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Sensō-ji Temple
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Sensoji Temple which includes religious aspects and a temple or place of worship

Mercy meets modernity at this centuries-old Buddhist temple which draws thousands of visitors every day.

Much of modern life in Tokyo revolves around the latest technology, but there’s still space for the spirituality of Buddhism. At Sensoji Temple, Buddhist monks practise their ancient way of life in the oldest temple in Tokyo, a five-storey red and white pagoda, set among the high rises of the city.

The temple’s history dates back to the seventh century with a tale steeped in legend. The story goes that two brothers were out fishing one day and found a small statue of the Japanese goddess of mercy, Kannon, trapped in their nets. After they tried without avail to return the Bodhisattva Bato-kannon (the statue of Kannon) to the river, they kept it. The brothers and a third man, a wealthy landlord and chief of the village, devoted their lives to Buddhism and built a shrine to honour the goddess and protect the statue. For this reason, the three men are commemorated today along with the statue itself.

As the popularity of the temple grew, shops around the temple began to open, selling souvenirs and snacks.

The very statue that was rescued from the fishermen’s nets is displayed to the public in the Komagatado Hall on the 19th day of each month, under the watchful eyes of the presiding Buddhist monks. And during May, Sensoji Temple hosts the festival of the Asakusa Shrine with three days of traditional music and dancing as the mikoshi (portable shrines) of the three men are paraded around the temple area. The streets are thronged with people playing flutes and drums, singing and trying to catch a glimpse of the celebrations.

The temple complex with its imposing Kaminarimon (Thunder Gates), main hall, pagoda and Asakusa Shrine is a stunning example of Buddhist architecture. When the temple was rebuilt after the Second World War, it became for many a symbol of rebirth, much like a tree in the grounds which, when hit by a bomb, regrew in the charred shell of its old trunk.

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3.5 out of 5
2-96 Asakusa, Tokyo, Tokyo
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Located in Asakusa, this hotel is steps away from Sensō-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Tokyo Sky Tree and Ueno Onshi Park are also within 1 mile (2 km). Asakusa ...

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Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
3 out of 5
2-7-20, Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$149 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.

Located in Asakusa, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hanayashiki Amusement Park, Sensō-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Ueno Onshi Park and Kaminarimon are ...

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Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
Four bedrooms house near Sensoji Temple
Four bedrooms house near Sensoji Temple
2 Chome Asakusa, 66-5, Tokyo, Tokyo
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Located in Asakusa, this property is steps away from Sensō-ji Temple and Asakusa Shrine. Tokyo Sky Tree and Ueno Onshi Park are also within 1 mile (2 km). Asakusa ...

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23 Dec. 2019

Go early, or late. It gets really crowded really quickly once the shops in the area open.

5/5 - Excellent

Gio

26 Nov. 2019

Go at night! The place looks amazing with the lights on at night and you skip the crowds.

4/5 - Good

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31 Oct. 2019

Less crowded on a weekday

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Oct. 2019

Lots of people renting kimono and walking around -didn't feel very authentic.

5/5 - Excellent

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18 Jul. 2019

There is a small amusement park a short walk from the temple where there is a small entrance fee and rides start from 100yen

5/5 - Excellent

Rod

16 Jul. 2019

Very accessible. Easy to see sights and surrounding area

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Asakusa View Hotel  annex rokku
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3.5 out of 5
2-96 Asakusa, Tokyo, Tokyo
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Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
Onyado Nono Asakusa Natural Hot Springs
3 out of 5
2-7-20, Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$149 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.
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Four bedrooms house near Sensoji Temple
Four bedrooms house near Sensoji Temple
2 Chome Asakusa, 66-5, Tokyo, Tokyo
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Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International
3.5 out of 5
2-6-7 Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo
The price is NZ$186 per night from 25 Apr. to 26 Apr.
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Richmond Hotel Asakusa
Richmond Hotel Asakusa
3 out of 5
2-7-10 Asakusa, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$97 per night from 15 Apr. to 16 Apr.
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Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu
Ryokan Asakusa Shigetsu
3 out of 5
1-31-11 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$188 per night from 22 Apr. to 23 Apr.
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Via Inn Asakusa
Via Inn Asakusa
3 out of 5
2-33-7 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$81 per night from 15 Apr. to 16 Apr.
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Super Hotel Asakusa
Super Hotel Asakusa
3 out of 5
2-33-1 Asakusa, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NZ$84 per night from 25 Apr. to 26 Apr.
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The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic
The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon by Hulic
3.5 out of 5
2-16-11 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NZ$112 per night from 21 Apr. to 22 Apr.
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