Senso-ji Temple

金龍山 浅草寺

2-3-1 Asakusa
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The symbol of Asakusa, Sensoji Temple is known as the oldest temple in Tokyo, founded in 628 after two fishermen hauled up a small golden statue of Bodhisattva Kannon from the Sumida River and despite trying to get rid of it, it kept surfacing in their nets, so they decided to keep it. Their chief of the village, Hajino Nakamoto, being a devout Buddhist, recognized the statue as holy and enshrined it by remodelling his house into a small temple so that all in the village could worship Kannon.

Today, around 30 million visitors from throughout Japan and from abroad visit the temple every year. The huge lanterns hung at the Kaminari (Thunder) Gate are a landmark of the area, and taking a selfie here is a must. The temple is a popular spot for Japanese for hatsumode, or the first prayer of the year, when over three million visitors come in just the first three days of the new year. The Nakamisedori approach leading up to the temple is lined with shops selling traditional snacks and souvenirs, and makes for an entertaining walk.

The temple, located in the heart of old Edo, was where shoguns came to worship, including the first Edo shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, who offered up his prayers for the shogunate here. Sensoji was the guardian temple of the northeast gate and Zojoji Temple in Shiba, near Tokyo Tower, was meant to guard the southwest gate, and both temples were adopted as Tokugawa’s family temples. “Senso” is another way of reading the characters for Asakusa, and Tokugawa’s patronage made the Asakusa temple area the heart of Edo culture.


2-3-1 Asakusa

January - March
Monday - Sunday: 06:30-17:00

April - September
Monday - Sunday: 06:00-17:00

October - December
Monday - Sunday: 06:30-17:00


Jenica ann Viray

Go early here to avoid crowd if you want to feel solemn. Buy lucky charms for you to bring home.

Isabelle Pequignot

A must if you are visiting Tokyo. It does get extremely crowded, so go early in the morning when it is slightly less crowded.
Make sure to get a fortune (which has an English translation!!!)

Mariska Regina

I recommend you to buy some good luck charm from this place for you souvenir to bring back home. It sells various types of good luck charms with different purposes, such as health, love, wish come true, etc.
Once you enter the main gate (Kaminarimon Gate), I suggest you to walk pass Nakamise-dori and visit the temple first. After that, you can go back and walk along Nakamise-dori and try some of popular street food along the way back to the main gate.


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