After we went to Tokyo Disneyland on the last time. We decided to pay the respect to the Japanese temple. So we went to the famous Sensoji Temple in Asakusa on the next day of the trip.
To go to Sensoji Temple. We took the Yamanote Line at Shinagawa Station to Ueno Station then take the metro to Asakusa Station. We also found the big panda doll at the exit gate at Ueno Station.
There are a lot of restaurants in Asakusa Station. However it’s closed when we arrived and leaved so I think they are open in the evening.
The metro exit bring us to Shin-Nakamise Street. We need to walk a little to Nakamise Street. Kaminarimon is on our sight.
This is the most famous landmark here. A lot of tourist’s here. Both Japanese and foreign.
While we had taken the photograph. The rickshaw men’re running behind us.
After finished taking photograph, we walked along Nakamise street to Sensoji Temple. There are many kinds of shops here. Souvenirs, snacks, food, toys and etc.
Before we reached the temple, we see Demboin Temple on our left.
Demboin Temple is the resident of Sensoji Temple head priest. It’s famous for beautiful garden however it’s closed for normal visiting.
So I took the photo of Kannon statue instead.
Now we’re at Hozomon gate. After the gate is the main hall of the temple.
On the left is Five-storied Pagoda or Gojuunotou. This tower’s rebuilt 2 time. The first time is damaged by fire The second is damaged by Tokyo air raid in WWII
Now we’re in the temple ground. We went to buy the joss sticks for paying respect.
Use this lantern to light the joss stick. It’s very hard to light with it. We prefer to light the stick with the candle.
When the joss stick is lit. Put it in the nearby censer then use the hand to blow the smoke from it to our body. It’s the Japanese believe that you will bring the good fortune into your body.
We need to clean our hand using the water from this well before enter Main Hall. It’s a Japanese tradition that you need to be clean before enter the sacred place.
Now it’s time to enter the temple’s Main Hall or Kannondo. It was originally built by Tokugawa Iemitsu. However it’s rebuilt again when it’s damaged from air raid in WWII.
To pay respected. Throw the coin to the donation box. Press the hand together. Clap the hands 3 times then pray to the temple.
Inside is the place of the 5 inches Kannon statue.
กAfter finished paying respected. We went to the amulet shop inside to buy the amulet for ourselves and family. The shop on the right has the meaning for each amulets in English. So we don’t pick the wrong amulets.
Next we went to the small garden beside the Main Hall. This is Amida Nyorai statue.
There are also many small halls, shrines and statues inside.
You can give the donation for each of them.
We also found food stalls in the temple area. Maybe there’s the festival on the day we went.
After paid respect at the temple. We went shopping for the souvenirs at Nakamise street. They have may kind of stores including the idol related items store.
eAfter we finished shopping. We went back to Asakusa station through Shin-Nakamise street. The stores’re now open. They are open slower than the ones on Nakamise street.
I also saw signed Iwasa Misaki’s Mujin Eki poster in front of the Enka music store.
While we’re in Ginza station. I see this cute mascot promoting its food seasoning products. So I take a photograph of him.
Next time I will write about Sony Building at Ginza and Odaiba. Please look forward to it.