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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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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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Mendoza, Argentina
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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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one of the famous shrines in tokyo. with the help of our guide we performed a small ritual. its very crowded and has lots of street shops and eateries

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Interesting but very crowded so try and go early and not on a weekend as we did! Well worth the visit

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A very busy street full of locals and tourists- at the end of the street there is a temple with lots to buy on the way

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Beautiful shrine near many little shops and some department stores. Lots of tourists and locals in this area.

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Super Crowded but the best temple in Tokyo I guess, the Huge lantern is such an icon, the temple is beautiful. Even though it was raining there were lots of people there, and we could manage to take great pictures with the lantern.

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A really great expereince visiting this buddhist shrine in the middle of the city. Crowded but peaceful, you feel like you have come to old Japan. Very well preserved and clean great for pictures. We came on a beautiful sunny day and spent a few hours here, nice places to eat around here can easily spend half a day just... More 

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I particularly love this temple and have visited it on 2 trips to Tokyo. I enjoy looking at the markets leading toward the temple. You can buy street food,specialty food and lovely Japanese gifts. I found the prices very reasonable. Great photo opportunities here as there is a bridge,gardens and statues. Some local girls were wearing traditional dress and allowed... More 

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We didn't have time to visit the first time we were in Tokyo so we made sure to come this time. It is a beautiful, must see attraction in Tokyo. It reminded us of all the beautiful temples in Kyoto. Crowded, but not in a way that you couldn't walk around. Many cherry blossoms in the area as well which... 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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