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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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Wonderful service, great food

I really enjoyed the visit to the this temple. So much to do and see in the area from shopping to experiencing the temple and exploring the surrounding gardens and statues. Not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed the visit to the this temple. So much to do and see in the area from shopping to experiencing the temple and exploring the surrounding gardens and statues. Not all of the fortunes are good fortunes if you decide to try it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Very busy when we went, but an awesome cultural sight for japan, if spending time in Tokyo and you want to see something semi-cultural, here's your place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Walking into Sensoji, you are greeted by tons of vendors selling gifts, snacks, and well.. anything you can possibly think of. An overwhelming smell of sweet treats is a great way to start the experience. It is crowded, obviously since it is a great tourist spot. The area has a lot of places to pray. It includes tons of small... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Really loved the contrast of Japanese history to modern day culture - you really feel like you're in another world when you're on the temple grounds. Check out the outdoor market just outside the grounds too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The first time I went to Japan in 2006 the first place our tour guide took us to was Sensoji Temple. I have been back to Japan 8 times since and most of the trips back I have visited Sensoji Temple because it is such an amazing place to go to. It is always busy and exciting place to be.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Absolutely loved the atmosphere here. had a wonderful time walking around and looking at the buildings in the grounds. A photography dream!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

For your good luck, This is the first place that you should visit when you arrive Tokyo. The temple is surrounded by many shops and restaurant. Although there are so many visitors but it seems lively than crowded.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We visited on the first week of January and the place was packed! But yet, we were able to find some quiet space and enjoyed the temple ground. Crowd control was well managed. There are also plenty of good restaurants nearby and the Asakusa station is less than a block away! This is an older neighborhood and we enjoyed observing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

If you're seeking refuge from the overwhelmingly hectic environment of urban Tokyo, head to this area in Asakusa around the Sensoji Temple. It has a really peaceful, meditative vibe, especially once you untangle yourself from the throng of people viewing the shops nearby and find yourself near the burning sticks of incense. Make sure you get a fortune from inside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

At first it seemed too touristy, but it has an interesting mix, of food, souvenirs, temple and stuff. Must see.

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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.