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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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Nice tourist place- Good to visit in night

Personally this place felt like a tourist place than a temple. I liked the Kyoto shrines better. Visited Senso-ji first, so I wasn't disappointed. Visited around 6.00pm and... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Personally this place felt like a tourist place than a temple. I liked the Kyoto shrines better. Visited Senso-ji first, so I wasn't disappointed. Visited around 6.00pm and all the lights were on, red lights all over gave a different look to the place. You can expect the crowd.From here you can get a view of Tokyo sky-tree. Nearby there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Place is very touristy lively loud n fun. An touristy insight in to Japans Temple. Lots of souvenier shops around. Free entry.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is rather big! Nice photo opportunities and a nice walk from the Asakusa neighborhood. They have an area where you can pray to test your fortune.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful Buddhist temple, and well maintained. But oy...the people. Major tourist trap. We spent a good amount of time in Kyoto before Tokyo so it was a little overwhelming to us being around all those people (same with Meiji) but it's not disappointing. If this is the main option you will have for a temple visit in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although it was very crowded with 'worshippers' We had visited lots of temples in Kyoto and were glad to find one inTokyo. The shopping streets around are nice and good for souvenirs Abou 30 min walk to theSky Tree

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this is a beautiful temple with so much to see and admire, even if you're not religious - it's just awe-inspiring! As well as all of the individual shrines and statues, etc, there's a thriving market which is well worth browsing. It can get crowded, but just go with the flow and enjoy the experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This temple and surrounding-grounds are pleasant.The visiting crowds are part of the fun and chasing the bad-spirits .Some Japanese ladies are dressed in bright Kimonos.If asked, many of them will gladly pose with you for a photo-opportunity.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

when we visited this place, it was after a heavy rain, so there were only a bunch of people so we did enjoy every minute of it... we took excellent photos... but after an hour, a barrage of tourist came and you cant take a decent photo. but all in all, worth visiting to have a taste of japanese culture.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this temple for a local experience. Observed that the temple was busy with people, both locals and tourists. Worth visiting for a local experience, considering that you could also have a good experience at the shopping street too. My family visited the temple again after dinner on the same day and the night view was beautiful, with less... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Perfect place for culture explore plus souvenir shopping all around. Went there on the last day in Japan with snowy rain made it even better. Spent the last money on souvenirs unless would buy more and more. Would come back next time.

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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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