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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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Perth, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

So many tourist but worth the visit. You will see Japanese doing their rituals and tourist tend to follow ;) lots of people , lots of cheap souvenirs, lots of places to eat and buy

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High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Very atmospheric. Good photos with the temple and Tokyo SkyTree in the background. Shops selling local souvenirs. The "senbei" biscuits are good.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Very crowded but beautiful temple. Must visit "Nakamise" the shopping street in front of the temple. The stalls sell lots of souvenir stuff and cookies. There are also lots of local snacks sold there.

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Raipur, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The Sensoji temple has a large area with a nice design. Though it becomes crowded in the weekends, it is still worth a visit also for the street that comes up to it! It also has food and souvenir stalls in the ground.

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Los Angeles, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Spent probably 10 minutes taking pictures of the shrine as well as the sake drums, spent more time at the souvenir shops. Be sure to check out all the little stores before buying, some stores may have one item 100 to 300 yen cheaper than another store, and another item 100 to 300 yen more expensive than the same competitor.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The oldest temple in Tokyo, and perhaps Japan, this temple is definitely worth checking out for its history and for its distinct design. Obviously, it’s always packed so get there early and you can visit the many food and souvenir stalls located around the temple

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is a remarkable area drawing thousand of people. First there's the temple, which is right next to a Shinto Shine, showing people with different beliefs can get along. Next, there's a pagoda which is quite dramatic. Then there are dozens of shops with souvenirs - of widely varying quality. Amazing place. Lots of energy here.

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Dusseldorf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

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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