Travelers must visit Asakusa Sensoji Temple
Asakusa Sensoji Temple is the oldest and most visited temple in Tokyo. The temple is known to bring good luck, happiness, good relationships, and make all wishes come true! If you have any dreams or goals you wish to achieve, Asakusa Sensoji Temple is the very place you want to go!
Here are 3 reasons why Asakusa Sensoji Temple is a MUST visit destination for travelers traveling around Tokyo.
Reason 1. There is no place better to see traditional Japanese culture around Tokyo
As mentioned earlier in the article, Asakusa Sensoji Temple is the oldest and most visited temple around Tokyo. The origin of Asakusa Sensoji Temple dates way back to the 6th century. It is said that in 628, two brothers, the Hinokuma brothers, who were fishing at a river nearby, happened to fish a Buddha statue. The brothers brought the Buddha statue home, rebuilt their home into a temple, and started a temple which later came to be known as Asakusa Sensoji Temple.
Though the temple may be only a surprisingly-close-15-minuute-walk away from Tokyo Skytree, the tallest skyscraper in Japan, Asakusa Sensoji Temple has it’s own traditional Japanese-like atmosphere. You will find yourself time traveling to the ancient Japanese era, the second you set a foot into the temple’s property.
Reason 2. It has “Nakamise-dori”, the best place to buy souvenirs
Asakusa Sensoji Temple is not just a normal shrine. It has a long path called “Nakamise-dori (Japanese: 仲見世通り Nakamisedori), a path jam packed with souvenir stores all along the way to the main hall. You can find anything here: Kimonos, chopsticks, fans, Japanese confectionary, keychains, T-shirts, you name it.
Locals tend to buy “Ningyo-yaki (Japanese: 人形焼き Ningyo-yaki)” or “Kaminari-Okoshi (Japanese: 雷おこし Kaminari-Okoshi).” Ningyo-yaki is something like baked pancake dough with red bean paste in it, and Kaminari-Okoshis are Japanese-style rice crispies. Asakusa Sensoji Temply is very well known for these confectionaries, so if you have a chance, please try!
Reason 3. It will bring you good luck
Asakusa Sensoji Temple is known to bring luck for almost anything: health, studies, love, etc. In front of the main hall of the temple, you will see many people covering themselves with smoke. The smoke they are covering themselves with, is believed to make the part they covered with smoke better. Therefore, many people pat smoke on their head in order to make themselves smarter.
Asakusa Sensoji Temple is also known or it’s fortune tellers. To get a fortune teller at Sensoji Temple, you will have to shake a little container that is full of sticks, pick a stick and get your fortune from a little shelf that has the same number as your stick. Each fortune will tell you how your year will be. It also comes with a short Japanese poem that expresses your year. “apoem is translated into English, so you will get to have a chance to see how traditional Japanese poems were like.
Though most fortunes say that you will have good luck throughout the next year, some fortunes say that you will have bad luck. But… don’t worry! In Japan, if you tie your “bad-luck-fortune” on a branch, it is believed that the gods will take extra care and watch over you, so you will end up getting extra good luck.
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Asakusa Sensoji Temple
Adress: 2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Open 24 hours.
*Shops at Nakamisedori are open from 9:30am – 7:00pm
*Shrine lights up from sunset-11:00pm
*100 yen for fortune telling
・Tobu SKYTREE Line: 5 minutes from Asakusa Station
・Tokyo Metro Ginza Line: 5 minutes from Asakusa Station
・Tsukuba Express Line: 5 minutues from Asakusa Station
・Toei Subway Asakusa Line: 7 minutes from the A4 exit of Asakusa Station
Website: Asakusa Sensoji Temple