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Tokyo Sasakusa | Visit Sensoji Temple

Tokyo Sasakusa | Visit Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple is Tokyo’s oldest and most visited temple. It was completed in 645 and has been a prominent landmark of not only Asakusa but also of Tokyo. Visitors will first enter Kaminarimon, which literally means Thunder Gate. As you make your way through this gate, you will find yourself surrounded by the Nakamise shops until you reach the second gate, Hozomon. Past Hozomon Gate is where the temple’s main hall and a five stories pagoda stand. You will also find a omikuji booth here where you can draw your fortune. You “donate” 100yen to the slot and you shake the large hexagonal box placed there until a stick falls out. The stick will have a number on it which then you will open the corresponding numbered shelf for the fortune. The fortunes are written in Japanese on the front but translated to English on the back. If you get a bad fortune, it is customary to tie the omikuji paper onto the nearby rack where other omikujis are tied so that you can leave your bad luck there instead of taking it home with you.

Shop at Nakamise Dori

Shop at Nakamise Dori

Upon entering Kaminarimon before finding your way to Sensoji Temple itself, you will walk down a long shopping street selling all kinds of goods. Nakamise Dori is known as one of the best souvenir shopping places in Japan, for its wide selection varying from keychains and t-shirts to more traditional goods such as kimono and folding fans. Snacks such as Ningyoyaki, cake with red bean paste filling, are also one of the popular souvenirs here at Asakusa. These Ningyoyakis today often are shaped in cute designs such as Hello Kitty, Kaminarimon, and Tokyo Skytree.

Be Sky High at Tokyo Skytree

Be Sky High at Tokyo Skytree

Though located in Sumida, next to Asakusa, a visit to Tokyo Skytree, the highest building in Japan, is a bucket list item for everyone. It is a television broadcasting tower open to the public with observation decks, shopping complex, and even an aquarium. Most people visit Tokyo Skytree for the two observation decks which offer a breathtaking view of Tokyo. The first observation deck takes you up 350 meters and the second deck goes even higher to 450 meters. Visitors take an impressively fast elevator ride up to the first deck and if they wish, they can continue their journey up the tower to the second deck from there.

Japan’s Oldest Amusement Park

Japan’s Oldest Amusement Park

Care to take a ride at Japan’s oldest amusement park, founded in 1853? Hanayashi in Asakusa offers a nostalgic feel and is great for all ages. Young children will enjoy the rides and adults will reminisce the old town feel. The park has a variety of rides, from roller coasters to tower rides. There are also other activities such as a haunted house like building and swan rides in a lake. You can even get your fortune told or grab a crepe if you wish.

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