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Sensoji Temple

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Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3842-0181
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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 temple is farther than some want to go but an easy ride on the subway. Unbelievable history. A 5-story pagoda. It is busy on the weekends with locals and tourists alike... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This temple is farther than some want to go but an easy ride on the subway. Unbelievable history. A 5-story pagoda. It is busy on the weekends with locals and tourists alike. Worth the trip!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Lovely view. Excellent for photos. Be mindful to be respectful to the landmark. Tons of shops around to buy souvenirs and gifts and food

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

If you're looking to buy souvenirs while in Tokyo, go to the temple. The street before it is lined with great shops and the temple itself is beautiful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Lights crowd on a Friday 10am. Many shops are still being opened. The incense is surrounding visitors close to the temple. The lesser crowd makes it easier to climb the stairs and see the inner temple. The streets and galeries around are worth the visit too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Lots of shopping for tourist and can see the temple at the end, A big massive beautiful building like Shrine. Giant lantern, Lots of candles, You cannot go in as it is blocked but can view it. Lots of people there. As you would expect to see in every temple. Building very colourful architecture design were Wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

The first Japanese temple I see so I cannot compare but on a sunny Sunday morning it just looked the best .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

the temple pagoda and garden around was very nice for travlers the small shops around for tuorist -dislike

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I was able to visit the temple and shopping area twice during my visit. The first time was during the week and it was busy but manageable. I went back to pick up some sovuniers on Saturday and it was packed. You definitely want to fit this into your visit but perhaps save the Harajuko district for the weekend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I visited here with my family. Nakamise Main Street, penetrating between entrance gate and main temple, was crowded with tourists. There were a lot of shops selling Japanese traditional sweets and drinks, and I tried them four times during the round trip between the gate and temple. I recommend to try sweets and drinks, and to enjoy eating and drinking,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

As you walk up the path there are some beautiful very large wooden gates, the shrine itself is very symbolic. Well worth a visit

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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.