After visiting Tokyo Skytree during my two-day trip to Tokyo I worked my way down to the new train station to work my way back into town. Many people had suggested the Asakusa area so I got off at the Asakusa station, just a few stops from the tower. I didn’t have any specific plans or maps but I quickly found my way to a highly populated area before the Senso Temple grounds. Between the Kaminari (lightning) Gate and the Hozo
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If you happened to read the first part of my Shitenno-ji tour you may have felt a vague sense of disappointment, incompleteness, or even confusion. Don’t worry, all is answered here as our little tour moves past the gates and into the ground of the oldest state sponsored Buddhist Temple in Japan (the buildings aren’t the oldest, since they’ve been rebuilt, but the ground is the same-ish). According to the English Language pamphlet provided with my entry fee, “Shitennoji was founded in 593 by
Shitenno-ji is located in Osaka, Japan. It is the first Buddhist temple to be built by the state, specifically under the direction of Prince Shotoku. The Prince had a significant hand in promoting Buddhism in Japan during the 6th Century. The architecture is similar to Nara’s Horyuji Temple with a main gate, lecture hall, five-story pagoda, golden hall, and other structures. Unlike Horyuji, which holds the world’s oldest wooden building, Shitenno-ji has been rebuilt several times. Still, the grounds are
Kyoto lays claim to many beautiful temples, shrines, and historic places. One less well-known spot is the Sanjusangendo (33 length hall). The inside of the hall boasts over a thousand statues, but the area surrounding the hall is almost as interesting as the interior. Here’s a few pictures from one of the gardens on the property.
Nara is known for the wandering semi-tame deer and Todai-ji temple. As you can see from this hilarious, but truthful sign, the deer are kept tame only by the shika-senbei available for sale to feed them. They still do crazy things when tourist season winds down, but are fat and lazy during the busy periods. Todai-ji is the home of the largest bronze daibutsu (buddha) in the largest wooden building in the world. Below are some pictures of the area surrounding the