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Asakusa Shrine
Asakusa Shrine
#About the Temple of the Nearby Temple Builders

Asakusa Shrine is a temple built in 1649, during the period of ancient Tokyo, the Edo Period. The temple, also known as Sanja-sama, which is the Hall of the Three Gods, is a major cultural asset in Japan and part of a large collection of sacred buildings in the area.

At the Asakusa Shrine, the Sanja Matsuri Festival is held, one of the city's three largest annual festivals and the most colorful and spectacular events of Tokyo.

The Asakusa Temple is decorated in gongen-zukuri style. There is also a sacred Shinto Shrine, dedicated to the three men who built the nearby Buddhist temple, the Sensō-ji Buddhist temple. The temple can be seen on the eastern side of the Sensō-ji Temple, on a street marked by a large gate. The gate at the entrance to the temple is called "Torii" in Japanese. It is a traditional Japanese stone gate, which can be found at the entrance to many Shinto Shrines.



#Tips

The Entrance to the temple is free.

The opening hours are identical to the Sensō-ji Temple - Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.



A Closer Look at the Asakusa Shrine:

https://youtu.be/DQ3l1graG5Y



The Yearly Festival "Sanjay of Matsuri" Takes Place Here:

https://youtu.be/dAw2uUFC1K8
Sensoji Temple
Sensoji Temple
#About the Oldest Temple in Tokyo

Although it looks entirely new, the Sensoji Temple, or Senso-ji Temple, is the oldest temple in all of Tokyo. It was restored after its destruction in World War II, and the Japanese are proud of it and of its past, which symbolizes their resilience to the historical difficulties they have experienced.

Legend has it that two brothers built it, in 645. After returning the statue of the goddess of mercy to the river, Bosato Kannon, they found themselves fishing the statue out of the river over and over again. A landlord who heard about it told the brothers excitedly about Buddha and they became dedicated Buddhists. The three built the temple and erected the statue of the Goddess, the one that the brothers kept fishing out of the river.

By the way, the three temple builders are buried today in the temple of Asakusa, which is named after them, "Hall of the Three Gods."

The current building at Sansoji Temple, in the Asakusa Quarter, is a reconstruction of the ancient temple, established here in the 7th century CE, also known as Asakusa Kannon, which was destroyed in World War II. Today, after a renovation that brought it back to its glory days, the 1,400-year-old temple stands on its original hill.



#What is in the Temple

At the entrance to the temple you will see the gate of Kaminarimon, named for the local god of thunder. It is a large red gate, adorned with figures of the god of thunder.

In the courtyard of the compound look for the large incense vase, which stands outside. This vase has, according to belief, medicinal properties. Buddhist believe that the smell of incense is the air the gods breathed. Here you can see how using only hands, the Japanese lead the smell of incense towards their bodies. They aim at the diseased or painful area and hope for healing.

The main interest in the temple is the prediction of the future. For a small fee, you will be allowed pull a stick that looks like a long chopstick, with a prophecy that appears on it as a small painting. The painting on the stick can be compared to the painting on one of the wooden drawers in the temple. In the drawer there will be an explanation waiting for you, or a kind of prophecy about the fate that awaits you. A booklet with English translation can be obtained from the local monks in the compound. Those who have received a pink fate come out smiling and those who do not - tend to tie the prophecy to special threads that are waiting for this purpose nearby.

Next to the temple you will see Nakamise Street, where there are a variety of colorful stalls and shops where you can buy souvenirs and Japanese snacks.



#Tips

The entrance is free, both to Sensoji Temple and to the large market adjacent to it.

Opening hours - Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/fcZ6VF22tr8
Asakusa
Asakusa
#About the Place that Resembles the Old Tokyo

Asakusa is the area around the Sensoji Temple, the oldest, colorful and most loved temple of Tokyo. This is one of Tokyo's most important historical sites. The character of Asakusa is reminiscent of the old Tokyo and it is pleasant to spend time in the temple and the market nearby, even for a whole day.

On the Nakamise Dori Street, the street leading to the Sensoji Temple, you will see the Nakamise Market, which offers many stalls and shops, with Edo art crafts, traditional Japanese clothing, kimonos and many tourist memorabilia.

At the entrance to the Sensoji Buddhist Temple stands a large two-story red gate called Kaminarimon. The name of the gate means "God of Thunder," and indeed, on the gate you can see the decorations of the figures of the gods of the wind and the thunder.

On the second floor of the gate there is a library in which Buddhist and antique books are preserved. The gate, the pagodas and the other structures in the Temple were destroyed during World War II, and reconstructed with precision.

After the Kaminarimon Gate, enter the road that leads to the temple, a 300-meter road with a colorful and spectacular street market. In this market you will see hundreds of colorful and cozy stalls offering local souvenirs, fortune tellers and other intriguing Japanese surprises.

Both to the Sensoji Temple and to the large market adjacent to it, the entrance is free.



#The History of Asakusa

Asakusa’s district is the remnant of a distant historical era. While wandering around, you can feel how the passersby felt, in an age when pleasant, smiling geishas walked there. In Kannonura Street you can also see from time to time, women wearing such clothes.

Between the 17th and 19th centuries, when Tokyo was the capital of the military Tokugawa Shogunate, the Asakusa area was the center of their entertainment.

Today Asakusa is one of the most important historical sites in Tokyo, a place reminiscent of Tokyo of other, earlier times.


#Tips

The entrance to the temple is free.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/NiEi1Vp7zcw


More of Asakusa:

https://youtu.be/RuCcoLw7omI


A Trip Around the Entire Area:

https://youtu.be/b5AurdhTcUc
Ryogoku Kokugikan
Ryogoku Kokugikan
#About Tokyo's Sumo Stadium

Who has not heard of the sumo wrestlers, the massive bodies, considered in Japan to be something like super heroes?

Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium is Tokyo's main sumo stadium. It is located in the Ryogoku district of Sumida, an area with other sumo-related sites. There are, by the way, many of them. Most sumo wrestlers live and practice in this neighborhood.

Sumo tournaments are held three times a year, in January, May, and September. In fact, this stadium holds three of Japan's six annual sumo competitions, all of which attract huge audiences. The stadium itself can accommodate about 10,000 fans.

The Kokugikan Stadium, established in 1985, is the fourth permanent stadium built in Tokyo since 1909.


#Tips
During the sumo tournaments (in January, May and September) you can see Sumo, and not by buying the standard ticket, which is expensive. Arrive in the morning or afternoon to the Kokugikan Stadium and you can buy a ticket for about $ 10 for that evening!

If there are no tournaments, you can see wrestlers in the training halls, the "stables" of sumo wrestlers. In the Azumazeki Stables, across the Sumida River at the JR Ryogoku Station. Watch the wrestlers' training free of charge.



A Closer Look at the Kokugikan Stadium:

https://youtu.be/snzDBWO0V2E



Sumo Wrestlers Training:

https://youtu.be/Sv1Kauboid8



The wrestlers:

https://youtu.be/oYCbaVi0Yiw

Tour of Asakusa and the surrounding area

Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree
#About the Tallest Tower in Tokyo

Skytree, is the tallest tower in the world and the second tallest building in history. In recent years, the needle shaped Skytree had become one of the symbols of Tokyo and Japan.

The Skytree is 634 meters high, twice the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It was built for about three and a half years, at a cost of $820 million. At the top of the tower are two viewpoints, one at heights of 350 meters and the other 450 meters above the city.

By the way, the Tokyo Solamachi Canyon, at the bottom or base of the Tokyo Skytree, is a great place to release the lust for shopping nesting in all of us. It also has a great aquarium called the Sumida Aquarium.

The observation of Mt. Fuji from the Tokyo Skytree, the volcano that is Japan's highest mountain, is wonderful. From here you can watch it from 100 kilometers away. This is one of the most beautiful Japanese sights, especially for those who choose not to go hiking.

The tower itself was damaged by the earthquake that hit Japan in 2011, but it survived and construction slowed down for only two months, proving the strength of Japanese construction technology and its resilience to earthquakes.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Q6sZbHxCOu8



A View Above the City:

https://youtu.be/m_Le1Kqk6TI



Tokyo Solamachi Mall below:

https://youtu.be/IsyVAcvlRo0



The Sumida Aquarium In the Mall:

https://youtu.be/6eW8Sz8SGRs


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