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“Another tourist trap!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3842-0181
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4.5 of 5 stars 1,633 Reviews
Type: Cultural
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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 the next day. This temple located in Tokyo's Asakusa district was built to honor her.
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“Another tourist trap!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

The temple and the shrine look pretty cool. The Nakamise street is filled with vendors with street food and expensive souvenirs often crowded with tourists. This was my third time going there because it was part of the bus tour. However, I probably won't go there again. Vendors pretty much sell the same thing.

They sell geisha, shogun, samurai dolls, silk kimonos, etc. they also allow you to take pictures,
Every time a vendor makes a sale, they clap as these dolls are quite expensive. Most tourists just want to take pictures and not buy.

If you're planning on buying food or souvenirs, don't buy them at the first shop you see at the entrance. They get cheaper as they get further into the street.

Visited December 2013
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“Great Place to Visit in the Morning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Yes, it's true-- if you've already been temple-hopping around Japan (especially in Kyoto), then this will look pretty familiar to you and won't blow your socks off. I suggest taking another look and enjoy the temple as the locals do. Go in the morning and watch and listen- you could be treated to a beautiful sunrise hitting the top of the pagoda, the smells of incense wafting, and the softly muttered prayers of the faithful. It was one of my favorite early-morning experiences in Tokyo, and well worth the wake-up time.

Visited November 2013
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“A great experience !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Working temple, wonderful shopping & market around the temple. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Asakusa

Visited October 2013
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“A great two hours!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of one of Tokyo's most active temples (partly because of the tourist crowd?), where all the ornaments are super-sized.

Added bonus: see both Tokyo's old and new together, with the Tokyo Sky Tree in Sensoji's backdrop!

Also: the complimentary rest area next to the temple offers good, free, green tea.

Visited November 2013
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“Just another shrine/temple, but some good shops/street food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

The shrine/temple is another Shinto shrine in Japan. It's easy to get to since it is in the middle of Asakusa, but I don't recall any clear signs pointing the way to the shrine (perhaps we missed the signs), so be sure to bring a good map or use your GPS. Either way, I still think it should not be too difficult to find, especially if you can find your way to Nakamise street.

We arrived on a weekday afternoon and it was still quite crowded. Like other Shinto shrines, it was mostly focused on selling charms and taking money from folks, an aspect that I dislike especially since that seemed to be its main focus. There were plenty of places to buy the charms. The shrine itself is quite beautiful. There are many beautiful architectural elements to the shrine and it was the only one in Japan where I saw actual people going into the shrines to pray. But otherwise, it's a standard shrine.

The shops that lined the streets just outside the shrine were a bit more interesting, especially on the Nakamise street. Plenty of food shops with Japanese sweets and other food vendors selling their concoctions are available, along with many souvenir stores.

Visited November 2013
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