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Ekoin Temple, Tokyo

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Contact: +81 33 634 7776
Open Hours: Dawn-dusk daily
This temple was built as a memorial to unknown victims of the great fire of 1657. It is associated with sumo, as bouts were held on the grounds here during the Edo period. Over the years the temple has become known for its memorial to missing pets and also for people who have died in various calamities. The nickname of Ekoin is "Rat Boy's Shrine," a reference to a legendary Japanese hero who helped the unfortunate and needy.