For Beginners of Tokyo:A Famous Temple in Asakusa ~Sensoji Temple~

I went to Sensoji temple when I visited Asakusa.

The Main Hall of Sensoji Temple
The Main Hall of Sensoji Temple

The uncrowded temple was nice. It is usually much more crowded when I visit there.

Unfortunately, Kaminari Mon Gate was renovated. I couldn’t take a nice shot.(´・ω・`)

Renovating Kaminara Mon Gate
Renovating Kaminara Mon Gate

Many souvenir shops on Nakamise street which is the approach to Sensoji temple would make you have fun.

Nakamise Street
Nakamise Street

But!

I like Shin Nakamise Street than Nakamise Street.

Shin Nakamise Street
Shin Nakamise Street

Shops on Nakamise street are almost all souvenir shops having typical Japanese things, while shops on Shin Nakamise Street are normal shops like general stores, coffee shops, clothing stores, etc. But many shops sell discounted articles and they are very interesting to me. Moreover, some shops also sell typical Japanese things, so, I cannot help thinking that the street is in downtown Tokyo having a long history.  

Walking on the back street is also fun too.

Back Street
Back Street

What is Sensoji Temple?

Sensoji Temple is a sacred place having about 1400-years history. The temple is a head monastery of Seikannon Buddhism which was independent of Tendai Buddhism. The principal idol is Goddess of Mercy Bodhisattva image (the Asakusa Kannon, absolute treasured Buddhist statue) .

Wow, does the temple have 1400-years histrory? OMG, the political city was in Western side at that time! I thought it had been built in Edo period (17 century to 19 century).…I didn’t know that! Though, I often visit there!!

However, the main hall of the temple got burn in 1945 because of WW2. The present hall was built in 1958.

Hmmm, the temple is greater than I though

Let’s go to the temple!

Purify yourself at Omizuya before visiting the main hall.

Omizuya
Omizuya

Then, go to the hall.

The inside of the hall
The miniature shrine of the hall

After that, I go to Yokodo to gain a Goshuin. 

Yokodou
Yokodou
Gashuin from Sensoji Temple
Goshuin from Sensoji Temple

I drew a fortune at the end.

A Fortune of Sensoji Temple (front)
A Fortune of Sensoji Temple (front)
A Fortune of Sensoji Temple (back)
A Fortune of Sensoji Temple (back)

The fortune I drew was the final small fortune.  Is it good or not? 

It says I am gonna be in trouble but be happy at the end…  Is it a good thing? 
(*The fortune in Sensoji temple has the English translation on the second row of the back side.)

By the way, there is a rumor that the fortunes in Sensoji Temple apparently has more bad fortunes than other temples. In addition, fortune number 7 is the bad fortune if my memory is right.

Reference

Sensoji Official Website 聖観音宗 あさくさかんのん 浅草寺 公式サイト(All written in Japanese) 

TripAdvisor (To see the review)

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