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Senso-ji Temple

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Ueno, Asakusa
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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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We like the shops lining the road leading to the temple. The temple itself is rich in history and cultural significance.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We like the shops lining the road leading to the temple. The temple itself is rich in history and cultural significance.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I don't recommend Senso-ji Temple to anyone who loves order and tranquility. The temple was way too busy on the day I tired to go with my friend. In fact we didn't bother to go into it since we're already completely put off by the crowds in the alleys leading to it. People kept on pushing and we just couldn't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice temple. Enter by Kaminarimon door and go up Nakasime-dori. You can shop some souvenirs here, although you can find cheaper elsewhere. Be sure to shake the boxe for good luck !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A large temple complex with many shrines. The place also houses plenty of food and beverage stalls. There's also shops that sells souvenirs. There's no admission fee to enter the temple complex, just be there and enjoy the atmosphere. Getting there is very easy using the Tokyo Subway as the subway exit is very close to the temple entrance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Get up early when not many people are around, go back again when its dark, photos still come out well. Was very close to Richmond Hotel

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was so busy when we visited but I am glad we went. There were lots of market stalls walking up to the temple, we weren't overly interested in them so we didn't pay much attention to them. My 4 year old loved it and really enjoyed throwing coins in the main temple.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

going to sensoji temple, you will passby rows and rows of shops that sell a variety of goods, from tourist souvenirs, to food, to bags, shoes, luggages and apparel. although a bit pricey, it is sometimes amusing to find items that you never thought you will buy. okay for tourist. just outside the temple, there is a shop that rents... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The temple was nice but a bit busy(we did go on New Years eve though!). Kids likes watching the fish (Koi) swimming. I agree with previous reviewer. The shops were pricey. I found some of the exact same items for cheaper at the airport shops!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This temple is practically a must-visit tourist spot in Tokyo. There's always a good crowd there but some days could be more than usual. We went there on a regular afternoon and it was pretty crowded. Go earlier if you want to avoid the crowd. I found the crowd charming in a way and didn't mind it. If you're traveling... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The temple itself, as well as the grounds, are lively and colorful. It's an absolute must if you're in Tokyo. Best of all, it's free. However, I would advise against buying things from most of the shops along the avenue between Kaminarimon and the temple. It's definitely a bit of a tourist trap, as most of the goods can be... 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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