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“Buddhist temple in the midst of busy Tokyo”
Review of Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple
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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.
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Japan is dotted with Buddhist temples and Shinto Shrines. Both are a must see because they give one a perspective into the culture and practices of the Japanese people. There are 2 big places to see in Tokyo, the Sensoji Temple and the Meiji Shrine.
This temple is located right in busy Asakusa. The entrance is lined by souvenir shops and Japanese snack shops and sweets in a street leading to the temple called Nakamise St. Great way to try all sorts of Japanese snacks.
There is the usual Buddhist temple entrance with the big lantern at the center, and 2 statues to the sides(guarding the temple). The big lantern has some writings on it. As well as the fortune telling part( one chooses one's good or bad fortune based on chance), plus the writing of one's wishes on placards. All in all very much geared to tourists, very crowded, and noisy, but a must see unless one is visiting Nara or Kyoto, then the temples and shrines in Tokyo can be skipped.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

This is a very impressive temple. Great picture opportunities! However, the temple is right outside Asakusa Station and when we were there it was very crowded.

Thank K S
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

When one considers that there are so many people in Tokyo, plus tourists. The Main Street was really packed. We. Never have any problem seeing over the top of people so were able to see all the stalls as we passed, all vey similar.
Our guide showed us all the ceremonial things to do, from smoke washing to water washing. We tried them all and gave respect to those there and their priests. We were fortunate to share in the culture every where we went and the people we kind to us.
The temple is amazing and the entry guards are big and bold! The park is lovely and we learnt how there are child Gods which are kept warm with red hats and clothes, caring for children.

Thank elinas
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

If you want to walk around traditional little shops and don't mind looking over shouders to see things, this the right place. But for a temple, the shops are too close to the temple and the whole place is crowded and busy. We much prefer the space and tranqulity of the Meiji than this place. There were many people at the Meiji as well. But the space and the setting still enable one to enjoy the temple and the surroundings with peace.

Thank Edgeworth66
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

This is obviously one of the most popular tourist sights in Tokyo, judging by the number of people there. You approach the temple via a long street lined on either side with souvenir shops. We did most of our shopping there and prices were reasonable, if you shopped around. The temple itself was awesome, very ornate and we took a lot of photos. Well worth a visit!

Thank wilnval
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