musashino Line and either a bus or taxi (about 1,200-1,500 yen) to Heirinji.

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