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Tokyo’s most visited temple enshrines a golden image of Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of mercy), which, according to legend, was miraculously pulled out of the nearby Sumida-gawa by two fishermen in AD 628. The image has remained on the spot ever since but is never on public display. The present structure dates from 1958. Entrance to the temple complex is via the fantastic, red Kaminari-mon (Thunder Gate) and busy shopping street Nakamise-dōri.
Fruit, vegetables, flowers and meat are sold here, but it’s seafood – around 2000 tonnes of it traded daily – that Tsukiji is most famous for. The frenetic inner market is slated to move to Toyosu in 2017 or possibly later; the equally fascinating outer market, comprising hundreds of food stalls and restaurants, will stay put.
Tokyo’s grandest Shintō shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken. Constructed in 1920, the shrine was destroyed in WWII air raids and rebuilt in 1958; however, unlike so many of Japan’s postwar reconstructions, Meiji-jingū has an authentic feel. The towering 12m wooden torii gate that marks the entrance was created from a 1500-year-old Taiwanese cyprus.