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Sensō-ji, Taito

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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). Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Sensō-ji by using our Tokyo vacation trip planner.
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  • Back roads, at night, Nakamise Street (Front Street), not one is recommended. Because the loud and crowded during the day, anywhere, is not the evening-only at night is really like. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed during the cherry blossom season is less. It is a tourist destination came the foreign friends, I 外senai.
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  • Set in the old Asakusa ward, the Temple is surrounded by shops and food carts. Popular with tourists and locals. 
  • Fit during the day was very crowded from the trash to the Senso-ji Temple, the multinational people awash with and lively is good, but night Senso-ji Temple is relatively quiet, stately and Nice.
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  • 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.
  • If you want to be at the heart of Tokyo's religious history, visiting Senjō-ji Temple must be on your itinerary. Tourists have their pictures taken at the red giant lantern at Kaminarimon entrance (front entrance). Senjō-ji is the oldest temple in Tokyo and what's amazing is next to it stands Asakusa Temple, a Shinto Temple.
  • Surrounding stores and shops make me feel as if i can sennse a little bit of the Edo jidai. More likely to encounter a real edokko in the neighborhood.
  • It was fun walking around seeing all the great architectural wonders of the past. One thing that annoyed me was that a lot of people thought I was a local and asked me questions non-stop. I spent good half of my time at this place telling people I'm from America.
  • Magical place, takes you back to the old days of Japan. Try to be as respectful as you can because it is one of the most important sacred places for Buddhism and Shintoism. I have been told that it was destroyed during WWII and now it is a symbol of peace.
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