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Asakusa Shrine, Taito

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Unlike most buildings in the area, Asakusa Shrine survived the Tokyo air raids in 1945 and remained one of the most popular Shinto shrines in the city. Built in 1649, the temple features the gongen-zukuri architectural style, in which the worship hall and the main sanctuary form a shape resembling the letter H. The temple, also called the "Shrine of the Three Gods," was designated an Important Cultural Property in 1951 due to its historic and cultural importance. Put Asakusa Shrine and other Tokyo attractions into our Tokyo trip itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • It is the first temple I saw in Tokyo and I fell in The neighborhood's delicious, I recommend sampling the goodies they sell in stalls along the way!
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  • Love the place, it can be crowded but the people are okay, they don't push you around. You can take your time to walk along the shops - local souvenirs and snacks. Do your fortune and make a wish. The...  more »
  • If you are in Asakusa area, this place - Asakusa Shrine is a must to visit. It brings lots of information about the life of the local Japanese - from architecture to the way they dress and speak. Is a...  more »
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  • Asakusa may be a super touristic place, but il also offers a nice walk between food and omiyage booths going towards the Senso-ji.
  • This place is really accessible,it may be too crowded at times,but it is a wonderful sight at night,several coffee shops lining up,traditional Japanese snacks (please try Mochi). Omiyage shops(gift shops). At the left side street is a bustling line up of restaurants and donquiote shop is there to satisfy your late night shopping for Japanese goods. Tip: asakusa donquiote houses a buffet restaurant for 1600yen. Unlimited sushi,yakiniku,shabu shabu.
  • You cannot leave Tokyo without visiting Senso-ji. Start the visit at Asakusa Kaminarimon's gate and just keep walking across the shopping street. Cross the second gate. You'll probably enjoy following all the rituals. If you are a not a religious person or buddhism or shintoism are not your religions try to be as respectful as you can, as many people go to pray and this rituals mean a lot to them. Not everybody is a tourist there. Stop at the "fortune telling chopsticks" and get your paper note with your fortune. If your fortune is bad you'll see some stands where you'll have to tie your bad fortune note. Then get to the incense burner and take a "bath" of smoke. Next go to the water fountain (temizuya) where you can "purify"your hands and your mouth(misogi). Watch how the locals do it so you follow all the right steps in the right order. Finally go to the altar, throw a coin into the "saisenbako" and again follow the locals' steps. Say your prayers and you are ready to leave your spot to another person. Have in mind that the place is full of people normally and it will take you some time to get from Kaminarimon to the altar. Bring some coins with you for the fortune telling and to throw to the "saisenbako" to pray. Also mind that is a temple and a lot of people go for religious reasons so try to be respectful.
  • This is an awesome place to visit. It's touristy but a worthwhile place to wall around and catch the sights. Totally awesome.
  • If you visit Senso-ji, remember to try the fried agemanju or fried breaded muffins stuffed with bean paste.