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Sensō-ji, Asakusa

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Completed in 645 CE, Sensō-ji holds the status of being the oldest temple in Tokyo. The temple grounds contain an independent Buddhist temple and a Shinto shrine. Enter through the imposing Thunder Gate and walk the shopping street, lined with about 90 food and souvenir shops and dating back to the early 18th century, up to the main hall. The temple complex, including the main hall, contains buildings both historic and reconstructed since World War II. Don’t miss the five-story pagoda and the garden and pond surrounding the "Demboin" (high priest’s residence). Add Sensō-ji to your Tokyo travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tokyo attractions planning website .
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  • One of major attractions in Tokyo, old shrine spared during WW2 areal bombing. Other than shrine itself rows of trading pavilions with tons of funny gimmicks and traditional souvenirs starting form wo...  more »
  • A must If you visit tokyo. And the streets surrounding the are are amazing as well to walk and eat on the area.  more »
  • Sadly really not a wonderful place to visit for no Bhuddists or Shinto. Because it is the oldest temple it is on the toursit list. If you are under time pressure, go elsewhere.  more »
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  • It’s moving to see a site that is both an active worship center, historical monument and attraction all in one. Visiting here you will are all three - and leave with an indelible memory of history and culture. Give yourself ample time to walk the structures - and to take in the surrounding market. They won’t disappoint.
  • Tourist trap for a thousand years. Good fun. The charms are now available in English and Chinese, too, for the massive influx of foreigners. Festivals are lively and quite crowded, food stands line the place. Very clean despite the crowds. Good people - talk to the staff and they are happy to explain.
  • A beautiful Sensoji temple. There are large gateway entrances that are definitely picture worthy (and you'll be among a million other tourist trying to get the same photo). Leading to the temple are rows of shops and side streets with more shops. It's a great place to spend a few hours shopping and experiencing history.
  • One of best temple in Japan. I visited this place in 2007. Its always crowded but cool atmosphere. If you want pictures of a lot of tourists in your pictures of this magnificent structure and surrounding area. Better to visit early morning. This is one of tourist destination in Japan you must visit. Also you can shopping on these area and get souvenirs. Visit the incense for good fortune. 100 yen for a good luck charm. I will visit again to this temple with my child. A must visit place for a visitor of Tokyo. The temple is very large and beautiful with lots of History. Very well maintained. Although very crowded during the most of the day, this place is still a very nice for a foreigner. Lots of Street shopping and eating options available around. Great place to visit in Tokyo. The Buddhist temple is magnificent. There are many souvenir shop. This is one of the best place to buy souvenirs of Japan. Very authentic traditional Japanese stuff available here. a good spot for a good photo. The area is surrounded by souvenirs and sweet shop, very cheerful and fun atmosphere. Staff only accept cash and do not speak English so be mentally prepared :) a must-visit for first time Tokyo visitors.
  • Awesome Buddha temple, Entrance both side will be full of shops, foreigner can find good souvenirs here. Once you are in, you can get traditional perfumed sticks smoke. In temple, you can see a beautiful designs, put candles, drop some coin and get your wish card. after that, you can see the around areas, take some photos with Buddha statue, colored fish on small bridge and tall building.
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