Friday, October 8, 2010

Senso-ji temple in Asakusa

Kaminarimon gate
Asakusa’s Senso-ji is now fully visible after over one and a half years of renovations.
Senso-ji founded in 645 is the oldest temple in Tokyo, it has been destroyed by disasters several times and reconstructed. The temple was the designated oration place for Tokunaga Ieyasu and subsequent Shoguns. currently with 30 million visitors every year remains one of the most important centers of worship.

The main entrance to the temple is through the famous Kaminarimon gate, with the gigantic lantern guarded by Fujin (wind god) and raijin (thunder god). The lamp is folded only during the sanja festival, and typhoons.

Leading the way between the Kaminarimon and the Hozomon gate the nakamise shops offer souvenirs and snacks to temple visitors.

sky tree from asakusa
Lateral streets provide a great view of the sky tree.

Hozomon gate
lantern at Hozomon gate
After nakamise the Hozomon gate guards the entrance to the main hall. The Hozomon gate is used to store the temple treasures.

five stories pagoda
To the right of the Hozomon gate stands the five stories pagoda, originally built in 942.

Main hall
Kannondo hall
After the Hozomon gate, the main hall is now finally visible. You need to look carefully to notice the renovations as it has been done mostly to some of the exteriors part in the roof area.



AdelaideBen said...

Nice photos of senso-ji.... it's a great place to get a snapshot of traditional Japan when in Tokyo... and a great place to get sourveniers!

island4jp said...

Yep, you can't beat the price of the souvenirs at the small lateral streets.