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Senso-ji Temple

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Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
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Phone Number: +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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The temple was beautiful and I appreciated the warnings from other reviewers as to how crowded it could be.

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North Miami Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The temple was beautiful and I appreciated the warnings from other reviewers as to how crowded it could be.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Sensoji temple located at Asakusa, we arrived from Asakusabashi by subway. No JR train from our hotel, so we take subway. Easy to find, before enter the temple.before entered the temple we walk trough market called Nakamise market. Most touristas come for praying in this temple

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Excellent temple in the centre of Tokyo. Love the little souvenirs shop on the way to the temple. There's loads of statues to see and plenty of photos to take. You can also do a self fortune reading for ¥100.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Its a great place to spend half a day with family of all ages. Visiting the temple understanding the Japanese culture but this place is also surrounded with small shops and restaurants selling local delights. Its a must visit place in Tokyo if you are first time in the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We just came back from a wonderful trip to Tokyo and surrounding cities. Sensoji was definitely the best place that we visited, simply because it was a wonderful mix of tradition and modernity that Japan represents. The shops on the street leading to the temple were so amazing that I regretted not going there again to buy goodies and gifts.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was really crowded, but you can understand why after going to it. A very nice temple easily accessible in Tokyo. The market around it is fun to walk around at too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Move away from busy life in the city that never sleeps. The Senso-Ji temple is definitely worth a visit. Not only the temple but the whole area is very nice. There are hundreds of souvenir shops and even that is a very nice experience. Respect the signs and allow a positive spirit to guide you through this wonderful area of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must for all visitors to Tokyo - classic Japanese temple, composed of 3 major parts, and four smaller, with a street market in between and praying places (holy water, holy fire). Worth going - a perfect opportunity for photos!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Senso-ji Temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo. Located in Asakusa, it's just 15 mins train ride away from the Tokyo train station. The most prominent icon of this temple is probably the huge red chochin lantern located at the Kaminarimon Gate. There are also many shops outside the temple. The temple is also a good photo spot at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Off course it is beautifully and a must see. but be ready extremely busy. Many shops trying to sell you stuff. However at the end is a great Temple to see.

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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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