Sensōji Temple • Sky Tree • Ghibli Museum – Tokyo, Japan

We started our first full day in mainland with room service!!! Our plan was to have a big hearty breakfast at the hotel, just snack during the day and have a big dinner. We did so many things on our 2nd day, because we were only spending two days in each city we wanted to fit in as much as we could in our time there. Our first stop was the Sensōji, the oldest and most popular buddhist temple in Tokyo. We were greeted in Asakusa by a giant outer gate, followed by a huge shopping street called Nakamise, which lead us to the gorgeous temple.

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A group of boys rubbing the tiny statue with their hands and heads. They were so cute!

1We were very tempted to take this tour but at ¥8,000 yen (roughly $80) we came to our senses and decided to pass.

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Before walking into the temple you are required to bow your head and then purify yourself. You can see people buying incense, lighting them up, chanting and trying to walf themselves with the smoke. There were no english signs so we didn’t buy incense but we took it all in by watching others. After you need to go to the water fountain, take a laddle to wash your hands and mouth before walking into the temple. There are also some offertory boxes around the temple.

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There were several statues of many different kids of Buddhas, lesser deities and guardians surrounding the temple where people would pray and leave offerings such as flowers and money. It was our first visit to a Buddhist temple, it was an amazing experience to just walk around for hours and take it all in.

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We stopped by some food vendors and decided on trying Agemanju, a fried cake with filling. G had the custard flavor and i had the original, which is a bean paste. God was it good, my mouth is watering just seeing this picture.

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We noticed the Tokyo Sky Tree as we were walking around Sensōji Temple, so we decided to make a pit stop there. We took the train there, walked up but realized it was too expensive a little too late. At ¥4,000 per person we did not want to spend over $80 just to take a peak at the skyline. Sometimes i find myself regretting it but oh well. We did however stop at the Coldstone Creamery and had some treats!

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Our next stop, was the Imperial Gardens but we didn’t do our research and it was closed that day, we did go back on our 3rd day! Then came the most awaited attraction of our trip, the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka. G and I are obsessed with Hayao Miyasaki’s movies and we knew it was a must do for this trip! We bought our tickets in Okinawa at Lawson, a japanese convenient store. To say we were excited is clearly and understatement. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, forcing us to enjoy the museum through our own eyes instead of through the camera lens and i am so thankful for this. The only pictures i was able to take were of the outside while we waited for our turn.

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • You take lovely photos. It's been a few years since I last visited Sensōji temple but I just re-lived the experience through your pics. Enjoy Tokyo!!!
    Claire xx
    somewhere… beyond the sea

  • Loving your pictures again! I get more and more excited about a trip to Tokyo just looking at your posts. It looks like you had such a fun time.

  • Kara

    We went to the top and the Skytree and the view was well worth it! We also saw the temple that day. I wish we would have made it to other cities, but instead, we spent 4 days in Tokyo.

  • the temple is so beautiful! I'm pinning this to remind myself to visit when I'm in Tokyo later this year 🙂

  • I love all of these pictures! My husband and I are planning on visiting and then moving to Japan in the future. The Agemanju looks delicious!

  • Such lovely photos! Makes me want to visit Tokyo again. When I went this year I went to the Ghibli Museum and loved it so much! I didn`t fit in a visit to Sensoji though, next time!

  • abby – little city adventures

    Oh my goodness that looks like a fun day! I love exploring new cities! The temple looks beautiful….I would have done the same and just wondered around, taking it all in. I find that sort of stuff quite interesting. And that fried cake….um looks delish! It's fried AND it's cake. You should probably try to make it at home and share a recipe 😉 thanks for sharing your wonderful photos…I've told ya before that I'm living through you since I've never left the US

  • Wow- such beautiful photos!! Tokyo looks like such an incredible place with a really cool atmosphere!

  • I'm pretty proud of Day 2's pictures!! haha 😛 Are you planning on another Tokyo trip soon? It was a blast!

  • See now you're making me totally regret it! Haha. We want to do another trip because we missed out on a couple of things, especially Disney!!

  • Yes! Sensoji is one of the most famous and gorgeous temples in Tokyo, so it's a must! 🙂 Can't wait to see where you go on your trip!

  • How exciting!!! We are in LOVE with life in Japan! I really hope you get to make the move sometime in the future! Where in Japan would you like to live?

  • The Ghibli Museum was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! We love Miyasaki's work soo much! and yeah you have to visit Sensoji next time you're in Tokyo! 🙂

  • *happy dance* i'm so proud of how these pictures turned out! haha hooray for getting better at handling my camera! Although i still have a lot to learn!

  • Yes, especially since we've never been to a Buddhist temple before! We walked around for ages just looking at people and taking all of the beauty in. I found the name and a recipe for the Agemanju and my husband wants me to make it! Now i just need to find the ingredients! Tokyo was so much fun! and i'm so happy to share these pics so you can live vicariously through me! 😛

  • Hopefully soon! There are so many trips I want to take so I need to find a way to budget for them all haha!

  • We aren't really sure yet. Still doing a lot of research and learning the language! Most likely some place quiet! :p

  • Your photos are great! And I'm so jealous you got to the Ghibli Museum! I've been wanting to visit there for years and years. I'm glad you enjoyed it 😀

  • Hi, nice post and nice photos! ")