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Hozomon, Taito

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#20 of 1,745 in Historic Sites in Tokyo
The Hōzōmon is the inner of two large entrance gates that ultimately leads to the Sensō-ji (the outer being the Kaminarimon) in Asakusa, Tokyo. A two-story gate, the Hōzōmon's second story houses many of the Sensō-ji's treasures. The first story houses two statues, three lanterns and two large sandals. It stands 22.7m tall, 21m wide, and 8m deep.HistoryThe Hōzōmon was first built in 942 AD by Taira no Kinmasa. Destroyed by fire in 1631, it was rebuilt by Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1636. It stood for 300 more years until it was once again burned down during the Tokyo air raids of 1945. In 1964, the present steel-reinforced concrete structure was built with a donation of ¥150 million from Yonetarō Motoya.Since the gate was reconstructed using flame-resistant materials, the upper story of the Hōzōmon stores the Sensō-ji's treasured sutras. These treasures include a copy of the Lotus Sutra that is designated a Japanese National Treasure and the Issai-kyō, a complete collection of Buddhist scriptures that has been designated an Important Cultural Property.FeaturesUnlike the Kaminarimon, which houses four different statues, the Hōzōmon houses two guardian statues that are located on either side of the gate's south face. These 5.45-metre-tall statues represent Niō, the guardian deities of the Buddha. Because of these statues, the gate was originally called the Niōmon before it was renamed the Hōzōmon.
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  • such an impressive place that is surrounded by so much. Full of culture, the smell of incense burning from many directions - the sight of people dressed in traditional costume, the street traders and ...  more »
  • This is the gateway to Tokyo's oldest temple. He's preceded by the Kaminarimon Door or Thunder Gate. The Hozomon Gate has 2 espadrilles of esparto hung on its back wall made by the inhabitants of Maruyama for having allowed to build the Senso-ji temple in this place. It is kept by two human-shaped dragons named Tenryu and Kinryu.
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  • Came here many times. If you want a great picture, come early in the morning before the crowd start. I loved the takoyaki here.
  • This place is magical. I think at night is better than daylight time. It’s also full of markets and tourists haha. 10 minutes walk to the closest station. Highly recommend this place
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