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Sensoji Temple

2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture 111-0032, Japan
+81 3-3842-0181
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Ranked #2 of 66 Attractions in Taito
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

you will first reach the Namikarimon (thunder gate) where heaps of ppl flood the front to take picture with it. Then you will walk through the long long Namikase shopping street (full of souvenier shops) to get to Sensoji. relative to other temples in Japan, Sensoji seemed a tad bit new in terms of the building structure. I was hoping... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This has been one of my favorite temples to visit for many years. The long shopping street walk up to the temple is loaded with great finds. Look for the Studio Ghibli Shop near the entrance, or the Purple Potato ice cream stand off on one of the side roads. The temple grounds themselves are extensive, lovely and full of... More

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Norfolk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Tokyo's most sacred shrine. The street leading to the shrine is very 'commercialised' with many 'tacky' stalls. The shrine itself is set in lovely gardens and an oasis of calm......except on public holidays which we inadvertently chose to visit on.

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Seoul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Visit this place, say a little prayer, buy some stuff along the way and feel blessed by the oldest temple in Tokyo. From here it's a short train ride to the Tokyo Skytree

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Newberry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

This temple was one of the first places we visited while in Tokyo. We visited as part of a tour. I would recommend going up to the information center across the street and going to the 8th floor viewing deck before visiting the temple. The shops between the first gate and second make for great souvenir shopping. Once at the... More

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

A very nice place to visit - spiritual and calming. I'm not a religious person, but the presence of other people praying did have a humbling effect on me. The temple is very clean and well looked after - I think this is one of the main tourist attractions in the area, and is worth going if you're religious, but... More

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Easy to get to from the subway/metro rail and enjoy it around sunset to see it in the evening light and after dark

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

You cant miss this hugh lantern hanging at the entrace of the temple. One of the tourist attractions in tokyo that you cant miss. Visiting during the noon time was really hot, so try to go during evening or early morning. There is a lot of shops selling snacks and souveniors along the two side alleys. Small reaturants or cafe... More

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Beijing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The temple, the shops, the entire experience is wonderful. We had a nice talk with one of the monks and had our future delivered in a small piece of paper. Walking along the street and looking at the shops adds to the experience. Many small restaurants around the site with delicious food.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Sensoji is one of the main tourist attractions in Tokyo. Very busy all day and into the evening. Were lucky enough to see Sumo Wrestlers visiting this shrine.

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