Asakusa Sensoji

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple

The oldest temple in the city of Tokyo and the most visited spiritual place in the world, with more than 30 million visitors a year is the important Buddhist temple Sensoji, located in the traditional Asakusa district.

History of Sensoji

The history of this temple dates back to 628 when the Hinokuma brothers found a statue of the goddess Kannon, goddess of godliness in the Buddhist pantheon on the Sumida River. The brothers took the statue to the village chief’s house and explained what had happened. Hajino Nakamoto, then governor of what we know today as Asakusa, realized that this statue was sacred and had been sent by the gods to protect the village. Therefore, the governor remodeled his own house and in the center of the village the Kannon temple was founded, this was the basis of today’s Sensoji, becoming the oldest temple in Tokyo.

In the Edo period, this temple was growing and became the meeting point for the citizens of Asakusa. The same Tokugawa clan gave him protection. At the end of the Edo Period, many stores were formed near the temple to support the economic growth of the city, but when the Meiji period arrived, the entire market area, now called Nakamise Dori, was remodeled in western style. Unfortunately with the great Tokyo earthquake, the stores were severely affected. The entire site was rebuilt again and completed in 1925. Very sadly, the United States Air Force had no compassion with the cultural, spiritual and historical heritage of the “Sensoji”, being on March 10, 1945 brutally bombarded until being in ashes at the end of the war, all the villagers set out to rebuild the temple again, and this was done. The temple was one of the first in all of Japan to be rebuilt after the war, becoming the symbol of hope of the people of Tokyo, the symbol of reconstruction after the stormy war.

In 2012, it was completed near the “Sensoji” temple, the tallest tower in the world called “Tokyo Sky Tree”. Today, when you arrive at Sensoji, you can see this magnificent contrast in the oldest temple in Tokyo and in the background the most modern tower in the world.

Sensoji Temple

In 2012, it was completed near the “Sensoji” temple, the tallest tower in the world called “Tokyo Sky Tree”. Today, when you arrive at Sensoji, you can see this magnificent contrast in the oldest temple in Tokyo and in the background the most modern tower in the world.

Currently the temple is visited by a large number of international tourists and in the new “Nakamise Dori” you can find typical objects of Japanese culture, such as t-shirts or flags of the country.

Sensoji enclosures can also be visited at night, combining a magical and spiritual environment that makes you understand the greatness of Japanese spirituality.

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