Our accidental visit at the sacred Toshogu shrine in Tokyo. Yes, you’ve read it right, accidental as we didn’t know that Toshogu shrine is right next to Ueno Zoo.
Toshogu shrine is an attractive golden shrine that some people consider as a hidden shrine inside of Tokyo. However, Toshogu shrine was not built for worships. Rather to house or enshrine the fallen legends. This shrine was dedicated to the memory of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Who is the first shōgun and founder of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan.
The Tokugawa Shogunate completely ruled Japan from the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868.
If you will visit Ueno park and zoo, do not miss out Toshogu Shrine. Coming out of the exit gate of Ueno Zoo, head to your right. Do not take the left as you would miss seeing the entrance/gate of the shrine. To clarify, Toshogu shrine can easily be missed as the entrance is not visible from afar. Probably that’s the reason why some people says it’s a hidden shrine.
Sensō-ji temple is one of the popular tourist destinations in Asakusa, Tokyo Japan. There are few reasons why it is popular. Firstly, this is the oldest Temple in Japan. This is also where you can find the Red Giant paper lantern on its gate. Moreover, people go here to do their rituals and make wishes. In addition, locals says that the temple brings good luck and happiness to those who visit.
Locals also believe that you can tell your fortune here. There are areas where you can do the ritual. You wont miss this, as you will see a lot of people shaking a rectangular bin. This bin has a lot of sticks inside it, where you get to choose one.
Once you pulled the stick out of the bin, you have to find the sign on your stick that matches the sign on the small drawers. In these small drawers you will find your fortune which they believe something that you attract.
However, not all fortunes told are good fortunes. They said, it also depends on each individual. For instance, the fortune you got is not something good, don't worry, as you can do a ritual which can oppose this. You just have to tie "Bad-Luck Fortune" paper you got on the racks found near the posts. Once you do this, as believed, the Gods would take extra care of you.
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