Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Colourful Sensoji Temple @ Asakusa, Tokyo

Sensoji temple also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. This is one of the most popular tourist attraction spot in Tokyo. The distinctive red colour temple with its unique architecture does offers scenery and cultural elements. It is one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples. Sensoji temple was completed in 645 and it is Tokyo's oldest temple. The temple was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy.

If you come to the temple using Tokyo subway, you will enter via the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) which is the outer gate of Sensoji temple. There is a long shopping street called Nakamise which leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate which is called Hozomon. You can easily get Japanese souvenir from Nakamise street. There are many typical Japanese items on the shops such as snacks, masks, sweets, folding fans, toys and sinbei. For your information, this temple is very touristic and quite crowded during the day.

Sensoji temple quite crowded especially during weekend as this is a famous tourist attraction in Tokyo.

Entrance to temple compound via Kaminarimon or Thunder gate.

Very busy shopping street of Nakamise.

Shop selling Japanese sandals.

Wow, its so crowded and pack during weekend.

This woman selling rice sweet dumplings which is also known as dango.

Rice sweet dumplings covered in grind peanut.

Try the crispy rice cracker sinbei. The rice crackers was grilled on the spot and flavored with soy sauce.

My super crispy sinbei. But this is very expensive at 100 Yen per piece.

Many types of rice crackers.

Colourful masks

Many lanterns similar to the Sensoji temple.

This is really a famous shopping street with many international visitors.

visitors able to purchase good quality of kimono and yakuta here.

Very cute cakes and biscuit. Its too cute to eat it.

Tokyo Skytree tower is within walking distance from Asakusa.

Reached the second gate.

Place to wash hand before entering Sensoji temple.

You may write notes for the temple.

GPS/Coordinate: 35.714752, 139.796676
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 6.00am to 5.00pm.
Public transport: Asakusa station. You can reach Asakusa station via JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station then transfer to Ginza Subway line for Asakusa. OR Take JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station and switch to Ginza Subway line for Asakusa.


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