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Asakusa Shrine

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3844-1575
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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It is a beautiful shrine with a giant lantern as one of the main features. My Japanese friends explained to me that a thunder God had been trapped inside the lantern. I suppose... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Mari H
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43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is a beautiful shrine with a giant lantern as one of the main features. My Japanese friends explained to me that a thunder God had been trapped inside the lantern. I suppose that is why is it the size that it is. Once you make it up the stairs you'll find a beautiful prayer room. Throw in some money... More 

Thank Mari H
Leeds, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our first shrine in Tokyo and defitely worth a visit. Very busy, but a great atmosphere. Good market surrounding it too.

Thank Love_Sea_And_Ski
Chatan, Japan
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78 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When you enter the grounds you go through a long area of shops up to the shrine which is very well maintained. A very beautiful shrine well worth the trip.

Thank Kurt I
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had no cash and my credit and bank cards weren't working my first day in Tokyo so I wanted to do something interesting and free, so I stopped at this shrine. It was pretty cool, and had some nice gardens nearby, and is a good photo op, but the best part were the nearby markets. Plenty of shopping, if... More 

Thank Jeff F
Boston, Massachusetts
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91 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You enter Sensoji Temple through the main gate - Kaminari-mon Gate. This temple is said to have been built in 628. Best never stop directly on door jam - shows lack of respect. Once through this gate Sensoji Temple stands majestically - just across the vast courtyard. You may purify yourself at that time if you wish. You are allowed... More 

Thank BCM475
Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Japan's oldest Buddhist temple is a sight to behold and a necessary tourist stop. A long outdoor market leading to the shrines entrance offers great gift and souvenir shopping and delicious and unique culinary options. Try the green-tea or sweet potato ice-cream!

Thank travelclown
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on first day in Japan - really enjoyed it especially as it kept my teenagers interested for a couple of hours - had good mix of history and tourist markets and street food and you could get away back to local shops (not touristy) by going out another couple of streets over. Got here early so not overly... More 

Thank Guy C
Bulacan Province, Philippines
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79 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was nice to go around, to see what the good Japense people have maintained their heritage, it was fun to go around the site.

Thank Amorsolo S
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you arrive early before the crowds swamp the place you can appreciate the peaceful shrine and its surroundings much better. Some of the shops on the adjacent alleys sell traditional foods and crafts which are highly recommended if you really want to enjoy Japanese culture.

Thank FJCTraveller
Baltimore, Maryland
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218 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For the tourists who are frustrated by the lack of availabiliy of kimonos, traditional shoes and Japanese trinckets, this is the place for you. In addition to being a beautiful shrine, the streets adjacent to the shrine provide the best souvenir shopping in Tokyo. The prices are nice and there is a good selection of things which look Japanese (... More 

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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