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Senso-ji Buddhist Temple

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Senso-ji Buddhist Temple

Sensoji, also called Asakusa Kannon Temple, is one of the oldest Buddhist Temple in the capital located in the Asakusa district. The temple complex consists of two main gates, the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) and Hozoman Gate, Nakamise-Dori Street, a five-storied pagoda, and the main hall of the temple.

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According to legend, Sensoji was established in 628 A.D by two brothers who fished a statue of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy out of the Sumida River. They returned the statue into the river, but it always found its way back. The Sensoji was built nearby in honor of Kannon and was completed in 645 A.D. It was then rebuilt as the temple was bombed and destroyed during World War II. It has then become a symbol of rebirth and peace for the capital.

Visitors go to the Sensoji Temple to pray and express gratefulness to Kannon at the main hall. Prior to entering the main hall, there is the Chozuya, where you purify yourself by pouring some water onto your hands and mouth before you enter the main hall. In front of the temple's main hall, people gather around a jokoro, a massive incense burner. The visitors waft the incense over their heads and other body parts with their hands, which is believed to heal wounds and improve the function of the body part. Before reaching the main hall of Sensoji Temple, you will approach a famous street called Nakamise-Dori.

How to Get to the Sensoji Temple
Opening Hours: 6:00-17:00
Entrance Ticket: Free
Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032
Duration: 3 hours


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Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there an entrance fee to the Senso-ji Temple?
    To visit the Senso-ji temple, there is no charge for entry and no need for reservations. Senso-ji is one of Tokyo's most popular temple, so expect bigger crowds when visiting. You can get your fortune told at the temple for just 100 yen (approximately $1.00 USD), with paper fortunes that show your future.
  • What hotels are located near Senso-ji Temple?
    Hotels located near Senso-ji Temple are Wired Hotel Asakusa, Ryokan Kamogawa, Sakura Hostel Asakusa, Residential Hotel B: CONTE Asakusa, and Nine hours Asakusa. These hotels are within the same area, all less than a 5-minute walk to Senso-ji Temple.
  • What restaurants are located near Senso-ji Temple?
    Restaurants located near Senso-ji Temple are Kikko, Asakusa Naritaya (ramen), Sukemasa Coffee, Yoshinoya, and Kokonoe (signature snack of Asakusa). These restaurants/cafes are within a 5-minute walking distance.
  • What attractions are located near Senso-ji Temple?
    Attractions located near Senso-ji Temple are Asakusa Shrine, Hozomon, Asakusa Kimono Rental Rikawafuku, and Hozuki Ichi.
  • How do you access Senso-ji Temple?
    If you are taking the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa, take Exit 1 and walk straight. If the Tokyo Skytree is behind you, you are walking the right direction. After one minute, you will see the Kaminarimom Gate to your right, which is the entrance to Senso-ji Temple.

    If you are coming from Tokyo Station, you will take the JR Yamanote Line to Kanda Station and transfer over to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa, which will take about 10 minutes.

    If you are coming from Shinjuku Station, you will take the orange JR Chuo Line to Kanda Station and transfer to the Ginza Subway Line for Asakusa, which will take about 10 minutes.
  • What is the best time and day to visit Senso-ji Temple?
    The weekdays are the best days to visit Senso-ji Temple. The temple will still be crowded, but they are more manageable compared to the weekends. The best time during the day to visit Asakusa's Senso-ji Temple is early mornings before noon.
  • Is there a dress code when visiting Senso-ji Temple?
    There is no strict dress code for visiting Japanese temples. As temples are religious places, they are also seen as tourist sites, so it's normal to see people with modest skin coverage wearing jeans, shorts, etc. If you are going for a special ceremony, you may want to dress formally, but for normal tourist visits, you can dress as you'd like according to weather or what you have planned in the day.
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