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Hōzōmon Gate, Tokyo

Hōzōmon Gate, Tokyo (must see)

The Hōzōmon is the inner gate that houses the treasures of the Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Tokyo. It has two floors and the temple treasures are stored on the upper floor.

The Hōzōmon was first built in 942 by the then military commander, Taira no Kinmasa. He prayed at the Senso-ji temple that he may become the Lord of Tokyo and built the gate in gratitude when he achieved his goal. The original gate was burned by a fire in 1631. The 3rd Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu rebuilt the Hozomon. This gate stood for 300 years till it was destroyed by the World War II bombings. The present Hōzōmon is a steel-reinforced structure built with fire-resistant materials for the safety of the temple treasures.

The Hōzōmon has two 5.5 meter tall statues of Nios or deities that guard Lord Buddha. It also has three large paper lanterns including one large and prominent red chochin donated by the residents of the town of Funamachi in 2003. They donated it to the temple to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Edo period. On either side are two copper lanterns weighing 1000 kilograms each. The treasures preserved in the upper floor are a copy of the Lotus Sutra, a designated Japanese national treasure, and the Issai Kyo, a complete collection of Buddhist scriptures that is designated as an important cultural property of Japan. At the back of the gate are two straw sandals called the Waraji.

Why You Should Visit:
Good for taking photos and quite impressive to admire.
You can get a beautiful view of the Senso-ji Temple complex from this vantage point.
Also a great place for local merchandise and street food!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6:30am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Hōzōmon Gate on Map

Sight Name: Hōzōmon Gate
Sight Location: Tokyo, Japan
Sight Type: Religious
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