Mantoku-In Temple

Mantoku-In Temple, resting place of sumo giants, Koto ward, Tokyo.

Mantoku-in Temple is renowned for the number of famous sumo wrestlers interred there. The temple itself is very missable, being of little architectural merit and crammed between adjacent commercial and residential properties, with no grounds just a small concrete forecourt – and no greenery whatsoever. Of sumo interest is the cemetery behind it. Access is down the left hand side of the temple building.

However, unless you live and breathe sumo, or are feverishly excited by graveyards, there is little here to charm or fascinate. The gravestones are, of course, all inscribed in Japanese and even Japanese visitors come equipped with guidebooks to navigate their way around the confined, walled space to the surprisingly compact resting places of their huge and long-gone heroes.


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