Attraction 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture 111-0032, Japan Published on: 10-04-2016
|1 hours 30 mins|
|06:00 AM - 05:00 PM|
Temple & Monument
Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple) is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple) is special ?
One of the prime reasons that draw majority of people to Tokyo’s Asakusa district is Senso-Ji temple. Senso-Ji Temple is perhaps the most revered of all Buddhist shrines in Tokyo. Also referred to as Asakusa Kannon, this shrine is located within an astounding and expansive temple complex in Asakusa – a prime region of Tokyo’s downtown. With a history dating back to the 7th century, Senso-Ji is not only the oldest temple in the region but also one of the most visited places of worship in the country. It is estimated that more than 30 millions of devotees flock here per year.
What to explore at Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple)?
When approaching the temple, visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), the outer gate of Sensoji Temple and the symbol of Asakusa and the entire city of Tokyo.
A shopping street of over 200 meters, called Nakamise, leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate, the Hozomon. Alongside typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. The shopping street has a history of several centuries.
Beyond the Hozomon Gate stands the temple's main hall and a five storied pagoda. Destroyed in the war, the buildings are relatively recent reconstructions. The Asakusa Shrine, built in the year 1649 by Tokugawa Iemitsu, stands only a few dozen meters to the left of the temple's main building.
Various events are held throughout the year in the Sensoji Temple area. The biggest of them is the Sanja Matsuri, the annual festival of the Asakusa Shrine, held in May. Other events are the Asakusa Samba Carnival in August and the Hagoita-ichi (Hagoita Market) at which decorated wooden paddles used in the traditional game of hanetsuki are sold.
How to get to Sensoji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple)?
Tobu Isezaki Line: 5 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line: 5 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station
Tsukuba Express: 5 minutes by foot from Asakusa Station
Toei Asakusa Line: 7 minutes by foot from the A4 Exit of Asakusa Station
Keisei Town Bus
Taito Ward Loop Bus Megurin
- Food, gifts and temple experience
- A great temple complex
- Crowded but still worth a stop
- A Highlight of Asakusa
- Nice place to walk around at night time
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture 111-0032, Japan
Tips for you
Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple dates from the year 645. Just outside its Thunder Gate entrance is a bustling market where you can find anything.
You can see why sensoji brings in the big crowds! This was my first temple in Japan and I definitely get why people visit. The whole experience from the shopping street right through to the temple itself is awesome. By the time I went into the temple, bought some souvenirs and lazily strolled it easily took over an hour. But definitely worthwhile