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Senso-ji Temple, Taito

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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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  • Plenty to see. An amazing temple and surrounding area. Very crowded on the day we went but I would imagine it’s like that most days. Would definitely recommend a visit.  more »
  • It is a beautiful temple, very well maintained and easy access since it is not too far from the subway exit. Pity that there are a lot of people this afternoon. After a short visit, we left in a restaurant not far from the temple. It is best to visit this temple fairly early to avoid the crowd
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  • The whole neighborhood is very interesting with the temple of course but also shopping streets. However, it is very dense in terms of number of visitors but the atmosphere u is very typical. Attention to the prices that are much better market to two streets.
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  • 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.
  • Famous temple that is visited by many tourists. It is a good spot for those who want to experience many different types of temple architecture in one place. It gets very crowded and loud because of this. There are also many stalls selling souvenirs and food outside of it. Visitors should know that this is not your usual temple experience, usually they are peaceful and quiet and lack the tourist appeals. But it is still a beautiful place despite this.
  • A very peaceful place where you can relax and think. Astonishing architecture with both color, nature and spirituality. You should try to visit in early April in aim to see the cherry blossoms. Or at least one after they did.... Amazing. Nothing else.
  • Love the atmosphere there. I don't like crowded places but the crowds somehow make this place even more appealing. For a touristy place, you can't beat it's ambience. If it's the first time for you, you should take some time to see the shops. But I just go there to see how happy people are to be amongst so many other.
  • Step back in time as you stroll through the beautiful temple. There will be many souvenir shop before arrive at the temple, sip on Hello Kitty cappuccino near by. I would recommend allowing time to explore around the temple ground and walking through the many shop. Fun day to see the sights of old Japan.
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