Monday, June 15, 2015

Asakusa Sensoji Kannon Buddhist Temple in Tokyo, Japan


Asakusa Sensoji Temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Japan. It was built on the site in 645 AD which is dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon or also known as Guan Yin or the Goddess of Mercy

According to the legend, two fishermen were fishing along Sumida River and found a statue of Bodhisattva Kannon floating on the river. When the village headman of Asakusa heard about this, he immediately realized that the object was an important Buddhist deity Bodhisattva Kannon statue thus, he took the vow to remake his home into a temple and spent the rest of his life in devotion to Bodhisattva Kannon.

The Kaminarimon Gate or the Thunder Gate, is the main entrance of the outer gate of Asakusa Sensoji Temple. There is a huge red paper lantern with a black Chinese character hanging in the middle of The Kaminarimon Gate (or the Thunder Gate). As when a visitor walks through the Kaminarimon Gate (or The Thunder Gate), you will find the shopping street of Nakamise-dori which is lined up with rows of small vendors selling snacks and Japanese souvenirs. 

As when you walk to the end row of the shopping street of Nakamise-dori, you will find another huge gate which is similar to The Kaminarimon Gate (or the Thunder Gate). The second entrance gate is known as Hozomon Gate which will lead you to the main temple's hall of Asakusa Sensoji Temple for worshiping. There is a large incense burner in the middle of the main temple's hall as you walk through the Hozomon Gate. You will find a five-story pagoda as well, next to the main temple's hall.

How do you pray at a Japanese temple? 
Firstly, you purchase and burn incense (osenko) in a large incense burner, which is situated in front of the main temple's hall. Then, you fan some smoke towards yourself as the smoke is believed to have some healing power. After that, you walk all the way to the offering hall. You must remove your shoes before entering the temple hall. When you stand in front of the Kannon Bosatsu shrine, you throw a coin into the offering box then, bow at 90 degree before clapping both hands twice. Then, you pray and make your wish before bowing at 90 degree once more.

How to get to Asakusa Sensoji Temple?
Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
Subway Station
Tobu Isezaki Line          : 5 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line : 5 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station
Tsukuba Express          : 5 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station
Toei Asakusa Line        : 7 minutes by foot from the A4 Exit of Asakusa Station

Opening Hours :  6am to 5pm daily
Entrance Fees  :  FREE


The main entrance gate of Kaminarimon Gate (Thunder Gate) at Asakusa Sensoji Temple which is always crowded with Japanese and tourists at Tokyo, Japan
The main entrance gate of Kaminarimon Gate (Thunder Gate) at Asakusa Sensoji Temple which is always crowded with Japanese and tourists at Tokyo, Japan

A giant red lantern is hanging at the main entrance gate of Kaminarimon Gate (Thunder Gate) at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
A giant red lantern is hanging at the main entrance gate of Kaminarimon Gate (Thunder Gate) at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

You can find a crafted dragon as you bend and look under the base of the giant red lantern at The Kaminarimo Gate of Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
You can find a crafted dragon as you bend and look under the base of the giant red lantern at The Kaminarimo Gate of Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

You will find  typical Japanese souvenirs and snacks along the shopping street of Nakamise after passing the outer gate of Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
You will find  typical Japanese souvenirs and snacks along the shopping street of Nakamise after passing the outer gate of Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

An arch at the end of Nakamise shopping street before heading to the temple's main hall at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
An arch at the end of Nakamise shopping street before heading to the temple's main hall at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

Japanese doll statues display at the end street of Nakamise before heading to the Hozoman Gate and the main temple's hall at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Japanese doll statues display at the end street of Nakamise before heading to the Hozoman Gate and the main temple's hall at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

This is Hozomon Gate, located at the end of Nakamise shopping street at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
This is Hozomon Gate, located at the end of Nakamise shopping street at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

Beyond the Hozomon Gate is the temple's main hall and a five storied pagoda at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Beyond the Hozomon Gate is the temple's main hall and a five storied pagoda at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

The rear view of Hozomon Gate before heading into the main temple's hall of Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
The rear view of Hozomon Gate before heading into the main temple's hall of Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

O-waraji is the traditional straw sandals made by 800 citizens of Murayama City as it's believed as the charm against the evils at Asakusa Temple in Tokyo, Japan
O-waraji is the traditional straw sandals made by 800 citizens of Murayama City as it's believed as the charm against the evils at Asakusa Temple in Tokyo, Japan

Heading to the main temple's hall of Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Heading to the main temple's hall of Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

Fan some smoke towards yourself as the smoke is believed to have healing power and throw a coin into the offering box, clap your hands twice and pray for a few seconds at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Fan some smoke towards yourself as the smoke is believed to have healing power and throw a coin into the offering box, clap your hands twice and pray for a few seconds at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

The visitors bow and pray in front of the Asakusa Shrine at the main temple's hall of Asakusa Sensoji Kannon Temple in Tokyo, Japan
The visitors bow and pray in front of the Asakusa Shrine at the main temple's hall of Asakusa Sensoji Kannon Temple in Tokyo, Japan

It's getting crowded with Japanese and the visitors at the main temple's hall of Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
It's getting crowded with Japanese and the visitors at the main temple's hall of Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

A five-story pagoda at the main temple's hall of Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
A five-story pagoda at the main temple's hall of Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

Two Buddha statues outside of the main temple's hall and near to Tokyo Skytree at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
Two Buddha statues outside of the main temple's hall and near to Tokyo Skytree at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

The beautiful view of a statue which is wrapped with a red cloth in front of Hozomon Gate of the main temple's hall at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan
The beautiful view of a statue which is wrapped with a red cloth in front of Hozomon Gate of the main temple's hall at Asakusa Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

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