Following Part 1, after strolling around Nakamise-dori（仲見世通り、Nakamise-dori Street）, eating and shopping, we finally reached the main hall of Senso-ji; you’ll see it after passing through the second arch.
Whenever I visit Senso-ji（浅草寺、Senso-ji temple）, I always get attracted by the Omikuji (おみくじ、fortune slip).
The Omikuji at Senso-ji is very famous, so there are always a lot of people trying out their lucks for the fortune slips.
The sound of shaking the Omikuji-Bako （おみくじ箱）makes it very hard to not try it out!
There are a lot of booths like this in Senso-ji, which are for the Omikuji.
The way of fortune picking in Senso-ji is self-serviced. Many Shrines and Temples also do the same.
You need to first put 100 JPY in the coin slot before taking the Omikuji-Bako (the box with lots of wood / bamboo sticks with numbers written on it).
Shake the Omikuji-Bako around as you like.
When you are ready, flip the Omikuji-Bako upside down, so the little hole on the top is now facing down, shake it a few times up and down so a fortune stick will come out.
Follow the number written on the stick and open the little drawer with the same number to take the fortune slip out.
Remember to put the stick back to the correct Omikuji-bako.
If you have trouble reading the number, you can always hand your number to a staff at the counter, they will be more than happy to assist you.
This is usually how you do Omikuji in Japan, but depending on the shrine / temple, the process may be different.
It is famous that Senso-ji’s fortune slips have a lot of bad fortunes, so it is extra special to get a good fortune at this temple!
I was lucky to get a good fortune! It wasn’t my first time but to get it in Senso-ji still makes me really happy!
There are English and Japanese explanations on the back of the Omikuji.
If you get a bad fortune, remember to tie your Omikuji at the specified places and leave it in the temple so you’re bad luck would not follow you.
If you get a good fortune, bring it with you, you can put it in your wallet to carry with.
The censer at Senso-ji is also very famous, you’ll see many people standing around it and waving trying to get the smoke onto them; it is said that getting the smoke on you will bring you good luck.
You should definitely visit the main hall and pay your respect to the Kannon（観音）.
But do be aware that at a lot of the temples and shrines in Japan, you’re not allowed to take pictures of the inner part of the halls, especially where the Buddhas are placed. When you are visiting, take a look around for signs before taking out your camera or phone to take pictures!
There are many cute gardens and other shrines around the main hall of Senso-ji. Take a look around before heading to your next destination.
Last time we stopped by Asakusa Jinja (浅草神社、Asakusa Jinja Shrine), which is located right next to the main hall of Senso-ji.
Other than Senso-ji and Nakamise-dori, there are many other places worth visiting in Asakusa area!
One of the famous ones are the view near the Sumida river. The spot is very close to Senso-ji, from there you’ll be able to see the famous Tokyo Skytree and Asahi beer building.
During New Years, Senso-ji is also a popular place for New Year worships, if you would like to experience the New year day worship in Japan, you can choose to visit Senso-ji….you’ll definitely be able to experience crowds of people lol
There are lots and lots of interesting places to visit in Asakusa area; it is also an area full of history where you can experience the traditional Japanese in Tokyo.
There are many restaurants and shops which have a long history.
Visited on 2016/02, 2016/06, 2016/11
- Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032
- Access: Asakusa station（浅草駅）, 5 to 7 minutes on foot
- Opening hours: Summer (April – September) 06:00 – 17:00; Winter (October – March) 06:30 – 17:00; Light-ups at night usually starts after sunset to around 23:00; you can access the temple area anytime, though the shops and main hall won’t be open, you can still pay your respect. Open all year.
- Fees: Free to worship
- Time needed: About 45 minutes (Including Nakamise-dori and Senso-ji)
- Website: Senso-ji (English, Chinese, and Korean version available)
- All Images: TabiScarp