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“ONE HUGE GATE”
Review of Hozomon

Hozomon
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Night walk around Asakusa's deep and hidden spots
Reviewed April 4, 2018

There seems to be three be gates, this being the closest to the temple. Many upon many photos (and selfies) are taken with this gate as the backdrop. But one should take a moment and really look at it, there is so much culture in this edifice.

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Reviewed March 30, 2018

It is the middle gate reconstructed in 1964. Nio (the Deva Kings) are enshrined in the niched as the guardian of the temple. This gate houses treasures in the upper room of the gate, including a whole set of Buddhist scriptures copied in the 14th century. Sakura trees in blooming season is especially must see place.

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Reviewed March 21, 2018

We're always happy to reach Hozomon, the entrance gate closest to Senso-Ji Temple, because that means we have escaped Nakamese Shopping Street. This narrow pedestrian thoroughfare holds dozens of stalls, selling everything from souvenirs to sandals. It runs between Kaminarimon and Hozomon entrance gates and attracts huge numbers of visitors. As expected on our most recent visit to the temple, the crowd dwindled considerably by Hozomon.

Visitors there either passed through one of the two-story red gate's three entry areas or paused to take photos of the 74-foot-tall, 69-foot-wide beauty. I especially like the three lanterns at the entries -- a red and black one hanging in the center, flanked by smaller copper creations. A guardian deity of the Buddha appears in a small enclosure within the gate on each side. After we passed under the red-and-black lantern, I turned to look at the rear of the gate and my favorite details there. These are two massive straw sandals, each weighing about 880 pounds.

Hozomon first went up in 942 A.D. and has been replaced twice. The second replacement occurred in 1964 because the gate burned down during the Tokyo air raids of 1945.

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Reviewed March 4, 2018

Warm environment, a must see when being in Tokyo. A Sunday market around the temple with all you can eat and drink.

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Reviewed February 24, 2018

Of course you already know by know that this is a gate to the entrance of the Senso Ji Temple. There will be crowds here trying to get pictures and selfies. Relax, breathe and wait your turn. It’s going to be okay because the difference here is crowds are mannered in Japan. Whereas in other parts of the world, crowds equal pushing and shoving and disrespect. Here it means, simply wait your turn and you will be next for your selfie. Besides, it’s worth the wait as you can get a beautiful view of the Senso Ji Temple complex from this vantage point. I’d say go early, but it probably still will be crowded. We went at midday and it was packed. Just enjoy it and go with the flow.

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