Private Tour - Pilgrimage to Asakusa's Prestigious Temples & Shrines
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Take a journey of fortune and embark on the Shichifukujin Meguri, a tradition with 400 years of history.
Asakusa, where the culture of the Edo folk bloomed, is home to many temples and shrines with rich histories and interesting features. Since 400 years ago during the Edo Period (1603-1868), people have been visiting the seven temples and shrines enshrined with each of the Shichifukujin, the Seven Gods of Fortune, to pray for good fortune for the year. Each of the Shichifukujin has their own unique qualities and blessings to bestow. It is believed that by visiting the seven gods, one can be blessed with seven fortunes and avoid seven misfortunes.
Even in modern-day Japan, this kind of temple and shrine pilgrimage has become a trend under the radar. Customers may receive a stamp called goshuin as a memento of the visit at each temple and shrine, so there is also an element of joy in stamp-collecting. This charming custom makes it popular among young people as well.
This tour goes around Asakusa, visiting 7 temples and shrines along the way. It is recommended for those who want to see not only the bustling Senso-ji Temple but also the quiet townscapes.
- Be open to receiving blessings on this tour visiting 7 temples and shrines. No doubt this will be a lucky journey!
- A handwritten goshuin (stamp) presented to worshippers can be collected. Each temple and shrine has a different design, making it a great keepsake from your journey.
- A trip to each temple and shrine takes one on a full trip around Asakusa, making this tour a great choice for those who want to take in the downtown atmosphere.
This is a private tour that can be booked for 1 to 6 people. Customers can have an enjoyable tour with people they know at their own pace.
- This tour promotes Eco-friendly efforts as stated under Sunrise Tours' Sustainable Development Goals.
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10:00- Meet at Asakusa Station (G19, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line) Exit 1 Asakusa Station (G19, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line) Exit 1
10:20-10:45 25(min) Matsuchiyama Shoden (Honryuin) This temple is famous for two-pronged radishes symbolizing good health, matchmaking, and spousal relationships; and a pouch symbolizing business prosperity. Enshrined here is Bishamonten, the god of courage and fortune.
10:50-11:05 15(min) Imado Shrine This shrine is famous for being the birthplace of the beckoning cats called "maneki neko." There are images of the beckoning cats throughout the grounds! The shrine is visited by those praying for good relationships, and it has many female worshippers. Fukurokuju, the god associated with good luck, health and fortune, is enshrined here.
11:20-11:40 20(min) Hashiba Fudo-son This small, unassuming hall evokes the beauty of the architectural style of the Edo Period (1603-1868). Here, the god of happiness and better fortune Hotei is enshrined.
12:00-12:40 40(min) Baigetsu Frequented by regular customers, this soba shop is brimming with a nostalgic atmosphere cherished by the locals. Aside from soba, there are udon noodles and rice bowl dishes as well. Enjoy a Japanese-style meal!
12:50-13:10 75(min) Yoshiwara Shrine Enshrined here is Benzaiten, the only female among the Shichifukujin. It is said that she answers prayers especially those of women, and bestows blessings related to the arts and relationships.
13:15-13:35 20(min) Otori Shrine This shrine features a lavish, large bamboo rake, and is famous for the Tori no Ichi Festival where lucky bamboo rakes are sold. One of the shrine's iconic symbols is Okame-san, a mask used in Japan's Noh theater. Try to stroke the Okame's face for good luck! One of the Shichifukujin, the god of health and longevity, Jurojin, is enshrined here.
13:55-14:15 20(min) Asakusa Shrine Ebisu, one of the Shichifukujin gods associated with good luck and better fortune, is enshrined at Asakusa Shrine, which is deeply connected to the famous sightseeing spot Senso-ji Temple. This shrine is famous for the Sanja Matsuri, one of Tokyo's three greatest festivals.
14:20-15:00 40(min) Senso-ji Temple This is Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple with a large red paper lantern that has turned into a symbol of Asakusa. With a vermilion hue that's a sight to behold, this sightseeing spot is so popular; it's highly likely everyone who comes to Japan visits here. The Nakamise shopping street, which stretches on towards the main hall, is lined with shops selling plenty of souvenirs only found in Japan, and is always bustling year round. Of the Seven Gods of Fortune, Daikokuten is enshrined at Senso-ji Temple.
15:05-15:25 20(min) Asakusa Nakamise Shopping Street Take a stroll around Asakusa's most bustling shopping spot. The tour will be guided to recommended shops for souvenirs, specialty items, and food. Don't forget to take pictures near Kaminarimon Gate!