Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa

Senso-ji Temple
4.5
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Neighbourhood: 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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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia503 contributions
Mar 2021
Sensoji is perhaps the most famous and photographed of Tokyo's temples. It is the oldest Buddhist temple in the capital, and the five-story pagoda, trails of incense and vast eaves will take you back to a Tokyo of time gone by. The Kaminari-mon (lightning gate), long promenade (Nakamise Dori) and the temple itself are some of the biggest tourist attractions in the city.
Written 5 January 2022
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goi⋆⸜ ⚘ ⸝⋆
Taito, Japan1,390 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Sensoji Temple in Tokyo Asakusa
Hatsumoude(first visit of the year to a shrine)
In Japan, it is customary to visit temples and shrines on New Year's Day.(Oshogatsu)
2022. 1. 1 ⛩️🎍🌅🎍
✼••┈┈••✼••┈┈••✼••┈┈••✼••┈┈••✼
初詣
浅草寺にて
今年は何事にも不安のない世の中になりますように…
普通に生活出来る事が一番の幸せであるのかを
手を合わせお祈りしました… 2022.1.1
✨✨✨🎍ⓗⓐⓟⓟⓨ💠🆕🐯year🎍✨✨✨
✼••┈┈••✼••┈┈••✼••┈┈••✼••┈┈••✼
Written 1 January 2022
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Miki B
Irvine, CA4 contributions
Oct 2020
If you have a short time in Tokyo, this temple is must visit. It is beautiful at night with lights up too. I recommend visiting during the day because the shops around here are so unique.
Written 2 September 2021
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy423 contributions
Apr 2021
When we talk about the capital city of Japan, the first things coming up to our minds are skyscrapers, juvenile trends, technology and modernity, and we forget the “old soul” of this crazy city.
Well, that’s right, in the recent years it became a bit too much touristic, but it still has its charm.
You also can rent a kimono and pretend to have a journey to the past to Ancient Japan!
Written 26 June 2021
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Jimmy Chai
Singapore313 contributions
Apr 2020
This is right behind Hozomon. If you come here during new year eve for celebration. you will stack in crowd like us
Written 28 March 2021
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Pablo Rodriguez
Miami, FL3 contributions
Mar 2021 • Solo
This place was really incredible. (Though if you’re not a fan of smoke be careful towards the middle.)

Really colorful, great photo opportunities, and getting my fortune at the start of the new year was something I always wanted to cross of my bucket list. You can even hear the monks sometimes.
Written 19 March 2021
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Agungsbatu
Tangerang, Indonesia237 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
You can see heritage of Japanese transitional temple here, and you buy a souvenir, handycraft tradiotional etc. Www find food but you have to enjoy by walk for this attraction.
Written 16 January 2021
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goi⋆⸜ ⚘ ⸝⋆
Taito, Japan1,390 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
SEN-SO-JI TEMPLE ASAKUSA

A Happy New Year. 🌈✨🐄
(AKEMASHITE OMEDETO GOZAIMASU)
May people all over the world be happy without anxienty this year.
During the New Year Hollidays in Japan, (OSHOGATSU🎍)many people come to Sensoji Temple to pray for a year without illness.
I also joined hands and prayed for a peaceful year.

※浅草寺 は…
聖観世音菩薩 を御本尊とする
聖観音宗単立の 1400年の歴史をもつ観音霊場
坂東三十三箇所観音霊場 第13番札所
江戸三十三箇所観音霊場 第1番札所

初詣には多くの人々が訪れますが、
今年は感染拡大中のお正月になりましたので
分散参拝を意識して皆さんも訪れているようです
いつ訪れても神様は見守って頂けますので
人々が落ち着いたらまたゆっくりと参拝したい
大好きなお寺です*˙︶˙*)ノ"
Written 1 January 2021
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,786 contributions
Jan 2020
On our way to Tokyo's famous skytree, did we stop in Asakusa to take a look at the Senso-Ji Temple. While Tokyo was the last stop on our trip to Japan in 2019, had we already encountered numerous temples and shrines along the way in Kyoto and other famous places. Therefore we were already a bit desensibilized to them due to the inflationary high number of wonderful landmarks in this country, which does not mean that Senso-Ji isn't in any way less spectacular. The place is full of the spirituality and craftsmanship that Japan is reknown for and a very fotogenic spot to take pictures. It is an easy stroll and absolutely worthwhile!
Written 28 December 2020
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Places Happen
Brussels, Belgium7 contributions
Dec 2019
Oldest temple in Tokyo and definitely worth a visit. Also, its is located in a nice area to explore old Tokyo.
Written 25 November 2020
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