Cherry Blossoms at Togo-ji Temple – Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan
The large gate of Togo-ji Temple stands on the right side of the slope south of Tama Reien Station. It is said that this simple yet powerful mountain gate became a model for Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece “Rashomon” and the subsequent “Beauty and Thieves”, which were acclaimed overseas such as at the Venice International Film Festival.
In front of the gate, there is a giant tree “Weeping cherry tree”, which is one of the 100 famous trees in Fuchu City, and along with the mountain gate, it is one of the representative landscapes of Fuchu.
This Holy Togoji Temple was originally the villa of Marshal Togo Heihachiro, who was famous for the Russo-Japanese War and the Battle of Tsushima. After the death of Togo, a temple was built here by people who yearn for Marshal. The building of Marshal's villa still remains.
Fuchu is a city located in western Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. Fuchu is both a regional commercial center and a bedroom community for commuters working in central Tokyo.