The Takahata Fudoson Kongoji temple features historical Buddhist buildings and treasures that are rare finds in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The temple's origins go back at least to the 8th century when it was founded to venerate the Buddhist protective deity Fudo (lit. the one who does not move). It became one of the three most important temples dedicated to Fudo in the east of Japan. The ancient temple buildings were destroyed in a typhoon and rebuilt in the 14th century. What survives from this period today is the Fudo-do Hall with its impressive statue of Fudo who holds a sword to protect the Buddhist tradition and its followers from evil. But there are many more cultural treasures from the esoteric Buddhist Shingon tradition to explore. An easy 3 minutes walk from Takahatafudo Station on the Keio Train Line, you will be inspired by the serene atmosphere surrounding the temple as well as by its impressive pagoda. When early summer is around the corner, the hydrangea flowers shining in a mix of baby blue and pastel purple attract many visitors.