The oldest temple in the city, Sensoji is one of the highlights of visiting Tokyo. But it is probably more accurate to refer to this as the Sensoji complex as there is more to see and do here than just visit the main temple (which is pretty impressive on its own).
If you enter from the south side you get to walk through the massive Thunder gate and then you walk along the very clean but busy shops of Nakamise that sell both high end collectibles and low end souvenirs. There are also numerous food shops along the way, but they prohibit walking and eating here so if you buy a snack, they will tell you that you have eat it there before continuing on your way.
Sensoji temple is massive, stunning and the huge number of rice barrels on either side indicate the temple’s wealth. When you are done, make sure you exit to the right and cross the walk way to a smaller temple with very colorful designs. Then continue north towards the very clean public restrooms. Across from them in the landscaping are several stone statues, including one of Ultraman! Yes, Japanese pop culture is honored along with the traditional culture at Sensoji.
Head back south from the rest rooms and take a quick left so that you are heading east to the Hikan Inari Shrine where you will see the fox gods that protect crops. Its small but unique. When you are done, head back west so that Sensoji temple is on your left. Go past it and then make a left so that you are working your way back south. This way you will see the Zenizuka Jizoson and some other smaller shrines.
When you get back to the main pedestrian through fare, turn left and you will see the Nakamise shops up ahead. As you approach Nakamise, on your left will be the Chingodo Shrine, dedicated to the Japanese raccoon god Tanuki. Definitely worth 15 minutes.
Cross Nakamise and keep heading east. You will see a handful of life size samurai statues on the buildings and a big Tanuki on your left. In a few blocks the pedestrian mall ends at a traffic street. If you make a right, you will be heading back to the Askausa metro stop.
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