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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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This temple was the first temple stop i made when i was in Tokyo. Of course because the place easy to reach. its really on walking distance from Asakusa station. if you come from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Batam, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This temple was the first temple stop i made when i was in Tokyo. Of course because the place easy to reach. its really on walking distance from Asakusa station. if you come from the main gate of the temple you will pass Nakamise Dori. Its a place where you can buy Japanese souvenirs and also some kind of street... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Getting to the temple is quite easy as there are multiple stations close by to it. It does involve some walk but shouldn't take more than 10m. It does get crowded, but that usual to any big city. The temple looks amazing and the whole area is extremely vibrant. There is a buddha statue just outside the temple. You also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This really beautiful Buddhist temple is a must see in Tokyo. Definately worth visiting during one of the daily Sutra Chants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived in time for the Coming of Age Festival. Great joy and happiness with young women and men dressed in kimonos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice peaceful place to visit which has some great architecture and statues. There are also many souvenirs along the walk to the temple perfect for gift ideas.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you go during the day, you'll be caught in a massive swarm of tourists - kind of takes away from the temple experience. Much better ambiance in the evening, fewer people and the lights come on. Currently the pagoda is being maintained and is all covered up.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

very nice temple. There's also shops that sells souvenirs. although the price little expensive than akihabara. :) . but not recommend if you dont like crowded place. Getting there is very easy using the Tokyo Subway as the subway exit is very close to the temple entrance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This temple is Tokyo's most significant and oldest, a must-see for visitors. It was a highlight for my son and his family visiting from Europe. I have visited the temple many times. It also has special memory as it is a turning point for the Tokyo marathon. Visitors enjoy the entrance way Nakamise-dori, packed with souvenirs shops, vestiges of an... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The temple itself is very small. The main attraction I think are the streets around cover with small shop perfect for tourists. Don't go there during Chinese holiday to many of them will turn your perfect trip to disaster.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great shrine and surrounding, but one of the most crowdy places, we have experienced in Tokyo right behind to Shibuya pedestrian crossing and metro in rush hours. Need to go there in the morning, or later in the afternoon.

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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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