Day 5 of Japan and Tokyo October 8th, 2012
Get up for another day in Tokyo. Realising that sleeping in capsules you can hear everything. The last night had about 3 people snoring loudly all night. Not a present experience. Good thing I had the iPod with me, as It covered up the snoring with some Garth Brooks all night. Today I get on metro and head to the big temple right in Tokyo. The name of the Temple isSensoji Temple
Sensoji (浅草寺, Sensōji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples. The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them.
Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo’s oldest temple.The entire temple is spread in a huge compound consisting of two gates, a row of colorful shops, a main temple hall and a five storied pagoda and is interesting right from the word go! First you encounter the Kaminarimon or the Thunder Gate, the outer gate of Sensoji Temple flanked by two gate protector Gods on either sides – Fujin, the God of wind and Raijin, the God of thunder.
However, the most important point of attraction here is the huge red and black colored lantern which hangs from the centre of the gate. The lantern together with the imposing gate is recognized as the symbol not only for Asakusa but for the entire of Tokyo.
ass through the gate and a row of around 90 shops neatly lined up come in the scene called the Nakamise dori shopping arcade. Spanning around 200 mtrs and believed to be having a history dating several centuries back, you will find all kinds of colorful trinkets and souvenirs like Japanese fans, key chains, hats, purses on display here.
Overall an amazing place to visit in Tokyo, one of the must see spots. From here I go check out the immediate area and go visit some of the shops in the area. Here it becomes lunch time so I decide on places to eat. Walk around in the area for awhile before settling on one restaurant. Turns out it is a more tourist restaurant as it is in english and it is called the Miami Garden. But good food though. I have some spaghetti here and it is good. This is where I learn about how japanese slurp their noodles. Apparently in Japan it is consider good manners to slurp your noodles, you are showing that you like the food.
Sitting in the restaurant this well dress japanese woman comes in. Has all the normal mannerisms of a Japanese. I noticed she got a dish with noodles in it. When she was eating you could hear her all in the whole place of her slurping. It looked like she was working on a car or something the way she was eating her noodles. I then leave here and random walk in the area. Walk past the national brewery building for Japan’s own beer of Asahid. Which is not a bad beer at all.
I then walk in this park and come across another small temple and shrine. The many interesting things one can find here. Park is a popular spot for Cherry Blossoms. I then walk along the river and make my way to the Sumo Wrestling arena area and museum. Only to discover it is closed for the season and no one can get into it. All well what can you do.
Then walk more in the area to figure out the next plan of action. I come across another amazing temple in the area. I can not remember the name of the thing but it is amazing. Was overall an great time in Tokyo. I leave this city after this day and head to the great city of Takayama. Come along the blog and I have more stories to be told.