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Sensoji 浅草寺 Temples / Asakusa

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Senoso-ji is by far Tokyo's most famous temple. Constructed in 628, it is the oldest Buddhist temple within the city. Expect a bustling crowd whenever you go. The path leading to the main building is lined with lively shops where you can buy a wide variety of traditional Japanese items, from sweets to fabrics. The walk becomes a cultural experience in and of itself, and you'll be sure to find the perfect gift for the folks back home.

Categories Temples
Nearest Station Asakusa
Address 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku , Tokyo
Telephone 03-3842-0181
Home Page http://www.senso-ji.jp (Available in English)
Business Hours 6:00am-5:00pm

16 Reviews for Sensoji


herezjonny
  • Kaimaimiron "Thunder Gate"
  • (2011-07-20)
  • I loved this place. Its super easy to get to, easy to find, there is a Denny's nearby and it was literally right around the corner from my Hostel. During the night there are lots of little spots to eat and the "Thundergate" gives excellent night shots if you have a sturdy tripod. During the day it's like and entirely different world with people bustling around. I enjoyed it thoroughly. My

tokyo lady
  • Sensoji
  • (2010-10-25)
  • A tourist trap? I am not sure if I agree. I have lived here for 11 years so I am familiar with Kyoto and other places in Japan. I think that taking a visitor to Asakusa is high on the list. Yes, it isn't a place for a local to frequently visit if it isn't their SHTICK but on the other hand, it is a very energetic, interesting place to take newbies to Japan.

mermaid
  • Sensoji
  • (2010-07-19)
  • It’s overrated. Having been to Kyoto and seen the true beauty and majesty of truly serene and lovely temples and shrines this place shadows in comparison. Even in Tokyo you can find better. Easily. This place is a tourist trap, pure and simple, the complete onslaught of over-priced shop with low quality goods attest to this fact. It’s worth a look simple to see all the gullible tourists w... Read More

Gabriela
  • Senosoji
  • (2009-05-19)
  • This was an amazing temple. It's absolutely beautiful and is always full of people (both Japanese and tourists). If you have the opportunity, go during the festival season. Surrounding the temple there are a lot of touristy open-air shops and a lot of food shops. Some may call it a tourist trap, but if you're looking for good gifts to bring back home, this is the place to go. The souvenirs are hig... Read More

enigmatic
  • Sensoji
  • (2009-01-29)
  • The approach is lined with stores and shops. This traditional shopping area/mall is just wonderful. When you think of traditional Japan and what you see of Tokyo in movies, this is what you get. Large temple grounds with a pagoda, beautiful lit walk for the evening. If you can only visit one temple while you're in Japan, you should visit this one. This truly is a memorable site, and not jus... Read More

Biki
  • Great place to go, but err on the side of caution.
  • (2009-01-16)
  • Senso-ji is a good temple to go to since there is so much else to do in the area. There are a lot of temples and shrines that are better looking, more quiet, and more authentic temples in Tokyo besides than Senso-ji, but when it comes to planning your day and having other things to do in the area OTHER than the temple/shrine itself, Asakusa Senso-ji and Harajuku's Meiji-jingu are the best. There... Read More

studebaker
  • Sensoji
  • (2008-12-28)
  • This place is pure tourist trap. There are many better places to visit in Tokyo which will offer a more fulfilling cultural experience than Sensoji. The street up to the temple from the gate is lined with tourist shops selling touristy junk. The temple itself is decent (don't forget to look at the ceiling: there are some pretty interesting paintings up there) but the lead up to it and the way o... Read More

paiki
  • Sensoji
  • (2008-10-24)
  • I went to there in the Saturday Morning, about 11 AM, it was a little crowded, but not bad at all. There are a lot of souvenirs gathered from a lot of places in Tokyo in the front market. In the left wing market you can go practice traditional archery, and see some shopkeepers doing their stuff live. Also, if you search, there are some shops that you can get souvenirs cheaper than others places.

Amy
  • Cheesy tourist trap
  • (2008-10-09)
  • Not a must-see by any means, Sensoji is an unpleasently crowded tourist trap. The temple itself is nice, but only if your trip to Japan doesn't include visits to Kyoto, Kamakura or Nikko (all of which have nicer temples in nicer settings). The souvenir shops everyone talks about mostly sell over-priced junk, the same junk you can find at every other tourist area in Japan. And while the traditional... Read More

zaou
  • Sensoji
  • (2008-10-07)
  • the temple is very photogenic with the giant lantern and the two golden ones on each side. to the left of the entrance is the pagoda, and further inside a shrine. there is also a place for water purification as well as a large incense pot from which you can wave some smoke onto yourself for good luck. lining the path towards the entrance are extensive shops, good for japanese-y souvenirs and sw... Read More

faleelee
  • Senso-ji
  • (2008-06-30)
  • I like going to see traditional Japanesey things as much as the next person, but I don't like being jostled about in the process. I think that Senjoji is a really beautiful temple though, and one should visit it at least once while they are in Tokyo. Despite the overwhelming weekend crowd, the street leading up to the temple is worth checking out because you'll be able to find a souvenir for any... Read More

Arti383
  • Midday Visit
  • (2008-04-12)
  • The shrine is located at the end of a short stone road lined with street stall vendors selling sweets, noodles, fried everything, candied bananas, and lots of other cute stuff. As much as the shopping and eating is loads of fun, the shrine is a serious business. An armored warrior and dragons stand over you as you wash before entering and there’s a small crowd waiting to burn incense before the ... Read More

Lissa
  • Sensoji
  • (2008-03-10)
  • As everyone says, this is a must see for visiting Tokyo. As it is the most famous temple, it can also be very crowded on the weekends. On the weekdays there are fewer people and I think you can enjoy the area more fully. The shopping street leading to the main part of the temple contains so many Japanese treats and souvenirs. Here it is possible to get a 50 yen manju (soft cake thing filled wi... Read More

esther
  • Sensoji
  • (2007-10-02)
  • Highly recommended! The Shrine is popular and I really enjoyed my time there. It was very crowded at the entrance gate, with selling drinks and souvenirs and people taking photos with the huge lantern hanging down at the gate. It was even more people inside, and it is not hard to spot people wearing yukata there. There are contribution boxes all over for people to contribute and hope their wishes ... Read More

Nico
  • Sensoji
  • (2007-10-02)
  • Senso-ji is dedicated to the veneration of bodhisattva Kannon, who is usually depicted as female and representing compassion. Beyond that, Senso-ji is one of the biggest temples in Asakusa and home to many festivals and a thriving tourism industry. Asakusa is a must-visit area for visitors to Tokyo, and Senso-ji is one of the main stops in this colourful area that still retains some of the cha... Read More

Ryan
  • Sensoji
  • (2007-10-02)
  • Plastered with tourist, both foreign and Japanese, Sensoji is a very popular destination for all. This is one of the largest temples in Japan, but it's not just the temple that draws people; leading up to the temple is a long street packed with innumerable shops that pander to tourists and Japanese alike. There are all sorts of shops lining the street and adjacent streets that are lots of fun to l... Read More
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