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[Kaminari mon]

Symbol of Asakusa that welcomes visitors in great numbers

Kaminarimon, with the symbolic huge red lantern, is the main gate to the Asakusa Temple. This is the landmark of Asakusa and the most popular place for taking pictures in this area. Many tourists from all over the world gather around the gate for taking pictures. Because there is Fujin (wind god) statue on the right side of the gate, and Raijin (thunder god) statue on the left, the official name of the gate is "Furaijinmon" but somehow people started to call it "Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate)". Kaminarimon was destroyed by fire many times during the Edo period; the current gate was reconstructed in 1960 with donations made by Konosuke Matsushita. The giant red lantern, renewed in 2013, weighs a massive 700 kg and is 3.3 m in width, 3.9 m in height.
Address 2-3-1, Asakusa, Taito-ku,Tokyo
Phone +81-3-3842-0181(10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Closed on Sundays and public holidays)
(Japanese only)
Visiting hours 24 hours
Holidays Open everyday
Admission fee Free admission to precincts
Access Approx. 5-minute walk from "Asakusa Station", Ginza Line by Tokyo Metro.

updated on Sep 29, 2017

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