Spending Autumn in Japan – Asakusa Temple (Part 3)

Located north-east of central Tokyo, Asakusa is famous for one of the many Buddhist temples that are found in Japan. The place was really lively, filled with tourists.  On the way to the temple, the paths were lined up with shops, where souvenirs could be bought ranging from Japanese fans, key chains, stuffed toys to sweets of different assortments.

We managed to get a couple of things but the stuff that was sold here were slightly more expensive. In general, you’re not allowed to bargain in Japan. So the prices are fixed. If you’re not happy with the price tag,  you have no choice but to look elsewhere. I guess the amount of tourists here were most likely the cause for the hike in price.

Doesn’t it look more like a bazaar to you? It didn’t feel temple-ish at all to me. I guess it’s the same all year round.

Another thing about Japan that never cease to amaze me was how civilized the citizens were. If you look closely, there’s no litter lying on the ground. And there’s no rubbish bins too! We tried searching for one high and low, and we gave up. We had no choice but to keep the food wrappers in our pockets until we’re back at the hotel to dispose of them. I’ve asked my cousin-in-law (who’s a Japanese) once, of why it would be so difficult to locate a bin. He replied, “To avoid bomb threats”. O… kay. How often do you hear a bomb threat in Japan? As compared to the other countries?

Here we were, right in front entrance to the temple that everyone had been flocking to, including school children. Beyond the gate lies the main temple grounds.

And behold, the ever famous Kannon Temple. We did not go any further than that because it was really crowded inside. And besides, it was smoky too. Once we’ve finished up the little red-bean stuffed pastry we bought along the way, we made our way back. I would recommend this place for first timers if you’ve not seen it in real life, but other than that, this place had nothing much else to offer.

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