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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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A must see in Tokyo

This place will remind you of the past of Tokyo. Surrounded by modernity, The Sensoji was well preserved to remind people about the rich culture and history of Japan. A must see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This place will remind you of the past of Tokyo. Surrounded by modernity, The Sensoji was well preserved to remind people about the rich culture and history of Japan. A must see attraction and a good walking spot since there are plenty of shops to buy stuff. Well recommended :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This temple is great, the entrance has many gates and a long arcade of shops. Some of the shops sell traditional items but it is mostly for tourists these days. The temple itself is very large with many minor temples surrounding it. I would recommend going really early in the morning when it first opens so you can get a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Very close to Asakusa station (subway) and through the shopping street is this lovely temple, it has a few different buildings and gardens, though not too big, it's nice to go and visit and learn the history there. We saw much better temple buildings in Kyoto though, so if you miss out, don't be too worried. After this we went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Certainly a must-see for everyone who is in this neighbourhood, with lots of small shops nearby and a distinctly 'real' Japanese atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We drove to the Asakusa Senso-ji Temple, which is also known as the Asakusa Kannon Temple. It is the oldest temple in Japan being completed in the year 645 AD. Having two names confused me during our itinerary planning process. The place was packed with people browsing the many shops leading up to the temple. They were really good shops... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

lovely temple and the 1 i loved most among those that I visited it's very crowded, giving the whole temple a very vibrant and festive feel. if there's only 1 temple that i can visit, this will be it the temple and the area around it, can easily take over 3 hours to explore slowly

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Big, beautiful temple area, when we got there was in the middle of sakura bloom so the garden was super beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The best temple in Tokyo...and a must see while there...but you will see better in Kyoto. Very crowded.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

A beautiful temple, set next to a thriving market, in fact the market stalls form a long entrance i to the temple complex... We went on a weekend which was VERY busy... (weekends best avoided, as this Temple is popular with the Japanese)... The temple itself is large and spectacular, but when you realize it was destroyed in the Second... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Nice temple - a must see in Tokyo. Its beautiful during the Sakura season. Its very touristy and crowded.

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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.