20 August 2013

Tokyo Day Trip: Sensoji Temple & Tokyo Skytree

As you already read and watched the video in the previous sneak peak post, last Wednesday I went to areas called Asakusa and Sumida in Tokyo to visit two of Tokyo's outstanding tourism spots. They are Sensoji Temple and Tokyo Skytree. Even though those two places are located in different wards, they can be reached by walking.

Sensoji Temple
Sensoji is Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple, and known affectionately by people all over Japan as the temple of Asakusa Kannon (Kannon is also known as The Goddess of Mercy in Buddhism). It was once destroyed by fire during air raids in World War II, but subsequent donations by people all over the country made it possible to be reconstructed again. Sensoji attracts not only visitors from all over Japan but worldwide tourists as well. It is said that Sensoji draws about 30 millions visitors every year, remaining an important center of worship and the must visit sightseeing place in Tokyo.


Here I was, posing in front of the famous Sensoji Temple's Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), the symbol of Asakusa as well as the entire city of Tokyo. As you can see in the first photo, from afar I caught somewhat like sea of human and I was preparing myself to be able to pose just exactly near that big lantern after slipped back and forth.


 Nakamise, a row of shops which we can soon find it after passing the Kaminarimon (outter gate) and it stretches about  200 meters long until the Hozomon (the second gate). I spotted a lot of interesting souvenirs all along the way.


Okay, let's continue our walks. We're drawing closer to Hozomon and the temple's main hall ;)

Hozomon or the second gate of Sensoji Temple

The five storied pagoda, stands adjacent to the main hall

The main hall, surrounded with the Omikuji houses 

The closer look of the main hall

 
Voila ! I love these cute  girls <3


Tokyo Skytree as seen from Sensoji Temple area


Nitenmon

Tokyo Skytree
Done with Asakusa's Sensoji Temple, around 3 p.m. my friend Maru and I continued our journey to Tokyo Skytree. Despite the extremely hot day it was, we walked happily and often stopped for awhile to snap interesting views that we caught along the way.

 The sky tree is looking somewhat near but actually it still took quite some minutes to reach the actual place in where it is planted

Sumida river 
Sumida river is famous for its fabulous firework festival in Summer. Sumida river firework festival is one of the biggest and the most awaited firework festivals in Japan. Wish that someday I can watch it ! I'm sure it's gonna be stunning.

Yeay, I touched it ! xD

See the reflection of  the sky tree?


It's not difficult to find creative things in Japan

Height: 634 meters
Building scale: 31 levels above ground and 3 basement levels

The construction of Tokyo Skytree was completed on 29 February 2012 and was opened for public on 22 May 2012. One of its main purposes is to relay television and radio broadcast signals since its predecessor, Tokyo Tower (333 meters) is no longer giving complete digital terrestrial television broadcasting coverage because it is surrounded by many high rise buildings.

In 2010, it was regarded as the the tallest structure in Japan. In March 2011, it became the tallest tower in the world displacing the Canton Tower in China. It is also regarded as the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa in Dubai.


The day was getting dark, so we decided to end the journey and  headed to Oshiage station, catching a train to get back to dorm.


See you in the next post ! 
xx,


Shabrina

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