Bentendo Temple is a little temple in the middle of the Shinobazunoike Pond in Ueno Park in Tokyo, Japan. There’s a farmer’s market in front of the temple grounds.[adinserter name=”Block 2″]
The Bentendo Temple is dedicated to the Goddess of the Arts. It’s a fitting dedication since Ueno Park is filled with street performers and museums. The temple was built in the 17th century and a boat was needed to visit the temple. However, a stone bridge was built to ease the commute and it became a popular temple. In my opinion, it’s definitely a great idea cause I can’t swim.
The Bentendo Temple is one of the many landmarks in Ueno Park that could be seen. There are three temples/shrines in the park and Bentendo is my second favorite after Ueno Toshogu. It’s mainly because it’s in the middle of a pond and there’s a farmer’s market. However, it’s not like other farmer’s market selling organic foods. They sell fried chicken.
The temple is easily accessible by the subway. It’s a block or two from the Ueno Station; the Ueno station could be access with the Hibya, JR Yamamoto, and Ginza lines. However, I would recommend coming here before rush hour unless you want to feel like a sardine in the subway.[adinserter name=”Block 1″]