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The Shrine Next To A Temple
Located in Tokyo’s Asakusa district is the famous Senso Temple (Senso-ji) and what most people might not be aware of is that the Asakusa Shrine is located on the east side of the temple.
Why are a temple (Buddha) and a shrine (God) located in the same place? The Senso-ji was constructed first by three fishermen for the purpose of worship and later on, the Asakusa Shrine was constructed in order to worship the 3 men as deities.
The Asakusa shrine is also referred to as ‘Sanja Daigongen,’ which means ‘three great gods,’ and every year in May the Sanja Matsuri (festival) is held to honor the three men. This festival is considered the largest in the Asakusa district.
The Mikomai, or the ceremonial dance of the shrine maidens, is a great experience for tourists, and the shrine also offers the experience of wearing a Yukata, a summer cotton Kimono. If you’re lucky, you might even witness a traditional Shinto wedding called Shinzen Kekkonshiki.
So, when visiting the Senso temple be sure not to forget to visit the Asakusa shrine for other cultural experiences.
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo