Tokyo - Asakusa, Matsuchiyamashoden - (Day 2 Part 2)

March 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

After my visit to Imado-jinja and walk along Sumida River it was time to start heading back towards Asakusa station and to get a bite to eat. Imado-jinja is about a 10-15 minute walk from Sensoji but I found too many interesting distractions along the way to make it back that quickly.

Stop number one was a beautiful local park. The park was very narrow but lengthy. This was the start of autumn and the leaves were just beginning to change color. This is the kind of park I would visit often if I lived in the area. It was extremely peaceful and offered a great view of the Tokyo Sky tree as well.

After being side tracked by the lovely park I got on my way again only to be distracted once again by the site of another temple entrance. It was still early in the morning so time was not really a concern I decided to explore further.

Honryuin also known as Matsuchiyamashoden temple does not appear on many tourists maps or guides at least not in English and that is a true shame. I loved this quite temple.  The temple enshrines Bishamonten (one of the Seven Lucky Gods).

Shoes at the entrance to the main hallShoes at the entrance to the main hall

As you walk around you will notice both Daikon (Japanese radish) and Kinchaku (Cutpurse) are themed throughout the temple complex on lanterns, tiles, pottery and more. They also sell fresh Daikon to present as an offering at the shrine. I saw several women doing this during my visit.

Japanese Daikon and flowersJapanese Daikon and flowers

The Daikon represents health and family harmony and the purses are to bring about financial success. My quick stop lasted about a half hour as I soaked in the atmosphere.

To see more photo's from Asakusa please visit my set: http://kfrates.zenfolio.com/p678304499

After my visit to Matsuchiyamashoden it was time for soem French Toast and Coffee at Excelsior Cafe located just across from Asakusa Station. I had a wonderful view from the 3rd floor of the cafe.

After this my next stop was one that was of particular interest to me as a fan of History, it was the final resting site of the 47 Ronin. If you are not familiar with the 47 Ronin I highly recommend you read about them. It is a very famous and interesting real life story of Japans History and is a tale of Honor and Revenge. The site is just a few stations away from Asakusa in Sengakuji.


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