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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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My favourite Buddhist temple in all Tokyo!

Senso-ji is a beautiful Buddhist temple in the timeless district of Asakusa. Weekends are very busy - I always try to avoid going on those days, but weekdays are great. To get... read more

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Houilles, France
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Houilles, France
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Senso-ji is a beautiful Buddhist temple in the timeless district of Asakusa. Weekends are very busy - I always try to avoid going on those days, but weekdays are great. To get there you can also stop at Tawaramachi station (Ginza line) and walk through the covered alleys where you will find brilliant little shops (handmade teapots, leather goods, yukata,... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spent about half an hour at this temple..it is beautiful from the outside. It is a very busy place, so best to go early in the morning, or go and have a look at it lit up at night. A shop inside the temple sells charms of all sorts- e.g. Good luck in exams, and they are labelled in English.... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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Wonderful to see and experience. It's close to lots of fun shopping, great for souvenirs. Very crowded and noisy with all of the tourists - recommend going either early or late to avoid the crowds.

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If you want to experience the old Tokyo then you should visit Senso-ji! Just take a walk in the beautiful garden, see the temples and learn about the rich history. Best period is the spring, because of sakura and less tourists. You can also do shopping near by.

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Moultonborough, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Here you can see the largest paper lantern in Japan, You will discover the difference between a Shinto Shrine and Buddhist Temple and enjoy wandering through the area surrounding the Temple.

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Bellevue, Washington
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Brought our daughter in law who had never been to Japan. The first place we took her to was Senso-ji Temple. She absolutely loved it. We stayed in a hotel nearby so she visited again and again. So much to do - try variety of food. Shopping, see young as well as old people in their kimono.

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Sydney, Australia
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The Temple is a great place to see as there are many other things to do and see. You can go to the temple, shop for food, take pictures of many women in traditional dress. Walk around park and shopping areas and just take in everything. Good for induviduals or the whole family.

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A very crowded lovely place with many tourists. Connected with the Nakamise shopping street, it is no doubt one of the best places in Tokyo for sightseeing. The temple itself is nicely located in the heart of Asakusa and surrounded with buildings, shops, food, people etc. It has one of the best landscape view and atmosphere was perfect for those... More 

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Mendoza, Argentina
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The temple is beautiful. It is one of the most beautiful temples in Tokyo. It is really nice to visit and walk around the gardens. You can do Omikuji there.

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Met at tourist info center across the street from the temple entrance after traveling from Ueno Keisei Station by Shitamachi bus (S-1 route) on a 5¥ day pass. Our guide, Kazu Tanaka, was excellent in conveying the history, meaning and symbolism in the temple grounds in easily understood English. Well worth our time! Looked as if the shopping was good... 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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