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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 68 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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Hervey Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The Temple and surrounding area were huge as was the crowd. There was plenty to see with the Main Temple Hall, Nitenmon Gate, Hozomon Gate, Kaminarimon Gate and of course all the shops and restaurants. You need plenty of time to see everything and it is well worth while. The shops are generally different to most tourist areas and the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

i went there during the day, it was very crowded. there were many shops and we did some souveneir shopping. but went there again at night, there were very few people and all the shops were closed. thats when i noticed how beautiful the temple was - all lit up and quiet. the shutters of the closed shops have beautiful... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The walk to the temple is great- there is an alley full of shops where you can find great souvenirs. The temple itself is very busy so it doesn't feel as tranquil as other temples in Tokyo. Nevertheless it is very beautiful and is good to see when you are in Tokyo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

the place is crowded with tourists..but i've gotta say that the place is very clean and well-guarded. People are very polite and are helpful towards assisting tourists. A great place to look for souvenirs too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Went to this temple in the afternoon. Was very busy especially at the entrance. They have an alley of shops leading up to the main temple. You can find all sorts of snacks and souvenirs. The temple itself is great. Very busy, but a must see. You can see priests praying behind the gate in the main area. A unique... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Very easy access through the metro services, stone's throw from the station Asakusa. The Nakamise avenue leading to the temple is a sight to behold both at daytime as well after dark. One can buy good variety of reasonable priced eatables as well as take home souvenirs. The area of Asakusa shrine is crowded and it's difficult at times to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

The temple is located at the end of the Nakamise shopping area. The gate and trmple itself is beautiful. The lanterns and colors are stunning. There are rows and rows of shops that you would have togo through before reaching the temple. You can eat, buy little gifts and enjoyany different kinds of traditional Japanese sweets. We went on a... More

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Iligan City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It's not a very large Buddhist Temple but it's very famous because it's located in the busy Asakusa area which is a major tourist attraction in Tokyo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Nice place to spend a bit of time. Convenient metro stop, lots of choices for food and shopping. I enjoyed walking down some of the side streets to get a better feel for the area. There is a shop nearby where they dress people up in traditional clothing whom you can see strolling about.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It's definitely a different view when the spotlights come up at night. Sensoji temple is famous during the day, but stay later or come when the sun sets, the shops start to close, and the temple lights up. You'll notice details you never notice during the day and without the hubub of the sellers hawking their wears and the tourists... More

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