What to Expect
The first entrance gate to Sensouji temple is Kaminari-mon or the Thunder Gate. Two wooden statues are welcoming the guests. Here you'll be excited to take a snapshot of two Gods and a big lantern.
Fujin or the God of Wind and Raijin or the God of Thunder are on either side. Between the two statues, the giant red lantern is hanging under the gate.
After passing under the gate, Nakamise-dori is right front of you. The busy street is lined up with many small shops selling souveniors and traditional foods. You'll enjoy looking for your favorites on the busy street.
Two Deva King statues invite the visitors to pray at the temple. Before a prayer, we need to follow the traditional customs at the water basin and incense burner. Smoke bathing is also believed good for healing the unhealthy part of your body.
In the main hall, look up and see the Dragon and Heavenly Maiden drawn on the ceiling. This is the holly place where you offer your prayer. It is exciting to draw a written oracle. You may buy a good luck charm of Sensouji Temple, which is said to be good for safe transportation, good health, successful business and study because of its rich history of the temple.
Asakusa shrine is next to the temple. The Torii gate made of stone leads the way to the shrine. It escaped from the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and Tokyo Air Raids in 1945. The color paint and lacquer were repaired in 1996. You 'll see the beautifully decorated building. This shrine's architectural style is called "Gongen-zukuri", which is also seen at Nikko Tousho-gu shrine. You'll be able to see it here without going there.
You may see two towers from the temple ground. The 5-storied pagoda and the silvery shining Tokyo Skytree.
Let's find the old and new in Asakusa together.