- Type: Attractions
NileGuide Expert tip:
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- A millennium ago so the legend goes, the Hirokuma brothers found the statue of Kannon (the Bodhisattva of Mercy--the deity alleged to have great powers in purifying people and granting them true happiness) in their fishing nets and the village chief dutifully enshrined it.
The Asakusa Shrine was thus established in 1649 and the 3 persons in the legend were consecrated as gods of the shrine, hereby earning it the nickname Sanja-sama (the shrine of the 3 gods). Undoubtedly the most famous shrine in Tokyo, it also hosts the Sanja Festival in May.
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