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“Perhaps Tokyo's #1 Tourist Destination”
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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.
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“Perhaps Tokyo's #1 Tourist Destination”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

The place is quite touristy, and the pathway leading to the temple is sprinkled with a lot of stores selling souvenirs. The Buddhist temple is the highlight of Asakusa, and in there, you can offer prayers. For 100 Japanese Yen, your luck can be determined by choosing random sticks that corresponds to a prediction - this can be done before you actually enter the temple (right side).

There is a pagoda in the area as well, which looks very grand and the Tokyo Sky Tree can be seen as well. The area has perhaps the oldest Town Center in Tokyo. You can appreciate it more with a tour guide telling you stories about the temple. Small children might not appreciate the place.

Visited June 2014
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“A bit touristy, but still beautiful and bustling.”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Sensoji temple is one of the must-go to attractions when visiting Asakusa. It's the oldest temple in all of Tokyo. It starts with a massive gate in front with the two guardians in front protecting the temple. A few relics line this gate including a traveler's sandal you touch for good luck in your travels.

After a street lined with tons of markets with souvenirs and food lead the way to the main temple. This is a good chance to get some souvenirs for your loved ones back at home. Some places were more expensive than others, so be on the look out.

The main temple was a big beautiful Japanese Buddhist style red temple with a pagoda nearby. An incense well nearby allows you to bath in the smoke of temple for good fortune. You can pray, make wishes, or donations, and take tons of pictures with.

If you have a chance, visit the Shinto shrine just nearby the temple to see the other common Japanese religion. It might be a little quieter.

Visited June 2014
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Rabat, Morocco
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“Definetely a temple to Visit in Tokyo”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

It was one of the temples i wanted to visit in Tokyo, and i was globally not disappointed.

The way to the temple is really interesting, as you would find old Japanese architecture and old shop too, going through the Market.

At the Temple, well the usual. But here the interesting thing, is that it's big and there is a lot more to see.

The only point that i disliked and it was normal, it's the fact that it was crowded.

Visited April 2014
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“True asakusa Tokyo style”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Amazing and genuine local and traditional temple with awesome vibe and a smoke bath in the crisp morning is perfect.
Situated right next the Richmond asakusa hotel which is also superb is a great combination and I highly recommend .

Visited January 2014
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

This is probably the most visited temple in Tokyo. It's quite awe inspiring. We twice during the trip ans it's always buzzing. You also always see people in tradiotnal outfits, young and old, which is fab to see.

I however find the modern stalls too much. Would have much preferred some old traditional huts, rather than their modern rebuild. But as far as modern rebuild go (if you like those, then they're on the great side) ...

Visited July 2013
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