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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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Gorgeous Temple

The temple is very easy to find from the train station. There are some great souvenir shops all around. The whole site is very impressive and beautiful. During the day there's a... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2016
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Lake Forest
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

The temple is very easy to find from the train station. There are some great souvenir shops all around. The whole site is very impressive and beautiful. During the day there's a greater chance that the main temple is open, so visit before sun down. Expect large crowds, during vacation times and holidays expect very very large crowds.

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Reviewed 27 July 2016

Dragged my jet lagged self there before any of the shops leading up to it opened so I could see the Temple before the crowds converged on it. Beautiful. If you like the shops, stay to see them... there are lots of them on the walk up to the primary temple... there are additional structures nearby... the one I wanted... More 

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Reviewed 27 July 2016

The temple was beautiful, particularly during the Sakura season, but be prepared for the huge crowd. The shopping street leading to the temple was fun and interesting. The temple was definitely worth visiting.

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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

We went to the temple area twice: devoid of crowds in the evening, wandering through the quaint market streets, and being amazed how many bikes are used in Tokyo. And again on a Sunday morning, when the place was crawling with people and food stalls. The many flower shops proved a perfect photo scene for a bit of street photography!

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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

I don't really get the tourist obsession with visiting temples. This large temple is surrounded by stalls (handy), has public toilets and fortune sticks/boxes. It is busy.

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Came here with the family for a look around as we styed in an AirBnB nearby. The temple is amazing, not too big, and not to small. And it being a temple completely free. Make sure you try the cleansing ritual as you enter into the temple grounds. When in Japan you may as well follow the local customs. You... More 

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

We really enjoyed our visit here, gorgeous old temple, great souvenir shopping nearby and easy walk from station.

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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

One of the temples that you should go to. Very beautiful and you can make wishes. Lots of tourists and shops but worth the visit.

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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

It's an interesting place to visit. There are all sorts of fortune telling and good luck things to do... light incense, drink and anoint oneself with holy water, light candles, etc. The whole grounds is worth a look. The Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), the gardens... But the best thing is to visit during a service. They do chanting along with taiko... More 

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is the nexus for all things Tokyo shinto-esque. Full of tourists (minus 1star) and already crammed with photographers. Yes, it's iconic as every tourist brochure and every 1st time visitor must go here to pay homage to his/her intstagram altar. It's nice, photogenic, ticks all the right boxes. However, the sheer amount of tourists jostling for space detracts the... 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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