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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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Phone Number: +81 3-3842-0181
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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It is Tokyo's oldestv temple located in a central part of old town Tokyo. Ancient Buddhist architecture. Very popular therefore very crowded. Truly colorful, distinguished by the... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is Tokyo's oldestv temple located in a central part of old town Tokyo. Ancient Buddhist architecture. Very popular therefore very crowded. Truly colorful, distinguished by the outer gate that is a popular photo spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visiting Sensoji Temple which is the oldest one in Tokyo is a must! It's a unique experience being in this Buddhist temple with the beautiful architecture, peaceful yet fervent chanting of the monks inside, and the flurry of people - mostly tourists who want to join in as observers of the rituals. It's a bit smoky with the incense in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Was staying in Yokohama for a conference so a perfect chance to take a break and explore nearby cities. It took an hour to go to Asakusa by train but was totally worth it since the Senso temple was simply gorgeous. As expected there were loads of people. But if you have a morning free this place is not to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I always visit here whenever I travel to Tokyo. Such a great Japanese atmosphere with the temple and Japanese ladies clad in kimono/yukata. If you go on weekend mornings, you can really feel the vibrancy. Don't forget to buy some Japanese snacks here to bring back as souvenirs!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The temple is very easy to find from the train station. There are some great souvenir shops all around. The whole site is very impressive and beautiful. During the day there's a greater chance that the main temple is open, so visit before sun down. Expect large crowds, during vacation times and holidays expect very very large crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Dragged my jet lagged self there before any of the shops leading up to it opened so I could see the Temple before the crowds converged on it. Beautiful. If you like the shops, stay to see them... there are lots of them on the walk up to the primary temple... there are additional structures nearby... the one I wanted... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The temple was beautiful, particularly during the Sakura season, but be prepared for the huge crowd. The shopping street leading to the temple was fun and interesting. The temple was definitely worth visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the temple area twice: devoid of crowds in the evening, wandering through the quaint market streets, and being amazed how many bikes are used in Tokyo. And again on a Sunday morning, when the place was crawling with people and food stalls. The many flower shops proved a perfect photo scene for a bit of street photography!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't really get the tourist obsession with visiting temples. This large temple is surrounded by stalls (handy), has public toilets and fortune sticks/boxes. It is busy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Came here with the family for a look around as we styed in an AirBnB nearby. The temple is amazing, not too big, and not to small. And it being a temple completely free. Make sure you try the cleansing ritual as you enter into the temple grounds. When in Japan you may as well follow the local customs. You... 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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