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The grounds of Sensoji Temple

 
  Clematis’s Travelog  

Sensoji-tokyo

Sensoji Temple is a staple of Tokyo sightseeing

 
Sensoji Temple is located in Taito-ku, Tokyo.
I think that a lot of people have seen the photograph of Sensoji Kaminarimon of a big red lantern.
Sensoji Temple is a historical temple that has been popular for a long time.
This time, I traveled to Sensoji Temple.

 
The highlights of Sensoji Temple, an ancient temple in Tokyo

The highlights of Sensoji Temple

・Lively Nakamise
・You should definitely check out Kaminarimon
・Feel the season at annual events

 

The grounds of Sensoji Temple

 

Table of contents

1 The highlights of Sensoji Temple, an ancient temple in Tokyo
 1.1 The main gate of Sensoji Temple, which was known needless to say, is kaminarimon.
 1.2 Sensoji Temple Omotesando, Lively Nakamise
 1.3 Go around the historic Sensoji Temple
 1.4 Feel the season at annual events
2 Detailed summary of Sensoji Temple, a tourist attraction in Tokyo

 
The main gate of Sensoji Temple, which was known needless to say, is kaminarimon.

Kaminarimon

Kaminarimon, a gate with a large red lantern at Sensoji Temple, is a famous Tokyo famous spot.
Every day, tourists from japan and abroad can be seen taking commemorative photos.
I am impressed by its size and I feel that I came to Asakusa.
There is a rickshaw in front of Kaminarimon, and you can feel the sightseeing spot.
If you have come to Sensoji Temple, it’s a place you should go first.

Kaminarimon has the official name “Furaijinmon”.
On the left and right of the gate are the wind god and the thunder god.The name of the gate is derived from this wind god and thunder god.
I don’t know why it came to be called “Kaminarimon”. When you come to Kaminarimon, let’s take a look at the powerful wind god and thunder god.

Kaminarimon has repeated the rebuilding in the fire many times up to now.
Today’s Kaminarimon was rebuilt in 1960 by donation from Panasonic founder Konosuke Matsushita.

Kaminarimon is a magnificent and powerful structure that takes advantage of the Edo period style.
The first step to visit Sensoji Temple from Kaminarimon.
After enjoying the stately gate, let’s go inside Sensoji Temple.

 
Sensoji Temple Omotesando, Lively Nakamise

Nakamise

As soon as you pass through Kaminarimon, lively Nakamise will continue.
This is Omotesando of Sensoji Temple.
There are many shops on both sides of Omotesando, and it is crowded with many customers.
Nakamise is one of the oldest shopping districts in Japan.
In the Edo period, when the worshippers of Sensoji Temple increased, Sensoji Temple gave nearby residents permission to open a store in the current Nakamise area instead of cleaning the grounds.
This is the beginning of Nakamise. When it is around 1685.
There is history.
I feel that Sensoji Temple was a lively temple that many people visited since then.

There are many souvenir shops, specialty sweets, toys, and other shops in Nakamise.
There are many miscellaneous goods that feel Japan, so it is a good place to choose souvenirs.
I bought a folding fan and tenugui that is traditional Japanese towel as a souvenir.

You can enjoy shopping and feel the atmosphere of the bustling traditional Japanese shopping districts.

 
Go around the historic Sensoji Temple

Five-storied pagoda and Hozomon

When you pass through Nakamise, you will see a large Gate “Hozomon”.
A two-story vermilion gate, the Hozomon Gate, originally called the “Niomon”.
There is a statue of Nio on both sides of the gate to protect the temple.
Let’s take a look at the powerful Statue of Nio as you pass through Hozomon.

There is also a large straw sandal on the back of Hozomon.
I’m surprised at the size.
It seems to represent the power of this great straw sandal, The Nio. The demon leaves, thinking that Niou, who wears such a large straw sandal, is guarding the temple.
Even if I line up vertically, I am overwhelmed by its size.
 

Hozomon
The back of Hozomon, straw sandals

Next to Hozomon is a five-story pagoda.
It was said that it was 942 that the tower was built in Sensoji temple for the first time, and it was a three-story pagoda.
The bright five-story pagoda was rebuilt in 1973, and on the top floor is the Buddha shrine from The Islumunia Temple in Sri Lanka.
 

Five-storied pagoda

The main hall that can be seen as you pass through Hozomon.
There is a water house in front of the main hall.
Let’s cleanse in the water house.
This water house is very cool.
In the center is the statue of the Dragon God, and there is a water yard to surround the statue.
First rinse your left hand with water, then rinse your right hand, and rinse your mouth with water.
Lastly, let the ladle you used be vertical, and let the handle you have washed away.
When I looked up, I found a picture of a dragon on the ceiling of the water house.
The ink painting is cool and powerful.
 

The ground of Sensoji

Main Hall of Sensoji Temple.
It is a big and splendid Buddhist temple.
The main hall, also called Kannon-do, was built in 628.
The main hall, which has been rebuilt almost 20 times so far, houses the main statue of the sacred Kannon Bodhisattva and the statue of Kannon.
In addition, there was a large picture on the ceiling, and worshippers in the Edo period were praying for ceiling paintings.
Check out the ceiling pictures in the main hall.
 

Main shrine of Sensoji

There are many other halls in the precincts.
Let’s visit not only the main hall but also other halls.

 
Feel the season at annual events

Hozuki market

There are many annual events at Sensoji Temple.
Let’s come at the time of the event, and feel the season.

Hozuki Market, which will be held on July 9th and 10th, is recommended.
It is a tradition of summer.
There are a lot of orange Hozuki in the precincts and they are sold.
Colorful scenery.
It is said that there is 46,000 days’ worth of merit when visiting on this day on The Day of The Hozuki Market.
46,000 days’ worth.It’s a huge number of days.It is a day when the merit of the life can be obtained.
It is a day that I want to visit by all means.

The hozuki lined up in the stalls are lovely, and it is the day when I feel that summer in Japan has come.
Other wind chimes are sold, and it is a very elegance.
It is the appearance of Sensoji temple which wants to see once on the edge day full of atmosphere.

Hozuki market
Hozuki market
Hozuki market
Hozuki market

In addition, Hagoita market which takes place in December in the season opposite to summer is also recommended.
From December 17th to 19th, beautiful Hagoitas are displayed in the stalls in the precincts.
At present, Hagoita is a custom to give as a celebration to the house where the girl was born, but Hagoita is originally a good luck.
The gorgeous and beautiful Hagoita is exciting to watch.
It is recommended as a souvenir like Japan.
Hagoita for playing at a reasonable price were also sold.
On New Year’s Day, we played with traditional Japanese feathers.I think that it is good in the appearance with atmosphere.

Hagoita market
Hagoita market
Hagoita market

 
Detailed summary of Sensoji Temple, a tourist attraction in Tokyo

Main shrine of Sensoji

BEST SEASON

Year-round

ACCESS

・Train
5 minutes on foot from Tobu Sky Tree Line “Asakusa Station”
5 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line “Asakusa Station”
5 minute walk from Tsukuba Express “Asakusa Station”
5-minute walk from Exit A4 of Asakusa Station on the Toei Subway Asakusa Line

・Car
There is no parking at Sensoji Temple.
There is a coin parking around, so it is recommended to use.

MORE INFO

Open time/
6:00-17:00

Fee/Free

Address/ 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo