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Senso-ji Temple

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Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3842-0181
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: According to legend, two brothers kept trying to return a statue of...
According to legend, two brothers kept trying to return a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, to the Sumida River only to have it returned to them the next day. This temple located in Tokyo's Asakusa district was built to honor her.
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This is one of the best temples I saw in Tokyo. It was so beautiful just to walk around and see the grounds.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best temples I saw in Tokyo. It was so beautiful just to walk around and see the grounds.

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Fairfax, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Wound up in Tokyo for a day and 1/2 of sightseeing and this was right around the corner from my hotel. The grounds are beautiful and the difference between the crowded daytime and the empty nighttime make it entirely worth it to go twice. There is actually a a lot to see as long as you are interested in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Beautiful temple and peaceful place after you pass the crouded streets with lots of shops. You just have to see the inner beauty of the temple, it cannot be described, at least not by me! There ard lots of shops for gifts and Japanese food. Depending on your interest, the temple can be seen in an hour or you can... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful temple in a beautiful area. A must see in Tokyo. We were there in winter and it was still packed with people but it was a great atmosphere.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is without any doubt one of the best temples in Tokyo city. First recomendation: go early in the morning, and by early I mean 7.00 - 7.30 being there. You will be able to enjoy the surroundings without people almost and leave the small shops around by the end of the visit. To start, take some time to admire... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Senso-ji is probably the best temple in Tokyo - and people know it. Expect stunningly crafted buildings, beautiful cherry trees, a soaring pagoda, ponds, bridges. However, also expect what feels like half of Tokyo to be there. Funnily enough, I didn't find it to be bothersome though. As long as you keep an eye on your travel companions the crowds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Been here 4 times and cannot get enough. Sure, there are, what feels like millions of people there, but that's easy to forget about when you're in a place that is simply magical. Once you enter through the front gate, you'll find yourself on a street with loads of shops selling prints, bells, kokeshi (japanese dolls), lucky cats, kimonos, swords... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed our time here. Look at the entry on here for the Asakusa Cultural Centre for details on how of a weekend to get on a free walking tour! Really made our time here much better!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A great shrine at the end of walking along to Akasuka, well worth the walk and worth making a donation at the end, one of the best shrine and temple combos in Japan in my opinion.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is nice shrine, one of the oldesT & still in service. The surrounding of the shrine busy because of the vendor outlets. This is an must visit location when in tokyo.

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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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