Japan Things To Do in Tokyo: Asakusa Senso-ji Temple
Asakusa Senso-ji Temple is one the main tourist attraction in Tokyo. any traveler to Tokyo should not miss this temple. The entrance gate (The Thunder Gate) has a big red paper lantern with japanese character on it. Once you enter the gate, small shops with local traditional Foods or souvenirs surround the entrance of the temple (similar to european traditional christmas market), with some cherry trees and artiﬁcial cherry blossom ﬂower on top of each shop given it a nice global view. Then, you will reach a second gate to the Asakusa Senso-ji Temple. Once you enter it you will see behind you a giant Straw sandal. On your right you will notice the famous Sky Tree building. There is also a smoke coming from a place in front of the temple, they say it gives you good luck. Visitors go inside the temple (Senso-ji Main Hall) to pray. On the left there is a nice garden (Denbo-in Garden) where you can take some nice photos with the cherry blossom (in April), bridge, small river, waterfall and the Senso-ji temple all together, the perfect spot for a traditional japanese photo. Very beautiful !!
Once you finish visiting the Asakusa Senso-Ji temple, there is a covered walking avenue crossing the main entrance of the temple with a lot of small shops selling traditional japanese goods and also some japanese cuisine restaurants. you can have a walk there and have lunch. There is also some american fast food in front of the Sumida River cruise departure. More photos of the Asakusa Senso-Ji temple taken with a Sony Nex-5 camera and a 18-200mm lens (sel18200) are available below.
In the next post, I will talk about the Sumida River cruise.
Author: Karim Kanoun