07 Desember 2011

Temples In Tokyo – Long Before The City Was Born

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From the beautiful cherry blossom trees to the glistening skyscrapers, Tokyo is a masterful blend of the old and the new. It features all the right ingredients for a prosperous future and a blessed after life. Irrespective of its fast paced nature, the city has its feet planted firmly on the ground. Make sure to watch a sumo wrestling match, walk amidst the age old temple, sample the delectable cuisine, purchase some electronics and stroll amidst streets bathed in neon.

There are so many things to see and do in Japan. Of the many popular tourist attraction to see in the city, some places worth visiting are the national park-Daisetsuzan, the Dewa Sanzan which are the three scared mountains, Kamakura a small city full of historic treasures, Takayama a beautifully preserved town, the Alpine Route, the landscaped garden next to Shidome Hama Rikyu, the Imperial Palace, the nation’s largest fish market, Tsukiji Fish Market, the electronic market Akihabara and the beautifully landscaped garden of Koishikawa Korakuen.

The traveller looking to gain a keener perspective of this ancient civilization will find the temples in and around the city are a great way and means of doing so. There are four such temples that are most popular among both tourists and locals – Sensoji Temple, Gokuku-ji Temple, Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple and Zojoji Temple. The oldest and most popular of them all is Sensoji Temple located in the bustling section of Asakusa. Gokuku-ji Temple can be found in the Bunkyo-ku ward, whilst Tsukiji Hongan-ji is located in Tsukiji and Zojoji is in Minatoku.

Many of the temples are Buddhist, and the influence of Buddhism on its denizens is apparent from the local worshippers who come each day in prayer and meditation. Many of the temples were destroyed in WWII, however, the few their remains have been lovingly restored and taken care of by government bodies and generous donors.  
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