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浅草寺 Sensoji Temple

  • 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
  • Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals
Opening Hours
[April-September]6:00-17:00, [October-March]6:30-17:00
Date of post:2015/09/28

Most popular and the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo

  • Temple / Shrine

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

Before visiting the main hall, don't forget to purify yourself by washing your hands and rinsing your mouth with water in the water house. Here, water is getting out from a dragon’s mouth! The dragon is a fortunate animal and it protects this temple in many ways. You will find a gorgeous dragon and celestial goddesses painting on the ceiling of the main hall. Once you get into the 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 there are fortune telling papers. 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 a huge donation of Matsushita Kounosuke who is the founder of Panasonic. The temple appreciated it so much that they put ‘Matsushita Sangyou (old name of Panasonic)’ name on the lantern.

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