The Tourist Attraction that ranks 7th in our list of Top 10 Tourist Attractions of the world is Sensō-ji Temple.
Sensō-ji (Asakusa Kannon Temple) is a famous ancient Buddhist temple situated in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, and it is one of Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant. It was earlier associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism and it became independent after World War II.
Sensoji Temple is also one among Tokyo's most colorful and popular shrines. According to the history, in the year 628, two brothers while fishing, found a statue of Kannon (the goddess of mercy) in the Sumida River. The statue kept retuning to them always, despite them putting the statue back into the river. Therefore, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The construction of the temple was completed in 645AD, making it Tokyo's oldest temple.
Tourists entering the temple have to enter through the Outer Thunder Gate (Kaminarimon). This outer gate is regarded as a symbol of the entire city of Tokyo and Asakusa. The outer gate lead to Nakamise, a shopping street of over 200 meters, which further leads to the temple's second gate (The Hozomon). A five storied pagoda and temple’s mail hall lie beyond the Hozomon Gate.
The shopping street is very famous among visitors of the shrine and has a history of several centuries. A tourist can very easily get folding fans, Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and various local traditional snacks from the shopping street (Nakamise).
Various events such as Annual fest of Asakusa Shrine (Sanja Matsuri), Asakusa Samba Carnival, and Hagoita Market (Hagoita-ichi) are conducted throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area.