Sunday, 6 December 2015

Asakusa and Sensouji

Kaminarimon. Sensouji
The last place I visited on my whistle-stop tour of Tokyo last month was Sensouji in Asakusa. 
It was really pretty, although everyone's umbrellas got in the way of taking photos... 
Ah well, that just means I have an excuse to go back, right?

First up, a warning: Asakusa's Kanji is 浅草
and Sensouji's kanji is 浅草寺
It's the same kanji, but with a different reading.
Asakusa is a really cute area of Tokyo, couldn't be more different from Akihabara, which we had just visited that morning.

Asakusa, Tokyo

Asakusa, Tokyo

Asakusa
The street leading up to Sensou-ji was packed with shops selling souvenirs and 'Japanese' stuff. If you need to buy omiyage (souvenirs), this is your stop.

Asakusa

We went through the famous Kaminarimon:
Kaminarimon, Sensouji

Sensouji was pretty, but also pretty packed.

Sensouji, Asakusa

Sensouji, Asakusa


Sensouji, Asakusa
 Apparently, if you waft the incense smoke over your face. you will have one hundred years' good luck.
Asakusa, Sensouji

Marcus and I also did our fortunes: You pay 100 yen and you get a stick with a random number on it, and the number is the drawer you choose your fortune from.
I got 'bad luck'. So I had to tie my fortune on to this metal grid, which is supposed to negate the bad luck.







There was a shrine right next to Sensouji, so of course we popped in to have a look:

looking towards Sensouji:



After Sensouji, I went back to Tokyo Station, had a very teary farewell with Marcus, and hopped back on the Shinkansen.
That's all for now, but I'm going back to Tokyo for sure :)
Thanks for reading!
-Amy xoxo
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