There are many shrines and temple throughout Japan but one of the most popular spots in Tokyo must be Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa.  The legend says that fishermen brothers who were fishing in thIMG_9123e river (which was said to be the current Sumida River) found bodhisattva Kannon statue from the river in 628.  Both brothers became monk and started to worship the Kannon.  That is the origin of Senso-ji Temple and at that time, the brothers used their house as a temple but in 645, a temple was built.  It is the oldest temple in Tokyo.

Between the main gate which is called Kaminari-mon (Thunder Gate) and the temple’s main hall, there is a shopping street of nakamise.  Nakamise is a shopping street in front of shrines or temples but if you just says Nakamise in Tokyo, it often means the shopping street in front of Senso-ji.  They sell souvenirs, Japanese crackers and sweets, kimonos, and various other things.

Address: 3-1 Asakusa 2-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo

This is near from Asakusa Station of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Toei Subway Asakusa Line.  There are stations of Tobu Isesaki Line and Tsukuba Express Line, too.  They are all Asakusa Station.


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