Tsukiji Honganji is a Buddhist temple located near Tsukiji station in Tokyo that offers a unique blend of traditional and modern practices. The temple is not your typical place of worship, as it features live music sessions, a café that serves delicious food, and various online courses. The Chief Priest of the temple is a former business consultant who remodeled Tsukiji Honganji using his business perspective.
One of the biggest highlights at the temple is the Tsumugi Café, which serves a delicious “18 Dish Breakfast” that consists of 16 small dishes, rice, and miso soup. Many of the dishes are vegetarian-friendly, although some contain seafood and meat. The reason for 18 dishes is tied to the Infinite Life Sutra, which has a 48 Vows Series made by Amitabha. The 18th Vow, which focuses on the phrase “(I’ll) definitely won’t abandon you” is coincidentally named Hongan, and the temple’s name is also Honganji (even though the spelling is different).
Another must-try at Tsumugi café is their hoji-cha montblanc (tea cake). The cake is so light and delicious that I went back to the café on the last day of my stay in Tokyo the last time I visited Japan.
Tsukiji Honganji is a unique and modern temple that offers a refreshing take on Buddhism. Whether you are a local or a tourist, it is definitely worth a visit to experience the modern-style temple.