47 RONIN GRAVES

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Sen­gakuji Tem­ple is the rest­ing place of the fa­mous 47 Ronin or mas­ter­less samu­rai.

Their mas­ter Asano Naganori is also buried at the tem­ple, and it is here that the 47 Ronin brought the head of Kira Yoshi­naka, af­ter they had avenged their mas­ter’s death.

The ronin were buried here af­ter meet­ing the same fate as their mas­ter – death by self-in­flicted dis­em­bow­el­ment, or sep­puku.

Sen­gakuji Tem­ple is lo­cated in Mi­nato ward in Tokyo and is a ma­jor tem­ple of the Soto Zen sect of Bud­dhism.

En­try is free to the tem­ple grounds and the graves but there is a fee to visit the 47 Ronin-re­lated mu­seum.

The tem­ple is a 15-20 minute walk from Shi­na­gawa Sta­tion on the JR Ya­man­ote Line.

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