Kaminarimon Gate / Nakamise Shopping Street
Kaminarimon is one of two large gates guarding the entrance to Sensoji Temple at the center of the Asakusa Temple complex. The large hanging chochin, paper lantern, is a symbol of the area and easily recognized by all Japanese. On both sides of the gate are two guardian gods, Fujin is the god of wind and Raijin is the god of thunder. The correct name for this gate is the “Furaijinmon” because of the gods standing on both sides of the entrance. From the front gate to the main temple structure is a long 250m path with wonderful and eclectic shops lining the sides. This enjoyable shopping area is called the Nakamise Street and is considered one of the oldest shopping arcades in all of Japan. Most of these shops have a long history with some even dating back hundreds of years. Wander the side streets in search of gourmet shops very popular with foodies. Visiting the area at night when most of the visitors have gone is also a fun experience to see the temple lit up and feel the history of the area.
2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
Temples/shrines, shopping complex, Attractions
No closing days
A 5 minute walk from Asakusa station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line
A 3 minute walk from A4 exit of Asakusa station on the Toei Oedo line
A 3 minute walk from Asakusa station on the Tobu Isesaki line
A 10 minute walk from Asakusa station on the Tsukuba Express line
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