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浅草寺 Sensoji Temple

  • Buildings (Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals)
  • Ueno / Asakusa / Tokyo Skytree Area
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Ueno / Asakusa / Tokyo Skytree Area
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
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[April-September]6:00-17:00, [October-March]6:30-17:00
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Date of post:2015/09/28

Most popular and the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo

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Located in Asakusa, northeast part of Tokyo, this temple has been worshiped by Samurais, Shoguns and town people since 7th century.

Before visiting main hall, don't forget to purify yourself by washing hands and rinsing your mouth by water at waterhouse. Here, water is getting out from dragon’s mouth! Dragon is a fortunate animal and it protects this temple by many ways. You will find a gorgeous dragon and celestin goddesses painting on the ceiling of the main hall. Once you get into main hall, people donate a coin into an offertory box, bow twice and pray by putting both palms together in front of your face.

Also, you will see drawers in which fortune telling papers exist. 100 yen Omikuji (Fortune telling paper) is written in English as well!!

There are two big gates which are called Treasure gate (HOUZOU-MON) and Thunder gate(KAMINARI-MON), in both you will find huge red lanterns hanging from the gate. Houzou-mon is a middle gate and Thunder gate is a front gate. At Thunder gate, there are two gods, God of thunder and God of wind. They stand there with angry faces, which mean they protect the temple from evil spirits. Especially, Thunder gate was rebuilt after WWⅡ by huge donation of Matsushita Kounosuke who is the founder of Panasonic. The temple appreciates it very much that they put ‘Matsushita Sangyou (old name of Panasonic)’ name on the lantern.

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