Imagine my surprise when I saw this enormous structure at the end of a long walk…

Rissho Kosei Kai great hall Tokyo

What is it? And why had I never heard of it?

Rissho Kosei Kai great hall Suginami Tokyo

It is 立正佼成会大聖堂, the Great Hall / Cathedral of the Buddhist organization, Rissho Kosei-kai 立正佼成会. The organization occupies a large campus in Suginami-ku (map).

Large building next to the Great Hall… 

Rissho Kosei Kai long building Tokyo.JPG

The temple sits on a rise with a wonderful view of the Shinjuku skyline to the east.

There is a stunning golden Buddha statue inside:

There is a big-sky spaciousness that is rare in most parts of Tokyo:

Rissho Kosei Kai great palm tree sunset


Rissho Kosei Kai Buddhist sect smokestack.JPG

Elsewhere in Suginami: