With the formal name “Kasumigaseki-zan Honkaku-in Taiso-ji,” this temple of Jodo Buddhism used to be a small place called “Taiso-an,” established by a priest called Taiso, which goes back to around 1596. In 1629, Naito Masakatsu, the 5th lord of the Naito Family died and was interred in Taiso-ji Temple, and afterwards the temple became the Naito Family’s temple.
Since this temple was located in Naito Shinjuku, one of the major Edo period shukuba (post stations), many people visited it for prayer offerings and the surrounding area developed. After the Meiji period (1868-1912), the temple grounds continued to be maintained along with the development of Shinjuku; however, fires caused by the bombing of Tokyo in 1945 severely damaged the temple.
The temple precincts serve as one of the “Shinjuku mini-museums,” showcasing “Dozo jizo bosatsu zazo (bronze statue of sitting Kṣitigarbha)”; one of the six Edo jizo statues, the “Emma-zo” statue; “Datsueba-zo” statue; “Naito Family Cemetery”; “Kirishitan-toro (Christian stone lantern)”; and “Excavated artifacts from the Naito Family Cemetery.”
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