After stopping at the Bunkyo Civic Center and the LaQua Entertainment Park, my friend who was my guide for the day, took me to the Zozo-ji temple in Diamon. I had a desire to see the Tokyo Tower and even though I had seen it from the shuttle bus as I rode from the airport to the Airbnb where I had booked my stay in Tokyo, I wanted to get a picture of the tower and really see it up close. My friend who is a native of Tokyo, thought it was best for me to view it from the Zozoji Temple as I would also be able to visit this historic temple.
Zozoji temple is the head Buddhist temple for the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism. Most of the temple’s buildings have been recently constructed except the main entrance gate called the Sangedatsumon, that was built in 1622 A.D. and has survived many natural calamities and wars. You can also see the monks as they come out at 5 p.m. to perform the daily rituals. There is also a museum located in the basement of the temple that includes a video about the mausoleum's construction and a detailed 1:10 scale model of the former buildings. You can have good views of the Tokyo Tower from the temple.
The temple is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and entry is free, whereas the museum is open on six days of the week (closed on Tuesdays except national holidays) from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (last entry 3:45 p.m.) and admission is charged.
The closest subway stations are Onarimon or Shibakoen Station on the Mita Subway Line and Daimon Station on the Oedo Subway Line.