Also, known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, this is one of the oldest temples in Tokyo and was built in 645. It has since become one of the most popular Buddhist temples revered by local devotees and marvelled upon by the many tourists that visit.
The story behind the temple is quite a legend here in Tokyo. It is believed that two brothers once fished out the statue of Kannonk, the Goddess of Mercy from the Sumida River. Even though they left the statue back in the river it seemed to follow them. This inspired the construction of this temple.
Entering the temple
The entrance to the temple is a grand gate called Kaminarimon which is known in English as the Thunder Gate. This is the outer gate of the Sensoji Temple which opens up to a shopping street, the aisle of shops leads to the second gate known as the Hozonmon.
The shopping street
In between the two gates of the temple is a shopping street with little kiosks on either side. These shops sell what is known as omiyage or in English souvenirs and traditional Japanese items such as yukata, kimono and much more. If you are staying at a serviced apartment in Tokyo, note that this is the best place for some souvenir shopping.
Matsuri is the Japanese word for festivals and festivals are in plenty in this part of Tokyo! The most popular festival here is the Sanja Matsuri which is the celebration of Asakusa Shrine which takes place in May. You can always inquire about festivals taking place from Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo or any other local hotel you will be lodged at.