Senso-ji Temple

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March, 2017

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We took the boat cruise over from Odabia to Asakusa to visit Senso-ji temple. There is a boat that takes you directly – a very space age looking one – which we just missed. So the trip is a little longer as you have to change at Hinode Pier. Not too bad as they serve the most amazing ice cream there.

It’s a short walk from the boat cruise stop or the metro/railway stations. You cannot really get lost. We just wandered around until we came to the temple which was astounding. Although the temple is quite new in the main – the Japanese believe in rebuilding ancient monuments not allowing them to decay!

Unfortunately the Pagoda was in scaffolding when we visited and I believe there are works ongoing until Sept 2017. It did not affect our visit we threw coins in the shrine and did the wafting of the incense onto us to bring good health. You can shake a can to get your fortune, you got to a draw and match the symbols, however, you really need to know Japanese to do this and apparently not many of them are good ones.
We found a wonderful restaurant which we thought would be pricey due to the proximity to the Temple but it was really reasonable – unfortunately I don’t know the address, but you will find many as you wander the Nakamise street and the surrounding streets. Don’t forget to look up – some buildings have statues on them as if they are climbing on the buildings.

Best of all it is free!

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