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Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa

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Completed in 645 CE, Senso-ji Temple 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 Senso-ji Temple to your Tokyo travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tokyo attractions planning website .
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  • Senso-ji is ancient Japanese Temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. Buddhist religious ceremonies are held regularly inside the temple. Also a lot of traditional shops sell diverst goods and food.  more »
  • For me it is one of the most colorful temples in Tokyo. The colors are spectacular and if you want good photos waiting to fall overnight. A must-see.
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  • The most popular and colourfull Tokyo's temple. Located in asakusa. Do not forget to wear your favourite yukata to get the vibe of tourist feeling. Hehehee  more »
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  • A very large and popular temple. There's a decent amount of seating nearby if you walked a long way. There's also a nice market area close by that's worth checking out. The temple area itself is extremely busy and full of tourists on peak days and times. You may want to go at an off time if you don't want to be surrounded by others.
  • Of course this is the best temple in Tokyo maybe all of Japan as well. Keep coming back here because of how much I love it and the area as well. So many fun memories with friends here too. Definitely my favorite attraction in Tokyo. Will always hold a special place in my heart for this area.
  • Really nice temple. Very popular amongst travelers / tourists. Lots of nice markets nearby and guides who offer tours for a fee. A bit crowded if you ask me. I wouldn't recommend this place if you have trouble with small personal space. However if you're 1.80 meters or taller you see above most of the people there. I myself prefer the tempels witch have fewer people. Its somehow more comfortable compared to the highly visited. But never the less, a really huge Temple and a great experience.
  • Great experience .. the temple is quite majestic. on a Sunday you will also see local people there for prayers. The market surrounding the temple is also kind of fun .. but there could be too many people .. use the two side allies to avoid the foot traffic. Good way to taste different kinds of Japanese food and dessert too.
  • Impressive temple accessible easily from the subway. The temple is located very close to the Asakusa stop on the subway. Along the walk from the station, there are street markets where you can pick up food and souvenirs. The temple itself can get pretty crowded but the scale of it makes it very visible from anywhere nearby. The area is not huge so you can walk around it fairly easily.
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