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Senso-ji Temple

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Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3842-0181
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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According to legend, two brothers kept trying to return a statue of Kannon,...

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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Really lovely temple and lots of stores and food markets around, good place to sightsee and get great pictures.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really lovely temple and lots of stores and food markets around, good place to sightsee and get great pictures.

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Bankstown, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Food, Food, Temple, Repeat! A massive, stunning temple at the end of a street filled with food stalls and gift shops. Everyday, the street is filled with life and the temple has a massive waiting line. A must visit place when coming to Tokyo!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a Friday afternoon and there was a nice crowd.. but not too overwhelming. This is our 4th or 5th visit to the temple and we love it! Walk down the alley of shops towards the temple, cleanse yourself with the incense smoke by waving it towards you, toss a coin into special prayer boxes and wish for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on a Friday afternoon and the place was full of school field trips of all ages. Was also nice to see some girls dressed in traditional Japanese clothing since you don't see that anywhere else in the city. The temple is nice, nothing in English around so can't tell the significance of things if you have not read about... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The place was crowded with tourists when I visit. Highly recommend those who wishes to visit the Senso-ji Temple to wear comfortable shoes as you'll have to walk a considerable distance (probably around 15-20 minutes) before reaching the temple (from the gate itself). They got new toilet facilities (which were very new) despite the facility was located somewhere in between... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Senso-Ji was beautiful. Lots of people and many interesting stalls with lovely bits and pieces. Thoroughly enjoyed wandering around.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Its a popular tourist spot, but its ALWAYS been like that. I love getting back here. Plenty to see, plenty to eat. Gardens out the back(japans oldest bridge) is beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Make sure to bundle along a walk next to the river and a trip up the Tokyo Sky Tree with this. This is an amazing place. Lot's of shops and restaurants to choose from close by. You'll see people from all over the whole coming here to pray.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Recommended by friends, we paid 100 yen to the donation box in order to do the fortune paper from the bamboo cylinder. Indeed very interesting! Also the melonpan with green tea ice cream is a must try! Its a melon-looking warm& crispy bread stuffed with green tea ice cream!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a long layover at airport so took the excellent train to Asakusa, very cheap, easy walk with good signage in English, walk thru Nakamise Street and experience the shops. Then wash hands and light incense before prayerfully entering this beautiful shrine. Lucky to receive a good fortune. Cheap eats places very close by with local Japanese people

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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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