Sensoji, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, is a Buddhist temple in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples, as well as the oldest and most significant temple. The legend says, that in 628 two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, from the Sumida River, and although they put the statue back in the river, she always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon. The temple was completed in 645.
The entrance to the Nakamise-dori, which leads to the temple, is determined by 1960 rebuilt Kaminari-mon, Thunder Gate. It is the outer gate of the Sensoji Temple and the symbol of Asakusa and the entire city of Tokyo. At this imposing structure is a huge paper lantern.
A shopping street of over 200 meters, called Nakamise, leads from the outer gate to the second gate of the temple, the Hozomon. The shopping street has a history of several centuries. Behind the Hozomon Gate stands the main hall of the temple and a five-story pagoda. The buildings destroyed in the war are relatively new reconstructions. The Asakusa Shrine, built by Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1649, stands just a few tens of meters to the left of the temple’s main building.