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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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Stunning grandeur

This temple is a must-see landmark of Tokyo with the iconic giant red chōchin hanging under Kaminarimon. Lots of shops selling snacks and souvenirs line the Nakamise-Dōri, the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 May 2016
Thanasan N
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Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

No tour guide and very limited English explanation, so, it was hard to understand what locals were doing. Market around was nice

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Probably because I'm not a temple kind of a guy, my views could be biased. This is good for a few photos here and there. Though we did see a wedding take place which I believe is a common occurrence there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

This temple is a must-see landmark of Tokyo with the iconic giant red chōchin hanging under Kaminarimon. Lots of shops selling snacks and souvenirs line the Nakamise-Dōri, the main street leading to the temple. Before entering the main temple, you can cleanse your hands and mouth with holy water and light incense sticks. Lots of people come here to make... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

Seeing Tokyo should include seeing this temple simply to say you have. It's very busy with many many people. The temples are only visible from the outside. The little road leading up the temple is filled with shops which could be appealing to some but I found it all feeling like a big tourist trap. Many fit guys outside that... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

This was one of our favorite temples in Tokyo, and it's located in one of our favorite areas of the city! Cleanse your body with the incense burner before going in, and go through the purification ritual too. It's definitely worth your trip!

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Tsukuba, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

Unlike many temples in Kyoto and Nara, there is no historic heritage in Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo. But, they say it was build in 645, as Tokyo's oldest temple. Anyway, it is the iconic Temple at Asakusa and one of most a must see in Tokyo.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

This is a beautiful temple but the vendors inside the temple grounds may make the experience a little less solemn.

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Trieste, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Great Temple and gardens just in the center of Asakusa. Lots of souvenir shops and restaurants that will enchant you with that traditional feel that we were looking for. The temple it self is well preserved and kept clean, lots of tourists but not overcrowded.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

It's a really touristy spot, and it is really crowded during holiday seasons. If you're not looking to visit a "tourist-must-go" place then I'd say you may skip it. You will get to watch some of the temple rituals (from a distance) if you're there at the right time. The shopping street in front of the temple is a great... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

You can feel very free & frolic when you reached here, its resembles like our Newari temples in Nepal. the architect is great one to view.everybody wants lovely picture with the other to captured.

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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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