Jomyoin Temple is an old temple that was once one of the 36 priests' residences of Kaneiji Temple, but now a temple in its own right, and noted for its 84,000 jizo; statues of the Bodhisattva guardian of children.
We finally made a trip there in 2011 because of Ru and her post on Yanaka Cemetery. We walked from Ueno Station, traipsed around Ueno Park, made a stop at the main hall of Kaneiji Temple before arriving to Jomyoin.
First sign that we were near and was heading to the correct place was this vending machine. I saw vending machines of omikuji before and now this. Just 500yen!
The main hall, I suppose? I wanted to enter but wasn't sure whether it's appropriate. There were not a single soul around for us to enquire.
Kinda set my camera too bright. Arrghhhhh...
A priest named Myoun who became a Chief Priest of Jomyoin in 1876 had faith in Jizo (guardian diety of children) and decided to erect 1,000 images of Jizo. After completing it, he decided to continue and went for 84,000 Jizo! Ambitious.
Though can someone enlighten me on why the final amount was 84,000?
Maybe it was me but I feel like I need to be very respectful and was walking around quietly. It was just images of Jizo there but I felt melancholic walking around. Jizo has that effect on me.
Zaini and Raimie were quite uninterested and was waiting somewhere near the hall while I walked around.
Had lunch there before boarding a train back to Ueno Station. While making our way to the train platform, we were asked for direction again by a nice, elderly Japanese couple. I think they were asking on which train to take to go to Yokohama or something.
I guess we looked like we know where we were going.
I got asked for directions again later that evening at Sensoji. This was our record. 3 lost Japanese asked directions from us in a single day.