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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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Although it is always full of tourists but definitely worth a visit. one thing you must try is the green tea stall located at the street heading to the temple. It is very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Although it is always full of tourists but definitely worth a visit. one thing you must try is the green tea stall located at the street heading to the temple. It is very refreshing especially if you are visiting the temple on a hot day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

It has a feel of Edo (old name for Tokyo). Has a lot of stores in front of the temple, and they sell great souvenirs for foreign tourists. drop by Daikokuya (tempra over rice) or/and Umezono(classic Japanese sweets). I am born and raised edokko (real Tokyoite) and love this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A visit to Tokyo is not complete if you do not visit this temple. It may touristy and crowded but do not let this deter you. You will meet locals dressed in kimonos offering prayers at the temple. Apart from the main temple, there is a pagoda, a few other buildings, a garden with cherry blossom trees and a stream... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We went during Golden Week, so probably busier than normal! But well worth it. So many shops leading up to the temple and so much yummy food to try!!

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Sure, it's crowded, jammed and touristy. But it's the heart of the Eddoko (born and bred Tokyo roots) spirit and culture and a reminder that people flocked to Tokyo for more than anime and pop culture for centuries. Take the crowds in stride, and make it a point to explore the many side streets and hidden alleys for interesting shops,... More 

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Laval, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Senso-ji temple has many little shops where you can buy many souvenirs. It is a very beautiful location filled with history. It is a must stop place for tourists. You are not pressured to buy anything from the shops. Once your at the temple, you can get your little fortune papers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Came here around new years in 2015 and the Yatai (Street food stalls) were all still set up, which brought so much life to the area and gave it a unique atmosphere. Its always busy however, especially around new years.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Be prepared for tons of tourists, and super commercialized souvenir stores. Sensoji Temple has a long and interesting history, from the three/four fingered statues in the front gate, to the 100yen fortune sticks. The streets to the left and right are full of interesting stores selling everything from kitschy trinkets, handmade fans and shoes, yukatas, fabric, and traditional candies.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This place was packed when we went. We basically had to surf the crowd and struggled to take a good picture inside the temple. The large lanterns are particularly popular. The area around is also very nice for shopping and food. There are a lot of souvenir shops and we even saw a celebrity there. The one thing to caution... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We had been to Kyoto prior to Tokyo, so I probably could have gone without seeing another temple or shrine. Regardless, we checked it out and I'm glad we did, there's a lot to do, see and buy. It's historically and religiously interesting, and if you go with a tour guide they will usually explain the significance of the site.... More 

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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.
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