Although this temple is devoted to Fukurokuju, the first thing that catches your eye are two statues of Nio - protectors of the temple - that are not recognizable as such, because they are nearly completely pasted over with red paper. There is a reason for this. They are not newly arrived Nio, waiting to be unwrapped. In fact, they are known as the Red-Paper Nio. Believers who are sick or who have physical problems paste a strip of red paper on the Nio on the same spot that corresponds to their problem. Since this is of course a private matter there is no telling how many people have done this, but it is clear that a large number of people believe in their healing power.
Tokakuji is a pleasant temple, with a small garden at the back where you will find stone statues of the Seven Deities as well. It is a fitting goal for the Yanaka Tour.
Other temples and their deities in Yanaka:
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