Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sensoji Temple @ Asakusa, Tokyo

Sensoji temple also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples.

The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.

Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), the outer gate of Sensoji Temple.

Sensoji temple.

Before entering the temple, its a ritual to wash hands and to goggle mouth first.

Such a busy area over here.

Pagoda of Sensoji.

The temple main hall.

Coordinate/GPS: 35.714619,139.79683
Address: 2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 111-0032
Subway: From Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station Exit 1: 5 mins on foot (A18).


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