Japan is dotted with Buddhist temples and Shinto Shrines. Both are a must see because they give one a perspective into the culture and practices of the Japanese people. There are 2 big places to see in Tokyo, the Sensoji Temple and the Meiji Shrine.
This temple is located right in busy Asakusa. The entrance is lined by souvenir shops and Japanese snack shops and sweets in a street leading to the temple called Nakamise St. Great way to try all sorts of Japanese snacks.
There is the usual Buddhist temple entrance with the big lantern at the center, and 2 statues to the sides(guarding the temple). The big lantern has some writings on it. As well as the fortune telling part( one chooses one's good or bad fortune based on chance), plus the writing of one's wishes on placards. All in all very much geared to tourists, very crowded, and noisy, but a must see unless one is visiting Nara or Kyoto, then the temples and shrines in Tokyo can be skipped.
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