The main hall looked beautiful in the winter sunshine (Photo: Cathy Cawood)


Small temple tucked away in downtown Machida

Cathy Cawood   - 1 min read

You could easily walk past the entrance to this attractive temple without even noticing - it seems to be just another alley off a busy shopping street in downtown Machida. However if you would like a quiet peaceful spot to take a rest, Joun-ji is waiting for you. The pretty main hall has my favorite carved shishi (a Japanese mythological creature with protective powers). He is holding a peony stem in his mouth. There is also a beautiful carved phoenix with wings outstretched, and four carved panels depicting birds and flowers. The garden is pleasant even in winter, and must be lovely in the other three seasons too.

Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page ha...