You can’t walk past this temple without seeing tourists taking pictures in front of the iconic “Kaminarimon” (Thunder Gate). This ancient temple was founded in the year 628, making it the oldest temple in Tokyo, and is dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon, which earned it the nickname “Asakusa Kannon”.
With “Thunder Gate” at the main entrance – the “God of Wind” to the right and the “God of Thunder” to the left –Senso-ji features a statue of Kannon resting within the main temple, a gorgeous interior with lacquered floors as well as walls and doors lined with gold leaf, not to mention ceiling paintings.Just outside is a huge incense burner – fanning yourself with the smoke is said to improve and uplift your soul.
NakamiseStreet leading from “Thunder Gate” to the “Hōzōmon” (Treasure House Gate) is lined with about 90 different shops offering various souvenirs and sweets. The main temple, five-storied pagoda, Treasure House Gate and Thunder Gate are lit up every evening from sunset until 11pm. The main temple entrance is closed during the evenings. If you plan to visit at least one temple during your Tokyo stay, you can’t go wrong with Sensō-ji.
Transport 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line)
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