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Sensō-ji, Taito

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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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  • Business card of Tokyo. You should visit at least once. In addition to temples, there are stalls-best place for souvenir shopping in Tokyo.
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  • Beautiful temple and architecture. Being a tourist attraction will naturally make it crowded, but this place was unimaginably crowded during mid day. Try going before 9 or 10 am to have lesser crowds;...  more »
  • Easily found, the Giant Lantern which adorns everything which talks about travel in Japan. Once found, it is recommended that the shopping street which swallows endless time is best avoided initially....  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.