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Sogen-ji Temple (Kappa-dera)

Travel Guide - Sogen-ji Temple (Kappa-dera)


A legend, which is associated with Sogen-ji Temple and the Kappa-bashi Bridge near the temple, says Kappas that lived around here helped a merchant who put a lot of his own money into embankment works to prevent flooding in Edo (Tokyo) two hundreds years ago (Kappa is a imaginary creature or cryptid appears in Japanese folklore). Because of the legend, Sogen-ji is commonly referred to as “Kappa-dera”, and this temple is believed to be auspicious for business success and averting disasters, particularly among merchants whose work is related to water. Sometimes you will find cucumbers, which are Kappa's favorite food, offered in the temple grounds.
On the ceiling of the Kappa-no-odo Hall, there are pictures of Kappa drawn by cartoonists including Osamu Tezuka. There is also a mummy of Kappa's arm enshrined inside the hall.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Open 24 hours


  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Admission Free

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 10 minutes walk from Asakusa Station on the Tsukuba Express (03)
  • 12 minutes walk from Iriya Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H18)
  • 12 minutes walk from Inaricho Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G17)

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 3-7-2, Matsugaya, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0036


Historical Events @hisdates - 2020-07-27
July - 27, 1280 - On this day in history sogen Mugaku, founder of Engakuji temple arrives ... https://t.co/Kx3V0wCqKh #kids #reference
Joe @ImmortanJo3 - 2020-07-19
@SuckerPunchProd Loving the game - but I think I've found a really wicked bug - not sure how to keep playing here.… https://t.co/Y52EKu29oE
Green Apple Books @GreenAppleBooks - 2020-03-06
Next Thursday at 7pm, a discussion of Omori Sogen's 'Introduction to Zen Training.' We will be joined by Michael… https://t.co/wvzmekOGju
masakudamatsu @masakudamatsu - 2019-11-19
Kyoto's season of red maple leaves has started. Tenryu-ji Temple's Sogen Pond Garden (天龍寺曹源池庭園) opens its gate at 7… https://t.co/oTPmUfMK62
l'hommelette @lhommielette - 2018-11-27
Reading Foucault's funny interview with Zen monk Omori Sogen at the temple of Seionji, when he was in Japan in 1978… https://t.co/4tXyDwzSGV
Escargot 39 @39Escargot - 2018-11-04
…early autumn colored…Kyoto…

Good night…
Sleep tight…

'Sogen pond'
and,Tenryu-Ji Temple garden.
…The world… https://t.co/Q7sCAgNLoy
Xoli Xaba @xoli404 - 2018-07-27
ON THIS DAY in 1280 - Mugaku Sogen, AKA Bukko Kukoshi [Sep 3, 1226 - Sep 22, 1286], founder of Engakuji temple and… https://t.co/a4u4jQnPZ0
Escargot 39 @39Escargot - 2018-06-12
Color photo with my smartphone
~Photo editing~Black&White~

Sogen Garden…Tenryuji Temple…

photo byme… https://t.co/u1ScLN5AfX
Broo @OiBroo - 2018-03-04
@nostoppingepoch Impact theme or the endgame temple for me. But there's so many ringtone worthy tracks. Especially… https://t.co/VKnxVfoj6i
KCP International @KCPJapanese - 2018-02-05
Kappa are aquatic goblins, also known as kawatarō (川太郎), komahiki (駒引 or horse puller), in traditional #Japanese le… https://t.co/GDb6l8rVkk
Carnaby Snaps @carnabysnaps - 2018-01-23
New artwork for sale! - 'Looking out onto the autumn colors of Sogen Garden, Tenryu ji Temple, Arashiyama, Kyoto, J… https://t.co/KHYemoHYxi
そーげん @sogen_R0 - 2018-01-13
She's in a Temple!!
Cristina Moon @cmoon - 2017-12-24
Advice from perhaps the last samurai in Japan, Omori Sogen. I head to chozenjihawaii, the temple… https://t.co/stCD224cyW
Terry Daniels @makarios07 - 2017-07-28
Historical Events

1280 - Sogen Mugaku, founder of Engakuji temple, arrives in Japan from China1924 - 8th Olympic games closes in Paris1937…
Deb Art @UsLadies - 2017-07-27
Today in History for 27th July 2017: Historical Events 1280 - Sogen Mugaku, founder of Engakuji temple, arrives in… https://t.co/2tSQszFdHo
Xoli Xaba @xoli404 - 2017-07-27
ON THIS DAY in 1280 - Mugaku Sogen [Sep 3, 1226 - Sep 22, 1286], Zen Buddhist monk, founder of Engakuji temple arri… https://t.co/hcATuQ6p2q
TokyoBetushitenGuide @betsushiten - 2017-05-20
#asakusa “Sogen ji(曹源寺)” features Kappa. There are many Kappa-shaped objects in the premise. Cucumbers are offered.… https://t.co/W2eQn9T1EW
Summer Sky @boundfortwo - 2017-05-04
700 years old Sogen Pond Japanese Garden at Tenryu-ji temple, listed as UNESCO World Heritage… https://t.co/iFoXeAuQbB
JapanUpdate Okinawa @japanupdate - 2017-04-08
OkiNews!! Naha’s old Sogen-ji temple also found defaced

Okinawanderer @okinawanderer - 2017-04-08
OkiNews!! Naha’s old Sogen-ji temple also found defaced

Christine Fernandez @Doc_ChristineF - 2017-03-13
In our backyard! LOL

Sogen Pond of Tenryuji Temple.
#kyoto #japan
#SogenPond… https://t.co/etQxCJHOBI
jun-ichi takeda @takejun1 - 2017-01-01
In April 1978, Foucault traveled to Japan, where he studied Zen Buddhism under Omori Sogen at the Seionji temple in… https://t.co/8ESUNW84DB
tjiowardrobe @tjiowardrobe - 2016-07-13
#Repost @dmeliza with repostapp
Sogen garden #garden #nature #bestview #japangarden #temple… https://t.co/v1ZBk6ovsl
Shruti Singhal @shrew1804 - 2016-05-19
Sogen Pond Japanese Garden at the Tenyruji Temple Complex, a world heritage site.

Laid out… https://t.co/2vdjNi1bEX
yidilian @yidilian - 2016-03-21
Japan PIC: Sogen - Elios.k posted a photo: The landscape garden behind the Hojo of the Tenryuji temple was desi... https://t.co/sRZExN6tTV
robert soza @RsozaSoza - 2015-06-08
Mugaku Sogen established this temple in the 1280s. One of the most influential Buddhist Teachers in Japan's history. http://t.co/QCB4SJuPeL
Dani and Dan @DaniandDan - 2015-01-29
Exploring Sogen Garden at Tenryu-ji Temple with @danianddan...
#Kyoto #TemplesEverywhere #Freezing… http://t.co/stlnvXiYoS


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