Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and also one of the most significant. After a delicious chanko nabe lunch at the Chanko Tomoegata Restaurant in Ryogoku, my guide and I headed to the Senso-ji temple. It was a Sunday afternoon and the place was packed with tourists! Leading to the Senso-ji temple is a shopping street called Nakamise Dori. It is one of the best places in Tokyo to buy souvenirs like Japanese chopsticks, yukata, wooden combs, folding fans and textiles. It is also well-known for Japanese street food. It is a 2 minute walk from Asakusa Station.
Walking through the crowded Nakamise Dori, we approached the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), the outer gate of Sensoji Temple, also the symbol of Tokyo. As I entered the temple, I felt the devotion of the throngs of people coming in, as they lighted incense and offered their prayers. We spent some time absorbing the temple vibrations before heading to our next destination : Harajuku.