Sensoji Temple & Rikugien Garden (04.09.10)

After a tiring first day at Ueno, we woke up late and still able to eat our breakfast at Sutton Place.  Free bread, milk, & coffee together with free internet access.

Our first stop was Sensoji Temple.  Sensoji temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon temple, is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa.  Took Ginza subway line from Ueno station to Asakusa.  Normal fare would be around 160 yen but depends on the number of stations.  There are one day pass tickets that you can avail.  You can check this fare guides for special tickets around Tokyo.

Tokyo subway train map (any complex train station map than this?).  There are English translation on the fare machines.  Prepare your coins.

Upon exit of Asakusa subway, you can see Japanese men wearing traditional clothes attracting tourist to ride on their wagon to roam around the temple.

Before reaching Sensoji temple, visitors will first enter through Kaminarimon (Thunder gate), outer gate of Sensoji and symbol of Asakusa.

A shopping street called Nakamise are lined with stores of about 200 meters that leads from the outer gate to the second gate of the temple.  You can find thousand of japanese souvenirs and even delicious traditional snacks.

Ice cream with lots of flavors

Outside of the second gate

Outside of Sensoji temple

Our 2nd stop of the day, at Rikugien garden.  Rikugien is one of Tokyo’s most beautiful, Japanese style landscape gardens.  Rikugien is quite a spacious garden with a central pond, islands, forested areas, man made hilss, and several tea houses.

It can be reached through Someinon gate, just a few steps of Komagome station on the JR Yamanote line or Namboku subway line.

Front gate of Rikugien garden

Beautiful cherry blossom trees inside the garden

Central pond of the garden

Under cherry blossom tree

It was indeed a beautiful landscape garden within the city.  It was a different kind of experience from a normal way of life living in a city.

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