Sunday 22 October 2017

Postcards from Japan : Sensoji Temple

During my trip to Japan this April, I visited one of the most well-known shrines of Tokyo, the Sensoji temple. Even though this temple was destroyed during World war II, and was rebuilt right after the war, the original temple was built around 645 AD, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.

There is a 250-meter long street leading up to the temple, with shops on either sides.
The photograph above was taken from the Asakusa culture and tourism centre's roftop, and the street,
or the Nakamise dori, can be clearly seen here, terminating right at the temple. 

This is somewhere at the beginning of the Nakamise dori

The street branches off in different directions too, and the rows of shops continue along the sides

When I reached the temple, the shops were shutting down. The temple was open though, so I kept moving on.

And this is the main shrine

Right next to the shrine (not seen in the pictures), there are O-mikuji stalls. O-mikuji are fortunes which are written in pieces of paper, rolled up in the form of scrolls. You can draw from boxes at random in Shinto shrines of Japan and get an insight on your fortunes!

It is a beautiful temple though, and must not be missed at any cost if you are in Tokyo. That is all I have for you in this post. Keep traveling, keep posting. Have a great day!

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