The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo

Sensoji Temple

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo is the cities oldest temple. Senso-ji is the most widely visited spiritual site in the world with over 30 million visitors annually. The temple was completed in the year 645, making it Tokyo‘s oldest temple.

30 million visitors means it’s always busy here.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo There are many festivals throughout the year in Asakusa, the most famous of them is the Sanja Matsuri, also known as Sanja Festival in May.

The purification process.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo Prior to entering the temple take the ladle in your right hand and pour some water over your left hand. Then repeat the process using the opposite hands. 

 Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo incense burner.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoMany people believe that touching the smoke with injured parts of the body may have a healing effect.

I’ll have one of those please…..

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoAs you can see food is sold within the temple grounds.

Let’s dress up as a Geisha

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoA delightful tradition, many ladies & gorgeous young girls hire a Kimono to feel more in the moment at the Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo.

Don’t they look wonderful and happy?

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo It really is a joy to see their happy smiling faces.

Of course everyone wants a selfie with the girls. 🙂

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo And why not? They really look fabulous.

Lining up to see inside the temple.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoThere certainly is lots of gold inside the temple.

Lets have a closer look.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo is rather spectacular don’t you think?

Kaminarimon or outer gate.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo This fabulous gate has been destroyed & rebuilt many times throughout the ages.

Hashimoto Yakusi-do Temple

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo The temple houses a seating figure of Yakushi Nyorai (Physician of Souls).

Lets have a peak inside. 🙂

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoIn every nook & cranny there is something special to see at the amazing Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo.

Another beautiful setting.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoAround every corner awaits a surprise.

A shopping arcade at the temple entrance.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo As you can imagine there are lots of temple souvenirs here.

Finally the old & the new.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa TokyoThat’s the famous Tokyo Skytree, check out MY PHOTO BLOG from a previous trip.

One last shot of the gorgeous girls.

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo Thanks for visiting my Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo photo blog. Many more photo blogs below.

Tawaramachi Station

Ancient Buddhist Temple Asakusa Tokyo

I stayed at the Agora Place hotel which was a wonderful location close to 3 metro stations Tawaramachi, Ueno & Asakusa. You can get an express train direct from Narita & you can catch the Shinkansen from Ueno. Book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate.

   Istanbul                                 Budapest                        London

Fascinating Istanbul Asia Meets EuropeHungarian Parliament Building (2)The Walkie Talkie (5)   

          Mostar                           Dubrobnik                            Split

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                 Saigon                            Zagreb                          Vung tau

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Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
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That’s all folks

1g Duck

Holiday Inn


Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya


The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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