Jindaiji Pet Cemetery in Jindaiji Temple in the Chofu/Mitaka suburbs of western Tokyo is probably the capital's largest resting place for well-loved domestic animals. Tokyo has around seven dedicated pet cemeteries scattered around the city.
Loving pet owners of mostly cats and dogs can rent a shelf in Jindaiji to display a photo of their pet along with plastic flowers, a Buddhist plaque and often a tin of cat or dog food.
Ema, or votive plaques, in the temple grounds express each mourner's prayers for a pleasant afterlife for their deceased pets.
The animal's ashes are often kept in a ceramic jar within the cubby-hole altar. More expensive stone graves are also available outside in the temple grounds, which are a poignant place to wander among the incense smoke and the sonorous ringing of temple bells.
Jindaiji Pet Cemetery
Tel: 0424 830 915
Jindaiji Temple is known for its many soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurants and is adjacent to Jindai Botanical Gardens.
Take a bus about 20 minutes from Mitaka Station on the JR Chuo-Sobu Line or Chofu Station on the Keio Line.
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