Asakusa, Japan

Kaminari is one of the two large gates leading to Sensoji Temple.

One of the famous sites to see in Japan for tourists is the Asakusa Shrine in the center of Tokyo. The area of Sensoji Temple is one of the few remaining places in Tokyo that survived the air raids from World War II. Because of its rich history, the government of Japan designates and lists the area as an Important Cultural Property.

The shrines and temples are definitely a contrast of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. You can definitely feel the richness of the Buddhist culture. Tradition has been preserved and still being practiced.

My cousin Jay asked us to get or feel the smoke from the incense burner and wash our hands and mouth with the water. It's like a purification process, to keep us away from all things evil. We're not Buddhists but I think there's no harm in trying it.

My siblings and I posing with the Hozomon Gate.

If I'm not mistaken this is the newly renovated main hall, the Hondo shrine. There's a beautiful altar inside where people can offer prayers.

That's the five story high Pagoda called Gojunoto.

My sister and brother posing with my cousin Jay.

Don't forget to check out the stores at Nakamise street located in between Kaminari and Hozomon gates. In here you'll find a lot of Japanese traditional items for sale such as kimonos, samurai and other travel souvenirs like posts cards, fridge magnets, etc. There are food stalls selling fresh and authentic Japanese treats like mochi and rice crackers.

Tourism is definitely boosting in this side of Tokyo. As you see from the photo above, Asakusa is a few minutes walk from the Tokyo Skytree.