The Asakusa Kannon Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo.
According to the legend, two fishermen during the 7th century got to find a statue of Kannon (which is supposed to be the buddhist goddes of mercy) in their net. The first temple seems to be built to host this statue.
The temple has been rebuilt and made bigger many times during the years.
In my opinion the most impressive part is the pagoda, specially when lighted during the night time.
The bad side, is the market all around the temple, it gives it a total not religious atmosphear.
The Sensoji Temple is the heart and soul of Asakusa. Don't miss the main entrance "Kaminari-mon" (Thunder God Gate) where you can find a very large red-paper lantern hanging in the centre. I could actually bypass it and forgot to go back to take a photo of this signature landmark! At this big and traditional temple, you can observe how the locals ask for blessings eg. inhaling the smoke from the incense, drinking "blessed water" from a well etc.
You can also find a Five-Story Pagoda of Sensoji here, which is a copy of the original that was burned down in 1945.
This is where you will find many buildings with typical Japanese architecture mixed with modern designs. I would suggest Sumida Park (隅田公園) - a nice place for Hanami (cherry blossoms viewing), if you are there during Spring.
Otherwise, visit these any time:
Sensoji (金龍山浅草寺) - a Buddhist temple dedicated to the Bodhisattva, Kannon (観音), or “Goddess of Mercy” as known to many.
Hanayashiki Themepark (花やしき) - is the oldest amusement park in Japan (since 1853). I think its rather expensive so don't bother going in unless you are a die-hard fan for themeparks. No harm taking a picture with it though.
Taishou-kan (浅草大勝館) - a traditional Japanese theatre. Nice to visit if you understand Japanese plays.
Asahi Beer Headquarters - While the HQ is closed to public, no harm checking out Asahi Annex, a food and beverage place. Be prepared to pay though.
Jakotsuyu (蛇骨湯) - a natural Onsen to soak away stress and fatigue. A basic bath begins at 430yen. You deposit your shoes in a provided locker, buy coupons of your desired package from the vending machine at the door and go in to relax. Check out this movie.
The Kaminarimon Gate is the entrance to the Senjosi Temple. Destroyed during the air raids of 1945 and later rebuilt, it is named after the gods of Thunder and Wind, depicted between the colums to the side of the main entranceway. Hanging from the ceiling of the entrance is the huge red lantern which has become the symbol of the Asakusa district. Pictured are the God of the Wind and the Red Lantern. An adjacent building houses a tourist information center with english-language brochures and maps, indispensable.
Buddhist Temple Sensoji located in Asakusa is the oldest temple in Tokyo. It was completed in 645. There are two gates, Hozomon is the main gate and Kaminarimon with its giant chôchin is the outer gate of the Sensoji and symbol of Asakusa. Nakamise-dori is the main street leading from the Kaminarimon Gate to the temple.
The area has been built and rebuilt because of 1923 Great Kanto earthquake and WWII bombings.
Visitors from all over the world and as well Japanese tourist visit the temple.
One of the most popular tourist destination. Asakusa Temple is popular amongst locals on the New Year as well as the Sanja festival on every third weekend of May.
There is a giant lantern with the character "Kaminari" = thunder written on it. Every local seemed trying to touch this giant lantern - bring luck?
This is the gateway to Sensoji Temple of Asakusa. "Mon" means gate. So "Kaminari-mon" = thunder gate.
At this lively temple, there are always people thronging around the large urn at the middle of the temple courtyard. Curious to know what was going on, I enquired with the guide and I was told that the people believed that the smoke from the incense burning here would provide blessings and luck. After observing the rituals, I decided to join in and proceeded to wave the smoke towards me, and patted the smoke onto my hands and hair.
After that, I joined tourists to capture the magic moments on film.
Tokyo is full of very interesting building this one is near ASAKUSA...just over the Azumabashi Bridge, ...you'll notice the Asahi Beer Hall Building. The golden piece of artwork on top was designed by a French artist and despite a number of controversial interpretations, it is in fact a flame!.
..It is constructed of metal and weighs over 300 tons. The simulated gold leaf finish makes the flame gleam by day and by night, when it is illuminated.
The building itself is covered with highly polished black granite. Its windows are small portholes which are almost invisible from a distance. The main entrance of the beer hall is marked by a curving gold panel which is the only punctuation mark along the otherwise uninterrupted surface of the shiny black facade.
Asakusa is one of the 23 districts of Tokyo and has the distinction of being the oldest in modern-day Tokyo that has been preserved well to this day. Asakusa is also known as the Thunder District because the God of Thunder lives here. Look out for this God when you are at the temple grounds.
The Sensoji Temple (700 AD) is well over a thousand years old. The temple and the adjacent Nakamise shopping area have been preserved well. It is lively all year round as it attracts many local tourists and also foreigners keen to have a taste of what ancient Tokyo must have been like.
The Sensoji is also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple (named so for the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy) and is a must-see when in Tokyo. Apart from the shrine, it is also home to a five-storied pagoda.
Our visit there coincided with the Asakusa Samba festival which takes place in August each year. The roads were closed for the parade. It was a wonderful sight - men, women and children, in costumes paraded to lively music. Imagine, a SAMBA festival in Japan!
This is one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan. It starts at the first temple gate Kaminari-mon (Thunder gate) of the Sensoji temple and is about 250 metr long ending at the Sensoji Kannon (Goddess of Mercy) temple second gate. There are sideways arcades with restaurants and more shops on both sides of Nakamise str. At this very busy area, you can buy tourist souvenirs like toys, folding fans and chop sticks, mugs, cups and so on but also traditional foods and snacks are available. Just join in the crowd!
The temple of Asakusa (pronounce 'Asaxa') are regarded as the most beautiful and important temple, especially for tourists. It is located n the north-east of the city at the Sumida river. Most striking is the massive lampion of the Kaminari-mon which marks the entrance to the temple complex. After moving through it you will find yourself in the Nakamise-alleyway, a alley full of souvenir shops. After the second gate you will see the Kannon-dô temple andthe pagoda that hosts part of Buddha's bone on its top floor.
The are and especially the Nakamise-alley is packed all year, maybe due to the immense variety of Tokyo souvenirs.
You'll be blown away as you walk along this shopping street leading to the Asakusa Kannon Temple. With a history centuries old, this walkway is lined with souvenier shops and small, local food markets. Traditional folding fans, kimonos, t-shirts, baseball hats, toys, food, arts & crafts are found in abundance here (and at resonable prices as well!) I'm not a huge fan of shopping, but I enjoyed every moment spent along this street. One can't help but to peer into every tiny shop, each of which is overflowing with unique surprises. Once you've made your way through the shopping street, you'll find the Asakusa Kannon Temple, which resides at the end of this remarkable street.
Also known as Senso-ji, this is a must see sight in Tokyo. While largely rebuilt after World War Two, the area in and around the temple gives a lasting view of what it was like around here many years ago. The temple itself has origins dating back to the year 628, and the site also houses a Shinto shrine. You will probably enter the area from the south, through the main gate, Kaminarimon. From there you past through many, many stalls selling tourist items such as fans, art prints, etc., some of which may draw your interest. After the stalls you go throughthe tall Hozomon gate to the temple grounds, where you will see the five story pagoda (second highest in the country), and just ahead, the magnificent Main Hall, with the gold plated Gokuden shrine inside. The large bronze incense burner will draw your attention too. Make a wish!
The Sensoji temple is the oldest in Tokyo dating to 645. By legend, two brothers found a statue of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, floating in the river. They returned it to the river, but the statue kept coming back to them. So they finally decided the goddess was sending them a message which led to the building ot this building. The statue is only 7.5 cm high and solid gold. The current building dates from 1958 as it was destroyed during WWII bombing.