Jindaiji and Jindai botanical gardens

Since the foundation in 733, Jindaiji Temple has been one of the popular attractions in Tokyo. Visiting a temple to pray, viewing gardens there, and eating local food at the teahouse, has been a series of recreation over hundreds of years, and Jindaiji still attracts people in this way.

Also, what differs Jindaiji Temple from other temples in Tokyo, is that Jindaiji temple is located in a wooded area, abundant with spring water. It is hard to believe that the area is within commuting distance from Shinjuku in the heart of Tokyo.

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Jindaiji temple

To reach Jindaiji temple, you are to take a bus from one of the nearby stations, Tsutsuji-gaoka Station, Kichijoji Station, or Mitaka Station. The bus goes through residential streets and heads for the wooded area, would be a 20 to 30 min ride.

Getting off at the bus stop “Jindaiji”, you will see an approach leading to Jindaiji temple. Streets around the temple are lined with old shops and teahouses, and most people come to see this unchanged scene in a natural setting.

You will see many Soba noodle shops on the streets as Soba noodle is speciality of Jindaiji. Remember Jindaiji is abundant with spring water. Zaru or dipping cooled noodles with Soba soup is the popular eating style at Jindaiji.


Jindai Botanical Gardens

At the back of Jindaiji temple, there is the large park Jindai Botanical Gardens operated by Tokyo metropolitan government, another attraction in the Jindaiji area. Seasonal flower festivals, including rose festivals in May and October, are held in the park. Jindai Botanical Gardens are divided into 3 zones, and an admission fee is required to enter the main zone where flower festivals are held.

Since most visitors who visit the flower festival also visit Jindaiji Temple, or vice versa, it will be so crowded during the festival, especially on weekends. If you plan to visit both the temple and the botanical gardens, it is recommended to visit early in the morning*, so you can enjoy lunch peacefully before all the soba restaurants get busy at noon. The slope and starts behind Jindaiji temple lead to the entrance “Jindaiji Gate” where visitors can buy entrance tickets there. Since the ticket is good for one day, your are allowed to reenter after enjoying lunch at a Soba shop nearby.

*Jindai Botanical Gardens open at 9:30AM and close at 5:00PM (by 4:00PM for admission).

Special Free Admission Days
The parks operated by Tokyo metropolitan government offer free admission on Green day (Midori-no-hi on May 4) and Tokyo citizens day (Tomin-no-hi on October 1). On these special days, free admission is available to anyone visiting the main zone of Jindai Botanical Gardens.


Getting to Jindaiji temple

By Train and Bus from Shinjuku 新宿 - 3 options

(1) By way of Tsutsujigaoka station つつじヶ丘北口 (The cheapest way in the 3 options)
Take Keio-sen Line from Shinjuku station, and get off at Tsutsujigaoka Station (21-min ride). From Tsutsujigaoka Station (North Exit), take a bus bound for Jindaiji 深大寺 and get off at Jindaiji(18-min ride)

Keio Bus Timetable (From Tsutsujigaoka Kitaguchi (North exit) to Jindaiji)

(2) By way of Kichijoji station 吉祥寺駅
Take JR Line from Shinjuku station, and get off at Kichijoji Station (15 or 20-min ride). From Kichijoji Station (Bus stop No.6), take a bus bound for Jindaiji 深大寺 and get off at Jindaiji (30-min ride)

Odakyu Bus Timetable (From Kichijoji to Jindaiji)
http://www.odakyubus.co.jp/regular/timetable/stop-27/dia-41-0/

(3) By way of Mitaka station 三鷹駅
Take JR Line from Shinjuku station, and get off at Kichijoji Station (17 or 23-min ride). From Mitaka Station (South Exit Bus stop No.3), take a bus bound for Jindaiji 深大寺 and get off at Jindaiji (27-min ride)

Odakyu Bus Timetable (From Mitaka South Exit to Jindaiji)
http://www.odakyubus.co.jp/regular/timetable/stop-148/dia-124-0/

How to get to Jindai Botanical Gardens
If you visit only the flower festival, get off at the bus stop Jindai-shokubutsu-koen-mae 神代植物公園前 or Jindai-shokubutsu-koen 神代植物公園, that is one bus stop before Jindaiji.

Google Maps | Jindaiji https://goo.gl/maps/tFNZL

Related Information

Jindaiji Temple

http://www.jindaiji.or.jp/(Japanese website)

Jindai Botanical Gardens

http://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/english/park/detail_03.html#jindaibotanical
http://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.jp/kouen/kouenannai/park/english/jindai.pdf

Keio-sen Line
http://www.keio.co.jp/english/

Keio Bus Service (Japanese)
http://www.keio-bus.com/bus/

Odakyu Bus Service (Japanese)
http://www.odakyubus.co.jp/regular/

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