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One of the main tourist attractions from Tokyo, the Senso-ji complex draws many visitors who come to admire the spectacular Five-story Pagoda and the majestic Main Hall[...]

Inside the same complex, to the right of the Main Hall and marked with stone torii, is located one of the most famous Shinto shrines from Tokyo, the Asakusa Shrine. Over the years, I noticed that many foreign tourists are almost ignoring it - a mistake not made by the Japanese visitors…
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A Japan Photo per Day - Asakusa Sanja-sama
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How could those tourist missed teh Asakusa Shrine!
 
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Hmm, this may be the only thing of Lili's that I've seen with which I'd disagree. I think a lot of people, including born-and-bred Tokyo residents and tourists from other parts of Japan as well as foreign visitors, miss the Asakusa Shrine. So my point of disagreement is that I think even many Japanese visitors are missing this shrine which is obscured by its surroundings. I definitely agree it's oft-overlooked and it's good she called it out. I discovered it from looking at overhead "satellite" views and had missed it on my first visit to the area. None of the Japanese citizens I know were aware of it, even those who had grown up in Tokyo and lived there for decades. Most visitors start at the Kaminarimon, come down Nakamise-dori and are funneled through the Hōzōmon and right into the main Sensō-ji temple building. A glance to the right (east) suggests that there is a merely a park off in that direction and the majority of folks don't explore further and discover the Asakusa Shrine, which is modest in size.... I've never seen a split where a majority of Japanese pedestrians drift off to the east to see Asakusa while foreign tourists head straight, regardless of whether they were headed north or south. I will agree that more Japanese than foreign visitors make it to the Asakusa Shrine; I would just assert that the majority of visitors, regardless of origin, are oblivious to its existence and never get off the straight line defined by Nakamise-dori.
 
Did you go behind the Asakusa Shrine to the Inari Shrine behind it? I think that one's even more missed, and it's absolutely lovely.
 
Yes, that one! claps hands Thanks for featuring it, I didn't realise I missed it. :)
 
yes, and you know? Sometimes its a blessing, less crowds and more chance to do more things
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