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Places (POIs) visited during this tour

Place #1
Distance: 0.02mi , Attraction : Directions
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2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
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Please make your way to Kaminarimon Gate to begin our walk through Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan.

Place #2
Distance: 0.02mi , Attraction : Gate
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2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan
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Kaminarimon Gate
Beginning our tour through Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan, we stand at the Kaminarimon Gate. This is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Tokyo, especially because of the large red lantern known as the Chonchin. This is the symbol of Asakusa and even one of the main symbols for the whole city of Tokyo. Seeing the Chonchin in person is quite astounding, the size of just the lantern itself is seriously impressive. The gate’s more formal name is “Furaijinmon”, translating to “the gate of the wind god and thunder god”. Statues stand on either side of the gate of the two deities Fujin, the Wind God, and Raijin, the Thunder God. They are believed to protect the Sensō-ji Temple and its visitors. We will see the temple soon enough! 

On the other side of the gate are statues of the Buddhist spirits, Tenryu and Kinryu. They are male and female water dragon spirits who are there to protect the gate from any more fires such as those in the past that have destroyed the gate many times. It’s unclear when the gate was first constructed but it is believed to be around the year 942. The only pieces of the original gate that was persevered were the two heads of the wind and thunder gods. 

The Kaminarimon Gate is one of the most photographed locations in Tokyo, making it a very popular destination. If you get a chance to come back to the gate in the evening, the gate is illuminated with its lights. It’s a truly spectacular sight. 

Standing as such an iconic landmark for the city, but also the country of Japan, it is the perfect place to begin our tour!

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Tour itinerary stops | Additional places you'll see on this self-guided tour

Map Pin Place 1 Asakusa
Map Pin Place 2 Kaminarimon Gate
Map Pin Place 3 Nakamise-dori Street
Map Pin Place 4 Hōzōmon Gate
Map Pin Place 5 Sensō-ji Temple
Map Pin Place 6 Five-Storied Pagoda
Map Pin Place 7 Yōgō-dō
Map Pin Place 8 Asakusa Shrine
Map Pin Place 9 Nitenmon Gate
Map Pin Place 10 Directions
Map Pin Place 11 7-Eleven
Map Pin Place 12 Soba Noodle & Shabu Shabu
Map Pin Place 13 Sumida Park
Map Pin Place 14 Directions
Map Pin Place 15 Sumida River Walk
Map Pin Place 16 Directions
Map Pin Place 17 Sumida Park Breeze Plaza
Map Pin Place 18 Tokyo Mizumachi
Map Pin Place 19 Directions
Map Pin Place 20 Directions
Map Pin Place 21 Sumo Stable
Map Pin Place 22 Directions
Map Pin Place 23 FamilyMart
Map Pin Place 24 Directions
Map Pin Place 25 Tokyo Skytree

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