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Sensoji Temple

2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture 111-0032, Japan
+81 3-3842-0181
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As featured in 3 days in Tokyo
Ranked #2 of 62 attractions in Taito
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The Temple is just one of the finest in Tokyo. Perfect if you want to see some cerimonies. The atmosphere is great in early morning. There is a nice garden and the gate looks also great.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The streets approaching the temple are bustling with people and souvenir shops. It was very crowded on the day we went which was a sunny Monday in March.

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Singapore, Singapore
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33 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Despite the crowds, the Senso-ji is a great place to visit. You approach via a street of shops selling all sorts of tourist tat, but also home-made rice cakes and fried beancurd cakes, both local specialities. The temple is ornate, and there is a scent of incense wafting through the air; it is burning in a huge cauldron and people... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This temple is always crowded. Recommended place for purchasing souvenirs. Upon entering the main temple, look for a "well" looking area. Scoop some water and pour it on your hands and mouth (traditional cleansing of body and spirit when entering a temple)Then try your luck with Omikuji by offering 100yen on the somewhat donation box and doing the instructions posted... More

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London
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383 helpful votes 383 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This temple is defined as Japans oldest Buddhist temple for ordinary people. Be prepared to share it with many thousands of those people ... the crowds are quite overwhelming, especially today, the birthday of Buddha. On entering we were given a free Thai orchid flower display to leave with our prayers. In itself the temple is somewhat disappointing in that... More

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This is a must see place if going to Tokyo. Perhaps the most famous temple in the Tokyo area. I have been here 3 times. Always crowded. But if you can get yourself up early and get there at 7 or 8 am, then you will have a much more pleasant time if you don't enjoy crowds. Also it's easier... More

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Spring City, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This was the first Temple we visited in Japan so enjoyed it. It was fun to wander through and then see all the markets and all the things available to buy.

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La Jolla, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I thought this temple was very beautiful and a must while in Tokyo, but I went in the late afternoon and while I was tired from the day the crowd of people only made it worse. I don't normally mind crowds, but this was a bit much. I would suggest going during low-points in the day to avoid excessive crowds.... More

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Sensoji is the oldest temple in Tokyo and the main attraction of Asakusa. It is also the most significant temple of Tokyo. Directions, Take Tokyo Metro Line to Asakusa Station (A18/G19), Exit 1, 5mins walk. Overall, it was a great sight! We tried the Omikuji section too. Omikuji is a paper that has fortunes written on it. Nakamise shopping street... More

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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The past linked to this temple is very interesting,this place has a completely different feel to it..

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