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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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  • There are no words to describe it is simply wonderful. All of its architecture. The sights, the market you moved to another wonderful world
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  • I went with a guide- well worth it to further one's understanding of Buddhist/Shinto religious culture. Read the story boards; they are well translated. Take time to look from all angles, and come ear...  more »
  • What is not many people think this place say Asakusa are crowded with people regardless of weekday holidays
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  • Beautiful shrine. Surrounding area is full of little open air shops which are a lot of fun to browse. Make sure you get your fortune. We googled it, you put some money in for a donation, then you take the silver box and shake it until a stick comes out. The stick has a number printed on it which you match up with the drawers. (You'll most likely need help if you're Canadians like us, so just look confused and someone will come along and help you out.) Once you find the drawer there will be a printed fortune in it. Be aware, your fortune is not necessarily going to be good, so if you're not happy with it, you're supposed to tie it to a rack that is there to negate it. The translations to English on the fortunes are almost as good as the fortunes themselves.
  • Very conveniently accessible via public transportation and close to other amenities within the area. I very much like how lively this temple is with the surrounding markets and streets. The temple is well visited from both tourists and locals alike. I would love to come back when one of the event is held.
  • Awesome architecture. But it was very crowed on New year days. The surrounding is beautiful. Love the takoyaki selling along the road leading to the temple. If you want to buy souvenirs, should consider this place. The souvenirs area sells a lot of beautiful 'Japanese style' goods.
  • One of my favorite areas in Tokyo. It is very lively during the day with all the shops open and tourists visiting. The temple is very impressive and beautiful. There are places you can pray and get some fortunes. There are a lot of shops where you can find traditional souvenirs and treats here. During festival time, a lot of street food vendors set up in this area. Definitely a stop to make in Tokyo! About 5 minute walk from all of the Asakusa metro/express stations.
  • I arrived before shops opened and there was very little foot traffic. Lots to see on the grounds and enough English signage to assist tourists. See everything on the grounds - venture around all the corners - make sure you get it all. I'd also recommend going during off hours if you don't care for crowds.

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