It’s a fun place to visit even if you’ve been to a dozen shrines already. I particularly enjoyed seeing how this place of worship just suddenly appears to you walking down the street. The entrance is dominated by an enormous “Thunder Gate” under which hangs an equally gigantic paper lantern. It’s supposed to be painted like thunder and lightning. The gate and entrance, coupled with the massive crowds of tourists and locals alike is feast for the eyes. The energy is just buzzing all around the place. It’s so international, I spy several tour groups while I’m there. One can get a little dizy but you’ll find peace once you reach the temple.
The most enjoyable part of the temple visit though was walking through the quiet and meditative garden just towards the right of the temple. It’s so quiet and calm in this garden, that I somehow feel like I’ve stepped into another world. It’s hard to believe that this garden is only a few steps away from the busy temple front. It’s a traditional japanese garden complete with japanese maple trees, a pond filled with healthy red carp and a japanese bridge to finish the landscape. Towering over the garden you have a beautiful view of the 5-storey pagoda. All this is in a tiny little area. Small yet it is enough to give one peace of mind after walking down the busy shopping street. It’s amazing how much power these gardens can have over you. Perhaps we should all have such a little garden in our homes or offices.